Projects Updates

Care for Mentally Disabled Children – A new benefit from Guaraí carbon project

The project carries out several initiatives towards community children. The recent grounding for a daycare center and the construction and maintenance of a sports pitch are just some examples. But the most striking initiative is probably the support to Pestalozzi, an association that provides care for mentally disabled children, from education to full health care – including clinic, physiotherapy, speech therapy, psychology and orthodontics. It receives about 150 individuals and is the only institution serving special children in the region.

Maria das Graças, mother to one of the children, declares the relief it means to her, “the public health service refuses to receive people with mental disability, so this association is our only hope”.


What Romulo has to Say about F&N Carbon Project

Romulo Ferreira, a factory worker, gave the following testimonial about the carbon project carried out in Fronteira & Novicel ceramic.

“With the project we now have much more safety at work, and the working environment is much better. There was a heavy investment in machinery. For instance, they implemented tubes for the sawdust drying and transportation of biomass was automated, everything is done just pressing buttons! This made the process very safe and spared employees from the physical strain and fatigue of the old days. The company stated offering opportunities for activities outside the ceramic as well, and not only for the employees, but for our children too! The company pays the tuition to study at a school in the region, as well as for jiu-jitsu and soccer classes. I take classes for example, together with many colleagues and their sons and daughters. I see the company is now more attentive involved with the community needs in general. Ah, there’s also our soccer team. The employees assembled a soccer team, and the company sponsors it, giving all the support. We even participate on championships!”


Sustainable Carbon Reaches 4 Million Carbon Credits Generated Since its Foundation

Sustainable Carbon has been passionately working to combat climate change and promote sustainable development over the last 6 years. The renewable biomass projects developed by Sustainable Carbon have this year reached 4 million tCO2e of avoided emissions, 40 thousand forest hectares saved and 40 communities positively impacted by co-benefits .

The concept of these projects revolves around fuel-switch from firewood and fossil fuels to renewable biomass, such as agricultural and industrial residues. This, by itself already reduces deforestation and emissions, improves working conditions, generate job positions, enables local individuals to make a living – or complement their income – by supplying biomass. However, to maximize sustainability, further improvements are brought to the production process and business management, from cleaner practices to less polluting machinery. The revenue from carbon credits is also reinvested to benefit the local community, targeting its most relevant issues, such as education, health and preservation of natural resources.


Carbon Credits Standing Up for Adult Literacy

The adults taking the literacy course offered by the Kitambar project express their gratitude. See what they have to say about the initiative.

José Caetano: Ayane [safety technician] spent a year nagging me to take the literacy course. Then one day Mr. Marcos Antônio told me “take just one class, if you don’t like it, I won’t say another word” So in September 2014 I took a class. From that day I don’t miss a class, only when I’m sick. I’m already writing my name, I am a bit slow but I like it very much.

Ailton Pedro da Silva: From all changes the project brought, what made the biggest difference for me is the school. In the past, when I wrote my name it would come out all wrong, you know, missing letters and weird (laughs). But, seriously, you don’t know how horrible and sad it is not to know how to write your own name. So the thing is that now with the classes it comes out perfect (laughs), feels so good! I still cannot read, but I’ll get there! And recently we were authorized to invite people from outside the ceramic to attend classes with us, I called my brother, he is also learning to read.


Children Kept Away from Violence – another co-benefit made possible by Carbon Credits

The project Bandeira & Capelli is carrying out a noteworthy initiative to keep children away from the violence of the streets, giving them instead an opportunity to learn and have fun!

The region where the project is located is extremely dangerous and one of the poorest in the country. Parents are subjected to long workdays to struggle for a living, and therefore obliged to leave their children exposed to the violence of the streets. These families cannot afford to provide recreational activities for their children.

To address this situation Bandeira & Capelli has launched the Child’s Dream program, which was possible thanks to the income from the carbon credits. The program offers free soccer school to children/youth, promoting their health, well-being, developing several physical, social and intellectual abilities, and giving them opportunity to have fun and make friends at a safe environment. Other than the soccer, which is the main activity, the school also offers other recreational activities such as games, orientation and educational activities regarding subjects important to their age (respect, hygiene, discipline etc), activities to encourage interest on reading, lectures on environmental awareness among others.

The program has proven to be a huge relief to parents, as they have the tranquility of their children being kept away from the violence of the streets, learning and enjoying themselves at a healthy environment. This was a great concern, especially because parents have a long workday, and therefore cannot stay home to look after their children. Mr. Anthony, a factory employee and father to one of the students declares, “Today I finally can come to work without worrying about my son. Also, I noticed he has evolved a lot in terms of behavior and respect”. The school opens from Monday to Saturday from 7am to 5pm, so that on the period children are not at class, they are in the ceramic under the responsibility of the coach Ronaldo Santos. It receives 40 children per day and since the project started, more than 200 children/youth have participated.


Carbon Credits Bring Opportunity to Underprivileged Communities

The carbon project Ecomapuá has engaged on a new initiative to promote sustainable development for poverty alleviation The Ecomapuá project is located in one of Brazil’s least developed municipalities. It is also one of the biggest producers of açaí fruit, a zero-deforestation product and main ingredient for a variety of internationally popular products.

The Ecomapuá Amazon REDD project decided therefore, to use such potential to generate income to the local community through sustainable practices.  The result turned out to be an exemplary initiative of carbon finance reinvested into non-deforestation businesses in the Amazon forest.

The local community was provided full support for açaí production. From capacity building and material to logistical and infrastructural support (specifically opening of bank account and freight of raw material), and guarantee of sale at premium price.

The açaí production is about to receive Organic certification, and Fairtrade will soon follow.

Complementarily, the community also received capacity building and infra-structure for their subsistence activities: vegetable-gardening, apiaries, aviaries, fish and poultry farming. Another outstamding example of carbon credits bringing sustainable development!

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The GS Ceará carbon project is bringing Septic System to Indigenous Tribe

The GS Ceará is improving sanitary conditions in the indigenous tribe Jenipapo-Kanindé, located in the Brazilian northeast city of Aquiraz-CE.The houses had no sanitary system, obliging people to defecate outdoors in the open. This practice causes the contamination of soil and water, leading to serious diseases.

Ceará is donating the bricks for the construction of septic tanks, which will serve about 50 people. These tanks treat the sewage whilst protecting soil and water, and ensures people have no contact with the sewage.

The objective is to introduce basic sanitation, improve hygiene and reduce the spread of diseases.

Check the project page and see the pictures.


A new carbon project: meet Madre de Dios!

We just started a partnership with the developer of an exceptional REDD project!

The project Madre de Dios is VCS + CCB Gold (+FSC), and it’s remarkable due to its enormous importance in terms of environment & biodiversity, local communities and culture:

Environment & Biodiversity

It protects 100.000 hectares of the Amazon Forest and 35 endangered species, as the project is within the region that belongs to the Ecological Corridor Vilcabamba-Amboró, one of the world’s greatest biodiversity hotspots, and carries out initiatives to stimulate the forest resilience.

Local Communities

The project protects and carries out numerous initiatives to improve the livelihood of indigenous tribes, small rural producers and other local communities. Some of the themes addressed are: health, capacity building, empowerment, resilience, education, support on emergencies (such as floods).

Culture

It has also a very strong cultural appeal as it protects forest that’s only 400 km from the  UNESCO World Heritage Site Historical Sanctuary of Machu Picchu.


 Capoeira classes to community children!

A new cobenefit by Cenol and Telha Forte carbon project.

At the beginning of this year the Cenol & Telha Forte project, in partnership Angola Association”, implemented a program to provide free Capoeira classes to community children and teenagers. Capoeira is an Afro-Brazilian cultural practice that combines elements of dance, acrobatics and music. It was recognized as cultural heritage of humanity by Unesco, and can be interpreted as dance form, martial art and a game. There are currently 35 students enrolled, and is looking to expand due to the increasingly interest.

The Classes: The program includes practical classes as well as lectures on the cultural/historical aspect of the Capoeira. At the end of each session the players take turns to engage with one another, while the others form a circle around them and sing the traditional Capoeira songs they learned in class.

The Objective: The aim is to provide exercise, recreational activities and cultural immersion for children and teenagers whose families cannot afford to pay for such. The classes develop physical, social and intellectual abilities, and also give them opportunity to have fun and make friends at a safe environment.

The Support: The support given by Cenol & Telha Forte support consists in bearing the teachers’ salary, the association’s utility bills, and the tournament uniforms.


 July 22, 2015

Brazil Carbon Credits are Improving…

a new cobenefit by Rio Negro carbon project!

Recently, the Iranduba Amazonian community began suffering from an annual flooding event that lasts 3-­4 months. Iranduba is home to extremely poor families, which makes them even more vulnerable.The community is subjected to live in precarious situation for almost half the year, facing problems such as:

• Increased risk of contamination (contact with the water can transmit diseases) and drowning ­ especially for children;

• Loss of furniture and appliances;

• Loss of food and/or contamination through contact with water;

• Isolation and impairment of transportation;

• Loss of pets and animals due to drowning and contamination;

The Rio Negro project is helping improve the families’ lives throughout these major flood events. Thanks to the carbon project Rio Negro is being able to provide and implement elevated structures inside the houses, as well as outside as walkways for access to other houses and establishments. The problems mentioned above were either alleviated or completely solved.

What changed?

• furniture, appliances and food are no longer lost or contaminated because they can now be elevated above water level by the structures;

• the structures made it possible for people to avoid contact with water ­ reducing contamination risks

• people can now move over the structures rather than directly in the flooded surface where the bottom cannot be seen ­ reducing drowning risks;

• the walkways reduced isolation by connecting community houses and establishments;

• pets and animals can also move around over the structures, avoiding and contamination and drowning;

The families saw their lives changed with Rio Negro’s support. Check the project page and see the pictures.