The first Mosaic project in Campinas, Seeding Culture, was a
joint project of the Campinas Chapter and NAS (Social Support Group).
NAS is located in a poor neighborhood of Campinas and helps children and their families. They have a library with books
for older kids, but not many for children. Brazil is deficient
in reading motivation, and data about children’s education shows that
while we are decreasing the number of illiterate we still have many functional illiterate (those who know how to read but don’t
understand the content of it). This was another motivation for our
We believe that when kids are stimulated to read they increase their knowledge and develop other skills.
Our project had three stages. The first stage was social
action, we had a book
donation campaign, looking specifically for children’s literature. We
were surprised with the Chapter motivation, we got 350 books donated!
With these, we could start the second part of our project.
After classifying all donated books we started to prepare some
activities with the children to motivate them to read more. The first
day with the children we made a skit out of one book to create the magic of
histories in their minds. Next, we read with them and they made skits of
their own using different histories. That was a blast, they loved to
dress themselves as princesses, animals, and all the magical characters
that were in the books. During the final part of this day
each child got a book as a gift to take home.
The second part of our project was about another issue that needed to
be considered in the community - the environment. For this part of the
project Ricardo Pellegrini, a CISV Campinas leader and environmental
engineer, prepared a day of activities to teach children the importance of
looking after the environment. They learned how they can do small things
in their houses.
The last day was a just for fun activity with the Junior Branch of
Campinas. They developed some activities for the children regarding both
subjects that we approached in the previous activities. This was an
important way to develop the leadership in the Junior Branch participants and was
important for all the children in NAS, They really enjoyed this day. At the
end of the day we provided one kit with toothbrush and paste for each child.
This was our first mosaic project. We believe it has been an example
that will motivate CISV participants to use our capacity and resources
to do much more in our city.
This was a breakthrough in Campinas, and we can’t wait to have more projects here.
Seeding Culture project participants: Laura Mesquita
Barbosa, Ricardo Pellegrini, Lauro Araújo (Bart),Carolina Padilha, Telma
Sassi, Débora Luglio, Giovana Pardo Meo, Flavia Motta, Isadora, Felipe
Olschenski, Henrique Papis, Isadora Azevedo, Flavia Fenzl, Marina Dioto.