Trocano Training in the community Sempre Viva Santana

Empowering Communities Through Education

Bridging Knowledge and Sustainability in Local Communities.

On the 15th February 2024, the Trocano Project team embarked on another journey, this time to the vibrant community of Sempre Viva Santana.  With the mission of empowering communities, the aim for the team on this visit was to deliver courses on meliponiculture (beekeeping with native bees) and green manure practices.  Unfolding these two remarkable projects brings knowledge and economic opportunity to the communities of the Trocano Araretama project.

Green manure and stingless bee training in Sempre Viva Santana

These initiatives, driven by the dedication of environmental educators and the enthusiasm of local participants, showcased the transformative power of community-based education.

The Journey Begins

Our adventure commenced early in the morning. We travelled from the municipality of Borba towards the Sempre Viva Santana Community. Our mission was to deliver a comprehensive course on meliponiculture, the art of beekeeping with native bees, and green manure practices, essential for sustainable agriculture. The excitement was palpable as we organized our materials at the local school, ready to engage 23 eager students.

Our visit was more than just educational; it was a journey of discovery and problem-solving.

Overcoming Challenges

Despite the power supply issues that initially hindered our course delivery, the resilience and cooperative spirit of the community shone through. The community leader generously provided an energy engine, ensuring the seamless continuation of our classes. This gesture underscored the community’s commitment to learning and growth.

Training continues despite adverse conditions

Expanding Horizons

A Lesson in Beekeeping

A highlight of our visit was addressing the practical needs of the community, such as assisting Mr. Valdir in correcting the assembly of his bee box. Mr. Valdir, a community leader was puzzled by his bee box’s inability to produce honey. With careful examination, we unveiled the issue; a simple mis-assembly of the rational box modules. This hands-on session not only solved a pressing issue but also served as a vital learning opportunity for other community members. This included the participation of Mr. Jonilson from the Escondido community.  This interaction was a testament to the power of hands-on learning and community cooperation.

  • Troubleshooting bee breeding
  • Bee Breeding boxes for training

Practical Green Manure Course

The green manure course held in this Trocano project community mirrored this spirit of communal learning and resilience. Organized meticulously, from gathering materials to coordinating with local leaders, our preparation paved the way for an enriching experience.  Expertly led by Environmental Engineer Jorge Felipe, it combined theoretical knowledge with practical application.

Despite the challenges posed by the weather and power outages, the community’s determination and enthusiasm for learning about sustainable agricultural practices remained undiminished. This attitude ensured that the course on agroecology and green manure practices was a success. The highlight of the day? A practical class that turned a rainy day into an interactive, learning-filled adventure.

  • Green manure training empowering communities in Trocano, Borba
  • Green manure training Sempre Viva Santana Trocano 2024

Community Engagement and Recognition

The courses concluded with the presentation of certificates, a symbolic acknowledgment of the participants’ dedication and learning. The community’s gratitude, especially from leaders like Mr. Valdir Ferreira, highlighted the significant impact of these educational initiatives. The distribution of certificates, facilitated by the generous assistance of Pastor Laureano Alves and his power generator, was a moment of celebration and appreciation.

  • Certificate of training
  • Trocano Team training

But it was the informal interactions that truly encapsulated the essence of our mission. Welcoming participants from beyond the classroom, including representatives from outlying communities is where our initiative bridges cultures, genders and communities. This sentiment fosters a shared commitment to sustainable living.

Beyond Education: A Ripple Effect of Empowering Communities

These educational projects did more than just impart knowledge; they fostered a sense of empowerment among the participants. Mr. Valdir’s successful beekeeping efforts and the community’s growing interest in sustainable practices underscore the profound impact of education on rural communities. These projects not only equip individuals with the skills needed for ecological stewardship. They also ignite a passion for lifelong learning and environmental conservation. The success of these initiatives in communities such as Sempre Viva Santana in the Trocano Project stands as a testament to the power of collective effort, resilience, and the unyielding spirit of learning.

Empowering community members

Reflections and Aspirations

As we look back on these enriching experiences, it is clear that education remains a cornerstone of community empowerment and environmental stewardship. These qualities pave the way for a sustainable and prosperous future.

Reflecting on our recent journey, the gratitude and enthusiasm of the community members were palpable. Their eagerness to learn, coupled with the immediate application of their new skills, underscored the profound impact of our visit. From troubleshooting bee boxes to sharing the medicinal value of honey, every moment was a step toward empowering these communities to thrive sustainably.

Leaving Sempre Viva Santana

Final Thoughts…

As we returned home, the words of Mr. Valdir resonated with us. His hope for continued courses and the visible fruits of our collective labour were not just a testament to the success of this initiative but a call to action. The journey to Sempre Viva Santana was a vivid reminder that education, especially when tailored to the needs and realities of communities, is a powerful catalyst for change.