Home gardens and sustainable painting: Maranhão communities learn to save and protect the environment

About Vale

6/13/2014

Home gardens and sustainable painting: Maranhão communities learn to save and protect the environment

home garden With the Permaculture project, families have begun to grow their own food in their backyard

Simple, economic initiatives have made the difference in the Maranhão cities of Açailândia, Bom Jesus das Selvas, Buriticupu, Alto Alegre do Pindaré and Santa Rita: sustainable painting and permaculture. The first uses soil as a raw material in the production of paint for painting while permaculture encourages people to cultivate home gardens.

The populations of these communities, neighbors to Vale's operations in Maranhão, are learning the techniques in the "Development Tracks" (known as NTD in Portuguese) and "Healthy Home" projects, partnerships of the Vale Foundation and the Center of Popular Culture and Development (known as CPCD in Portuguese). The objective of these initiatives is to sponsor the training of and increase in social educators in the communities, thereby contributing to the improvement of the quality of life of the local population.

Sustainable Painting

Used to encourage the participants to contribute to a more pleasant community environment, this initiative consists of teaching paint production techniques, using the soil as a raw material in the painting of homes. In 2013, to learn about the preparation, more than 20,000 women from the communities of Bom Jesus das Selvas and Nova Vida, neighbors of the Carajás Railway (EFC), participated in the Soil Paint Workshop. The group, like those in other cities, has taken increasing initiative by teaching other community members.

Permaculture

This initiative encourages the participants to maintain a permanent garden in their own backyard, growing foods very efficiently with a minimal environmental impact. For this to occur, the project discusses values such as food security and care of the yard and the environment. With this initiative, the residents learn to grow their own food and become responsible for teaching these techniques to other community members. This initiative even allows those involved to have the opportunity of sharing a surplus product, without allowing any type of waste.

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Home gardens and sustainable painting: Maranhão communities learn to save and protect the environment