13th March 2019

Trocano Araretama Project Public Meeting

A public meeting was held by the Borba City Hall on the 13th March, in the Capinarana Community – Rio Sucunduri. Community leaders representing the communities within the project area were formally invited to take part, with official transportation arranged from Porto do Asfalto, Borba at 8am on 12th March.

The objective of the meeting was for a public consultation for the Trocano Araretama project as part of the ongoing informed consent of the communities participating in the project.  Upon arrival, a register of attendees was signed, which totalled 130 community leaders and representatives of the 10,700 inhabitants of the project area.

The meeting began with the President of Borba City Hall and the Municipal Secretary for the Environment giving an introductory speech, speaking generally about the origin of the project and the benefits to all the communities involved in the project.

The Mayor of Borba, Simão Peixoto, held a question and answer forum, where any person attending the meeting could ask their questions to him and the municipal representatives.  There were a number of questions asked and all were answered satisfactorily.  There was also the chance for questions to be asked from the communities to the municipal representatives, which were all answered fully.

During the meeting a new Monitoring Commission was organised, with 5 people being chosen and appointed to lead it.

A paper questionnaire was circulated by Borba’s First Lady who asked the community leaders in attendance to answer.  Each one was signed by the leader and identified each community they were representing.  A questionnaire was also presented to the First Lady, which was also answered officially and signed by both the Mayor and the First Lady.

The meeting concluded with the Mayor holding a voice poll about the ongoing acceptance of the Trocano Araretama project by the communities, in which the result was unanimous.


30th January 2018

New schools for two Borba communities

On the 20th January Mayor of Borba, Simão Peixoto, inaugurated new schools for the Piraiçu and Floresta Communities of Borba.  Both schools have high standard facilities and offer a good learning environment for students and teachers alike and include ample classrooms, together with kitchens, bathrooms and dispensaries.

The Floresta Community has been without a school building for over 4 years following a storm that took the roof, and the students of the community have been studying in the community church  instead.  The Piraiçu Community have had a huge increase in student numbers over the last year and these new facilities will ensure that all students can study in appropriate facilities.

The President of the Piraiçu Community and the Professor of the Floresta Community school both congratulated and thanked the mayor for these improvements.

The Mayor of Borba was joined by city councillors, the Secretary for Construction and the President of the FUNDEB council for the inauguration events and said that education improvement is a commitment of the Borba Municipality.

24th November 2017

Interview with Iakira, the Borba-based NGO partner of the Trocano Araretama project


29th October 2017

Borba Karate Student in Brazilian Team for WKF World Championships

The Trocano Araretama project partner, Go Balance, sponsored one of the Fenix Karate Club students from Borba to enable him to participate as part of the Brazilian team in the 2017 WKF Junior, Cadet and U21 World Championships held in Spain from October 25-29.

Ryan Christian ( second from right, back row and third from right in the pictures above) was called up to the Brazilian team for the 2017 World Championships in Tenerife and was proud to be able to represent his country, having had success in a previous competition which enabled his place on the team.  He was able to take part in many important training sessions with the Brazilian team, as well as competing in the Cadet Kata Male competition.

Ryan was accompanied to the competition by Rosely Pantoja and Alcileia Costa; two of the leaders of the Fenix Karate club in Borba.


9th October 2017

New Project Office Now Open

On Monday 9th October, the new office combining the Municipality of Borba, Iakira and Go Balance into one shared work space for the Trocano Araretama project was officially opened.

The Mayor of Borba – Simão Peixoto – gave the following interview:

The event was attended by a number of important people shown in the photo below:

L to R:  Yago Moda (Iakira); Edilson Batista (Alderman of Borba); Elizabeth Maciel (Councilwoman of Borba); Toinho Cidade (Vice Mayor of Borba); Jacimar Rabelo (Councilman of Borba); Dânia Gonzaga (Administrative Assistant); Júlio Gonzaga (Department of Rural Production Borba); Rafael Pantoja (Secretary for the Environment Borba)

The combined office will enable the easy and efficient sharing of data and information between all the project partners as well as providing a central office that is accessible to all inhabitants of the project area.

There is great excitement amongst all involved, with the Vice Mayor of Borba – Toinho Cidade – giving an inspiring speech to all that attended.