Shiny and sleek, this vintage tandem served for a number of years as Joe’s preferred mount in ViBs annual fund raising Cycle Marathon. Now retired we decided to offer it for sale and raise some cash to support the young people with their agricultural projects out in Northern Brazil. Mary and David dusted off the cobwebs, spruced it up and advertised it. We are pleased to report that it has now moved to the south and has a proud new owner.
We received this shocking video coverage a few days ago. The fire destroyed fencing and trees at the College but thankfully no one was hurt and all the animals were rescued and taken to safety.
Antonio Neto is talking, with Oliveira our man on the ground in Brazil, about his plan to further develop his fish farming venture. I first met Antonio during a visit to Brazil in 2010. During that visit to his farm he mentioned in passing a new member to the family; a little girl who was neglected by her family and was in need of love and support. I have remained impressed by this man who despite his stretched finances found room for another.
Since then VinB has supported Antonio with two loans to develop his fish farming enterprise which contributes significantly to the family finances.
Our lovely volunteer Rose paid a brief visit home to to introduce her ‘amor’ Anthony to her family and friends in Brazil. Here they saying ‘Hello’ to the newest member of family. Rose is coming to the end of her volunteer placement in Newcastle where she has worked with the young and not so young in the community.
Meeting the basic needs of food and shelter for the children and families of war torn Syria makes uncomfortable reading when contrasted with the wants generated by our capitalist consumer driven economy.
Keynes predicted that by 2030 technology would have developed sufficiently to take over the burden of production and provide sufficient earnings from a few hours of work to live the ‘good life’. Capitalism would have served its purpose ! Sadly it has not worked out that way, instead capitalism has become the master persuading us that the ‘the good life’ is to be found in consumerism and effectively confusing and conflating wants and needs.
Our task is to work out what the universal features of a ‘good life’ are and how to achieve them for all. It is heartening that out of the disillusionment with the current economic systems there is an groundswell of interest and thinking about what constitutes a ‘good life’.
I think you will agree that the film captures beautifully, the joy, the enthusiasm, the pride, and dedication of everyone involved with the band.
Beth hopes that from watching it we will get the same thrill as they. I certainly felt the thrill of it and also an immense sense of pride in those involved. What a confidence builder for the children to have their achievements recognised by the wider community
A couple of years ago Beth was lamenting the fact that she had a good collection of musical instruments but no musician to engage the youngster in playing them.
Along came Tom a professional musician from Doncaster UK to excite and inspire the children with his patience, sense of fun and huge talent to persevere through the early stages of learning an instrument, to discover the fun and fulfillment of playing as a band.
With performances, articles in local papers the band is going from strength to strength.
See Similde(red top) and Fabiana(purple top) in the opening shot selling their produce. They used a VinB micro loan to install a mechanical irrigation system, and when Joe visited them, during his stay in Cristino, they were full of praise for the partnership and full of ideas for future development.
Dave our volunteer in Rio has added a little more detail to the beach trip.
At least 2 of the children had never been to a beach before and most never that close to Sugar Loaf mountain. The hardest part of the day was getting them out of the sea when it was time to leave. Any doubts we may have had about the value of these trips out were quickly dispelled. It was great to see the children allowed to be children for a short time Dave
I was shocked to learn that some children had not visited the beach despite living so close, but more shocked by the assumptions I make about other peoples lives.