We actively support the project "Salve Floripa"
We are proud to support the project "Salve Floripa" in our hometown Florianopolis. "Salve Floripa" belongs to the Institute "IMMA" (Instituto Multidisciplinar de Meio Ambiente e Arqueoastronomia / Interdisciplinary Institute for Environment and Archaeoastronomy The initiative has set itself the task of promoting the environmental awareness to the population and the tourists, in order to protect and preserve the archaeological heritage found on the island.
The project also shows that it is possible to build a harmonious relationship between nature, the ever-increasing tourism in Florianopolis and the preservation of the great biodiversity. The special feature of the "Salve Floripa" project is the protection of the Atlantic rainforest from other exotic plants such as the pine trees that have settled here and spread too quickly. The pines penetrate the original forests, inhibit the growth of other plants and threaten the original biodiversity. Therefore, the project team is not only caring for the maintenance of the path, but also for the protection of nature and preservation of mystical rock formations. They also control that the pine trees grows in the right place so that they do not displace the original forest.
The Atlantic Rainforest originates from different tropical plants and houses one of the largest biodiversity on the planet. Originally, the "Mata Atlântica" used to cover 15% of the total area of Brazil. Around 93% of the Atlantic rainforest was destroyed due to the decades of deforestation. 85% of the state of Santa Catarina was originally covered by the Atlantic rainforest, but today that has gone down to only 17.4%. For the island Florianopolis the numbers are similarly worrying: The Atlantic rainforest used to cover 95% of the island, today only 39% remains.
We support various projects, as part of Salve Floripa's work, such as the creation of the first ecological map of Florianopolis. This ecological map aims to make efficient and innovative advertising for sustainable tourism, ecology, environment and culture in Florianopolis.
The main goal is to preserve the natural environment and the archaeological treasures of the island of Santa Catarina. The project seeks to encourage respectful behavior for nature by tourists and residents of Florianopolis. Regarding this, the project informs the population with ecological and cultural information.
The ecological map of Florianopolis also offers interesting information for tourists on various leisure activities on the “Ilha de Santa Catarina”, such as hikes, suitable places for surfing, diving, etc.
The preservation of the natural beauties of the island is particularly close to our heart. Therefore, we also support the cleaning of the beach in Barra da Lagoa at the World Environment Day (5 June).
Barra da Lagoa is a small fishing village in the east of the island of Santa Catarina. Its beach is among the most popular beaches in Florianopolis. Officially there are 650 m coast, but Barra da Lagoa is not geographically separated from the beach of Moçambique, which is 8 km long. Cleaning has become an important concern of the "Salve Floripa" project due to the pollution of the beach. In addition, the local population, the government and companies, are called upon for environmental protection, in particular for the protection of the sea.
Other important social projects in Brazil:
"Caminhar Juntos - Walking Together"
We want to do this work by joining forces. We go hand in hand with those who are close to, or far away from the integrated people development. Caminhar Juntos serves children and families through many activities. Caminhar Juntos was founded by the deaconess, Gerda Nied in 2003 as a project and was transformed into a civil law cooperative in the middle of 2007. It is supported by donations from the local community as well as from Germany, through voluntary cooperation and through partnership with the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Brazil (IECLB). There is a voluntary administration and control by the administrative council of the cooperative. The project issues donation receipts and an annual report on expenditure, state of work and further development.
The Brazil Initiative Freiburg
This project deals with Brazil since 1978, more precisely with the position of the Brazilian people, the social contradictions, with social inequality and injustice in the city and in the country. Since then, they have developed a wide range of contacts; they have direct connections to the projects they support. All work is voluntary and thanks to a nationwide funding system, the managed to settle the costs without subsidies and respond un-bureaucratically to requests from Brazil.
This website is the best for the poorest people in northeast of Brazil.
Children's Village Rio e.V.
The Children's Village Rio e.V. is a working group based on the Christian image of the human being that acts as partner of many Brazilian associations for joint support of needy children and adolescents in Brazil. They establish and maintain children's homes, school education, vocational training and improve the life situation of the children "from and on the street". In Germany, the Association for Information and Awareness Education focuses on the situation of the Brazilian children and their adolescents.
Association for the promotion of Brazilian street children
In 1994, Winterbacher Senior Soccer team founded an auxiliary club together with football professional Giovane Elber. Theey helped street children in Elbers Brazilian home. Today, almost ten years later, the Pestalozzi Training Center is one of the flagship projects in Brazil.
Friends of Brazilian street children
Seven million children between five and eighteen years live on the street in Brazil. The "meninos de rua", as they are called in Brazilian, are threatened by hunger, violence, crime, drugs and diseases. They have preferred this fate to abuse or neglect at home. Often the road is their only little chance of survival. Well over a thousand Brazilian street-children usually die each year of a violent death. These children are not voluntarily on the streets of their cities. They are looking for alternatives to survive. The Swiss association "Friends of Brazilian street children", based in Küsnacht ZH, has been supporting street children's projects in South Brazil since 1995. They are located in the Mandirituba and Guaratuba villages near the city of Curitiba. Former street children has been given a chance to live away from the street.