“AmazonArt at the Combu Education Centre in Brazil” by Alison

Alison lives in the UK and runs a global volunteering charity that assists with sustainable development. She tells us today how AmazonArt aims to employ music and the Arts to inspire understanding and promote the protection of the rainforest and river.

In 2009 she met with the acclaimed cellist Diego Carneiro who grew up in the city of Belém, northern Amazonian Brazil. He had started a project to help a local community through music and the arts and she wanted to help.

AmazonArt aims to employ music and the Arts to inspire understanding and promote the protection of the rainforest and river. They invite volunteers to spend time both educating and learning with a view to assisting further development of a small school, on Combu Island, set up for the poorest of children from the riberinho (river people) community. Established in 1998 the school sought to provide social and cultural development for the residents and children unable to access facilities in Belém. The school soon became the heart of the community and provides education centred around valuing and protecting the local tradition and environment. Music and art inspire understanding and promote the protection of the rainforest and river.

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“I believe Travel2Change can help source volunteers who will virally enhance the work of the school. Each volunteer travelling to the area gains as much, if not more, than they can offer, during the experience. The area is truly magical.”

“The organization is well established and although not well funded has been built on pure soul and energy. The passion in the centre is palpable and all development is for the community.”

So if you want to help promote the protection of the rainforest and river through employing music and art, support Alison’s project http://www.travel2change.org/idea.php?id=41!  

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