Their last supper?

A ‘last supper’ with friends in Rio for Dave & Shelagh – but will this be their last!

Dave & Shelagh have been supporting the team at the Living and Learning Project through challenging times as there was a real possibility, and what looked like probability, that the project would have to close its doors. Thankfully the doors are to remain open.

Their last supper??

Their last supper??

Dave and Shelagh have a last meal with friends connected to the project, Rose, Beth and Tom before returning home to Longridge.

Will they go back to Rio?

Will this be their last meal with these wonderful people?

Somehow I don’t think so!

Welcome home Dave & Shelagh – don’t unpack the suitcases!!

Share Button

A Reflection for Lent

Prayer, sometimes interpreted as spending time with God, is an essential part of life if we are to experience that deep sense of peace that can only be found in the deepest silence of our hearts where the still small voice can be heard not in words but in feelings. We don’t hear the voice of God, we feel it. We can only feel it if we create the time and space. God won’t gate crash our busy lives. God won’t enter uninvited. Lent is a time to extend a welcoming hand to a visitor who has been patiently waiting for us to find the time.



Share Button

Guess who!


Guess who?

Guess who?

Not from outer space – but some times thought to be so

Great fun and a great sport

Loves dressing up and getting others to do the same

Generous of heart and soul

Retired but younger than most in mind and spirit

Mad as a hatter

Presently in Rio with hubby Dave, Beth, Monica and the gang from the project

Send your answers via ‘comment’ and the first right answer will receive a trip of a life time!”

Share Button

Maicon’s project is approved

Maicon Mendes de Carvalho, who lives in Vale do Gurgueia, 45km’s from Cristino Castro, has a plan to rear pigs to generate an extra income for his family.

Maicon is a young farmer studying at his local Agricultural College. Like many young farmers in the region he wants to continue farming despite the harsh climatic conditions. With the support of Oliveira, our local Agronomist and coordinator of VinB’s micro loan project, Maicon submitted a funding application to enable him to start rearing pigs.

At home in Vale do Gurgueia

At home in Vale do Gurgueia

The trustees met last week and approved his application. Oliveira will now work along side Maicon is establishing a small scale pig rearing project.

Maicon will also receive support from Technicians and Vets connected to the Agricultural College in Cristino Castro.

We look forward to receiving news about the project and we wish Maicon and his family every success.

In two year time Maicon will repay the loan (interest free) and the money will be recycled to support another family.

If you would like to help VinB in our support of people like Maicon then please don’t hesitate to contact us.


Share Button