One more year

We are delighted to hear that Rosie & Patch have decided to continue their work as volunteers in Newcastle for one more year.

Rosie and Patch enjoyed a wonderful weekend with Dave, Shelagh and the Trustees in the sunny but cool Lancashire and Yorkshire countryside. It was a delightful weekend of visiting cultural and historical sites as well as lots of eating and socialising. On their return to Newcastle they entered a process of discernment and decided that they would continue to work as volunteers for one more year.

We wish them well in their second year and we will do all that we can to support them.

Rosie & Patch with cakes designed around their national flags baked by Shelagh

Rosie & Patch with cakes designed around their national flags baked by Shelagh

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A new home and a face lift

Painting the New Site on Good Deeds Day

On Saturday morning, 16 volunteers arrived at the project to paint our new second home at the College of the Assunção-Cenam centre. This kind and generous act was organised as part of International Goods Deeds Day, the volunteers putting themselves forward to help via the site of a Brazilian NGO called Atados.

The painting was a great success and the house, which previously was looking distinctly abandoned, is now looking smart. The sisters of the Assunção-Cenam centre laid on a lovely lunch for everyone involved and the whole job was prepared and organised to perfection by local professional painter Eliezer from the Pereira da Silva favela. We also had help from Roberto and Regivaldo who work at the Assunção-Cenam Centre.

As can be seen from the photos the school is very big and it was a great team effort to prepare and paint all of the green parts of the building in just one day. It was a very enjoyable day and many of the group have resolved to come back next Saturday to paint the white parts of the building.

We would like to say a big thank you to all of the people who were involved in this very special day and we would also like to thank UK charity Volunteer in Brazil Lancashire, Atados and Thamyrys Paz for the financial help in buying the painting materials.

Without a shadow of a doubt, the improved appearance of the school will help us to attract a new group of students from neighbouring favelas Fallet, Fogueteiro and Morro dos Prazeres. In other words, this means even more youngsters learning to play trumpet, clarinet, percussion, jazz and samba in Santa Teresa!

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A quick up date from Tom

 

Friday, 22 January 2016

Thank you to Alison Hawthorne, Vivace Strings and Solihull Music Service

It has been said before and it needs saying again: Favela Brass has great friends!

Professional double bass player and Doncaster Youth Jazz Association alumnus Alison Hawthorn now runs Vivace Strings, a youth orchestra, as part of Solihull Music Service. Just before Christmas Alison organized a public concert and a cake sale with staff and parents to raise money for Favela Brass. The events not only raised £230, but also yielded a donation of a trumpet to the project from Solihull Music Service!

Our success as a project is totally dependent on acts of kindness such as these. All of the shows, recordings and parades only become possible if the children are receiving the tuition necessary to learn to play their instruments, which in turn requires funding: with funding we can buy in local professional teachers to cover the gaps that we can’t meet with our volunteer staff, and with funding we can also attract more volunteer teachers by offering them a better deal in terms of help with accommodation and living costs.

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Sheep or goats?

Elias, a young farmer studying at the Agricultural College in Cristino Castro, is up and running with his new project.

Like many other young farmers in the region Elias is hoping to stay on his family farm and make a living from the land.

Sheep or Goats?

Sheep or Goats?

With the financial support of VinB and the technical support of Oliveira Elias has embarked on a new venture to raise animals that can thrive in semi arid conditions.

But can you tell whether his animals are sheep or goats?

In fact they are sheep!

But many a visitor to the region would easily make the mistake of identifying them as goats. Goats are also reared in the region but they are more difficult to rear because of their ‘adventurous’ nature. Sheep are more passive and docile.

We look forward to receiving updates on Elias’s flock

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Friends reunited

Just before Christmas Dave & Shelagh popped up to Newcastle to see Rosie

Dave & Shelagh were delighted to experience how well Rosie was speaking English and how well she has settled into life in the Pendower Project.

Friends reunited

Friends reunited

“It was great to see Rosie coping so well in her new environment, she was full of life and her English has developed so well since the last time we saw her in Rio” said Shelagh.

Margaret, Rosalba and Joe had visited Rosie in November and were equally thrilled by how well Rosie has taken to life in Newcastle.

Rosie’s coordinator informed us that Rosie was a fantastic volunteer who really gives of herself to the children and local community.

Well done Rosie.

We are all looking forward to receiving Rosie and her friend Patch in Chipping in the very near future.

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Serving local Communities

The Agricultural College in Cristino Castro continues to serve local communities.

Fernanda, the college director, and Miguel, a long standing friend and partner of Volunteer in Brazil, are both dedicated to enabling the Agricultural College in Cristino Castro to serve young farmers and their families in the wider region of Cristino.

For decades families have left their small farms in the countryside and migrated to the big cities of Brazil because making a living on the land in the semi arid region is extremely difficult.

Fernanda & Miguel

Fernanda & Miguel

The Agricultural College works with young farmers and their families to enable them to adapt and flourish in the environment and eco systems where they live.

Volunteer in Brazil has supported the College for many years and hopes to continue to support the vital services providing by the College for many years to come. 

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Up date from Tom in Rio

American percussionists Tyler Willoughby and Joe Howe from Southern Oregon University in the United States, currently in Rio performing and teaching at the Brazilian Music Conservatory, visited the project last week and decided to come back on Thursday, this time to help with some serious rhythm and snare drum training for our students. At the same time Brazilian professional trombonist Jonas Corrêa worked with our up and coming new crop of young trombone players, giving them a crucial orientation on basic trombone technique.

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The aim for Favela Brass is to be a centre of excellence,not just providing kids with music lessons, but allowing them a chance to be guided by top-notch professional musicians right from the start. That is clearly what was happening on Thursday and we are extremely grateful to Joe, Jonas and Tyler for donating their time and talent so generously to helping our young musicians.

 

 

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From Rio to Newcastle

Rose completed her training with the Assumptions in London and is already servicing her new community in  Newcastle.

Rose and friends

Rose and friends

The geordei accent is proving to be a bit of a challenge for Rose but her personal warmth and dedication are communicating much more effectively than words.

Rose engages with adults, young people and children through arts, crafts and sports.

“I believe this will be the best experience in my life” says Rose.

We wish Rose every success in the coming year. The trustees are planning to go to see Rose in the next few weeks.

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Young farmers and micro projects

Pigs, sheep and fish are the livestock chosen by young farmers to help support their families.

New arrivals

New arrivals

 

Maicon’s micro project is now into its second year and he is delighted with his third litter of piglets.

 

 

 

 

Rogério and his new pig sty

Rogério and his new pig sty

 

Regeiro is in the first phase of his project having just built a new pig sty.

 

 

 

 

Elias signs his micro project agreement form

Elias signs his micro project agreement form

 

Just starting out on his sheep rearing project Elias signs the VinB micro project agreement form.

 

 

 

 

Noe's fish farm

Noe’s fish farm

 

 

Noe’s fish farm is helping to supplement his family’s income.

 

 

 

 

 

Volunteer in Brazil continues to support young farmers in the semi arid regions of Cristino Castro, Santa Luz and Alvorado in the state of Piaui, North East Brazil.

 

 

 

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Volunteer in Brazil and Favela Brass

VinB continues to support young people and families in the Santa Teresa district of Rio through the Favela Brass Project.

Brass instruments are extremely expensive to buy in Brazil and brass tuition is almost non-existent in Rio’s state school system. Net result: children in Rio’s low-income neighbourhoods rarely learn to play brass, which is a huge shame considering that music plays such a central role in the cultural and social life of the city. The Favela Brass project aims to change that situation for children in a small favela (slum) called Pereira da Silva.

Tom Ashe and the Favela Brass project

Tom Ashe and the Favela Brass project

Each of the 30 local children enrolled in the project have free lessons three times a week in the house of British trumpet player and project founder Tom Ashe, located in the heart of the community. They also get to borrow brass instruments, nearly all donated by friends in the UK and USA, to practice on between lessons. The long-term aim of the project is to establish a new musical tradition that mixes New Orleans “Second Line” brass band music with Rio’s rich samba school tradition.

Check out the project at: http://www.favelabrass.org/

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