Working Together

Fabiana familyThe children at St Mary’s Primary School in Chipping have been ‘connected’ with children in Brazil for a number of years. Their relationship with the people of Brazil is being further developed by the support that they are providing for the family of Similde and Fabiana who live in the countryside surrounding Cristino Castro.

The children at St Mary’s have their own vegetable garden at school that will spring into life in the next few weeks whilst the resources that they have provided will enable new life to flow in the semi arid region where Similde and Fabiana produce vegetables for the local market. They are looking forward to sharing their knowledge of growing vegetables with the green fingered children in Chipping!

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  1. Joe Howson

    Just thinking about this project – it would be great if the children at St Mary’s and Fabiana, Similde and their children could share tips about how to grow vegetables in very different climatic conditions. It would also be interesting to see the similarities and differences in what is planted and how long things take to grow. It would be great if Martin and Martina were to make a short video of F & S’s children explaining what they grow on their piece of land. It would also be lovely if we had a short video of the family introducing themselves. We really want to get to know the family much better, including the names of the children.

  2. Joanna Beamish

    I think this is an excellent idea Joe! Getting the children to compare what they grow and how they grow it could provide a real insight into each others culture and climate. We are always hampered in school with the cold weather and rain, I bet the opposite happens in Brazil.

  3. kathleen jordan

    how nice for the children of st marys and cristino castro to be able to share their
    gardening knowledge ,and to learn about their different growing climates

    1. Joe

      I think it is really important that the children at St Mary’s see that they have much to learn from the people in Cristino Castro, that by working together we can all learn from each other and build up the body of human knowledge, understanding and solidarity. Many overseas charities still promote their work as if peoples overseas are dependent on western interventions, reliant on the charity of people in the more economically developed countries. What is often missed in the narrative they tell are the causes of poverty that have their roots in western economic and political systems. Many charities still portray people overseas in abject poverty/or they concentrate on the negative aspects of life in those countries in order to pull at the heart strings of people so that they dig deep into their pockets, the Comic Relief – isation of overseas development. This well intentioned but misguided approach has a very damaging effect on the perception we are left with of people overseas and it ignores some of the root causes of poverty which have their source here in the West. Volunteer in Brazil will do its best not to school the children at St Mary’s with this negative approach to development.

  4. Anne Nester

    I expect that the children at St Marys will be suprised at the different
    conditions for growing vegetables in Chipping compared with Brazil.
    It would be nice to hear the opinions of both sets of children.

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