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
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?
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
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.
“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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Rose completed her training with the Assumptions in London and is already servicing her new community in Newcastle.
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.
Pigs, sheep and fish are the livestock chosen by young farmers to help support their families.
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
Regeiro is in the first phase of his project having just built a new pig sty.
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 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.
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
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/