Estação Vida day!

Tuesday, first of October.
Part of our assignment is also to do volunteer work ourselves. Not that the work we are doing is not volunteering, but this is more related to physical work. Our assignment consisted of painting an NGO building. So, filled with good intents we embarked early in the morning on our two vans to ferry us to an NGO called Estação Vida.

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Guided tour over the NGO terrain

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I like the green look of this Instituto. Bringing some nature inside.

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This NGO has a vegetable garden, for themselves and for selling. Irrigation system provided by a Dutchman!

The concept of this NGO is actually similar to that of the one we are working. Exept that this NGO was once initiated by parents that needed a shelter for their kids during working hours. But I guess the challenges are the same and so are the solutions. Volunteering. We also meet people that we met at our NGO and that provide sponsored projects to the NGO’s. This time it’s the man that is wanting to create music instruments out of reclaimed materials. Nice guy, apparently very active in selling his project to multiple NGO’s. We are starting to recognize patterns here.

Anyway. We arrive and are put to work.

Another day at the office! Foto courtesy of Robert blog: http://robertinuberlandia.wordpress.com/

Another day at the office! Foto courtesy of Robert blog: http://robertinuberlandia.wordpress.com/

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Brazil14 team set to work!

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Silent witnesses

We need to tape the borders and a small army of IBMmers and JPM people quickly set to work to paint the upper part of the building. During the work, some people are being interviewed, which leads me to think that we are somewhat “on display”. Well, as long as it serves the good cause, I am ok. It will take us 3 hours to complete and when we leave, we leave an outdoor wall with new grafitti and a half-painted building. The lower part of the building will be painted with oil-based paint and we lack the proper materials to do this. So other volunteers will finish the job.

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Upper side is ours!

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Fine German handcrafting! Great work Michael.

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The wall! Grey and ugly when we came. Now being decorated by local artists

B14 volunteering team

B14 volunteering team

We return to the hotel at around 13:00 and we will work for the rest of the day on our deliverables for presentation later this week. Tomorrow will be an important day. The first sharing of our deliverables with our NGO contact Doris. Fingers crossed!

When time has come, I am witness of some squash being played by Paul and Robert. Nice game. Think the beer is on Paul!

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Relax time

Relax time

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One thought on “Estação Vida day!

  1. I have a pleasure in reading your delivered blog every day. The photo’s give a good impression about the situation and what you’re doing. Please continue with it. YVo

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