Amazon breath of the world


The Amazon is one of the largest and most important green lungs on Earth, its protection is the protection of the whole planet.
Inside the huge rainforest there is a small reality that strives daily to spread a culture of respect and protection of the ecosystem. We are talking about the Escola Agricola Rainha Dos Apostolos of Manaus where 120 children aged 14 to 18 from various parts of the Amazon study cultivation techniques that respect the rainforest ecosystem every year.
Once the period of study in the school is over, about half of the students continue with university studies, the other half return to the villages of origin where they make a fundamental contribution to the development of sustainable agriculture.
As Save the Planet in collaboration with CDO Opere Sociali we have decided to support this beautiful experience that contributes every day to protect one of the most important green places on Earth and does so starting from concrete and tangible actions such as investing in a culture that educates the younger to respect and protect biodiversity.
Your contribution will supports the school as a whole and its activities, we will also finance the purchase of fruit trees and not only for the school's maintenance.
The Centro de solidariedade Sao José Association, which manages the school, will use the funds raised, in detail, to:
  • Educational purposes such as the payment of teachers, the maintenance of pupils and the purchase of school supplies
  • Development of skills and management tools to implement the school's sustainability model
  • Planting fruit trees on the school estate

THE PROJECT IN DETAIL
Lead subject Save the Planet ONLUS Association, via Spartaco Lavagnini 20, Florence;
Partners Centro de solidariedade Sao José, Manaus, BR 174 - RURAL AREA - CEP: 69090000;
CDO Social Works Association, Milan via Legnone 4.
Project activities The Save the Planet ONLUS association will deal with:
  • Enhance and develop the Amazon ecosystem safeguard activity
  • Make an awareness campaign in favor of the project, involving donors and developing appropriate forms of communication

The CDO Opere Sociali association will deal with:
  • Give management support to the association, through training sessions on site organization and sustainability and involvement in twinnings with other social works
  • Spread the project to the social and business world, in order to attract resources

The Centro de solidariedade Sao José association will use the project funds to:
  • Educational purposes such as paying teachers, supporting children, buying school supplies
  • Development of skills and management tools, in order to create a school sustainability model
  • Planting fruit trees and other trees which, in addition to helping the ecosystem and making the world "breathe", are useful for school activities and for the maintenance of children

SOME INFORMATION ABOUT THE RAINHA DOS APOSTOLOS AGRICULTURAL SCHOOL IN MANAUS
History
  • Created in 1974 by the fathers of the PIME - Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions, it is located 40 km north of Manaus, on an area of 200 hectares
  • In 1985 he began professional courses in agriculture and breeding
  • In 1990 the PIME fathers entrusted it to the Centro de Solidariedade São José, made up of local people who already worked also as volunteers in the school

Today
  • Primary schools are also housed in the school premises. During the day, therefore, the school is inhabited by about 450 children
  • The agricultural school proper teaches about 120 children aged between 14 and 18 to cultivate the land and raise animals
  • The teaching includes a theoretical part and a large practical part
  • The peculiarity of the teaching is given by the fact that all the techniques taught are perfectly respectful of the complex Amazonian ecosystem and are reproducible in the countries and villages from which the children arrive
  • School hours are very demanding:
    • 6.00 am - alarm clock
    • 6.45 am - common prayer
    • 7.00 am – breakfast
    • 7.30 am - in the classroom, Fundamental and Technical teaching
    • 9.45 am – break
    • 10.00 am - in the classroom, technical teaching
    • 11.45 am – lunch
    • 1.00 pm– rest
    • 2.00 pm - in the classroom, Professional teaching
    • 3.00 pm - in the fields, practical part
    • 5.45 pm – shower
    • 6.15 pm – dinner
    • 7.00 pm in the classroom, theoretical teaching
    • 10.00 pm: rest

These times are the same from Monday to Friday. School is open also in the Saturday morning.
  • Life is made particularly demanding by the temperatures, which are always very high. The difference between the seasons is given only by the presence or absence of heavy rains
  • The school's general manager and educational director are husband and wife, Celsus and Darlete. The school kids are their extended family. Their fatherhood and motherhood is certainly one of the key factors of the education that is transmitted in the school
  • It is very striking to see the seriousness with which the youngsters face this hard work, happy and grateful to have such a beautiful opportunity to build their own future. Many say that after school, they intend to return to help in their home countries and villages, teaching the techniques learned
  • Until 2013, the school enjoyed public grants which, due to the crisis situation in Brazil and the State of Amazonas, stopped suddenly. Currently it is supported through:
    • The rents that the government pays for the use of the facility for primary school
    • The production of agricultural products, which for the most part are however used for self-consumption (meals for children and teachers)
    • Donations from individuals and entities

Project Goal

100.000,00€

Funds raised: 6.528,68€

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