New Zealand Embassy Brasilia, Brazil

New Zealand Ambassador supports youth environmental project Projeto Florestinha, in Campo Grande (Mato Grosso do Sul)

Floresetinha participants with laptops

The New Zealand Ambassador is supporting a youth environmental project, called Projeto Florestinha, based in Campo Grande in the state of Mato Grosso do Sul in the centre-west of Brazil, through his Head of Mission Fund (HOMF).

The Project is managed by the Environment Patrol of the State’s Military Police, who work on a volunteer basis, in  partnership with the Municipal Secretaries of Social Assistance and Environment and Urban Development . Currently, the Project takes places at the Florestinha Environment Education Centre, a centre built especially for it.

The twenty laptops donated will be used to train youth participants with vocational skills as well as to support their school activities and studies, by allowing research on the internet and classes in DVD format. Computer classes will be taught by police officers and volunteers. The laptops will also help participants  do research to support their own presentations, given at schools in different locations.

Ambassador Jeffrey McAlister said “it is a great pleasure to contribute to projects like this, that not only focus on youth education but also developing social and environment awareness.  While modest, I hope my contribution can strengthen Projeto Florestinha and its activities”. Major Queiroz, the project leader, said he expects around 500 children to participate in Florestinha´s activities and use the donated laptops until 2014.


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