Samba dance and organic vegetables

Escola de Samba 1

A joint project between Rotary Club Vila Antonieta and CITIES WITHOUT HUNGER has enabled a vegetable garden at the Vila Maria samba school. Next to the traditional Brazilian dance, this institution provides social programs to more than 400 local children.

The goal of this project is to diversify and amplify the food options which the school of samba “Unidos de Vila Maria“ offers to children and adolescents of the region. The garden is also a place where the youngsters can get into contact with nature and learn about food production.

It was Rotary Club Vila Antonieta’s president, Mr Francisco Antonio Biasoli, who got into contact with CITIES WITHOUT HUNGER. The financial resources which made the realization of the project possible came from the Rotarian district.

Together with members of the Rotary Club, the first planting took place on 7th of May. A wide range of leafy vegetables and herbs were planted, such as endive, lettuce, parsley, cabbage as well as basil, rosemary, boldo, fennel and mint.

The idea for this garden came from the members of the Associação Grêmio Recreativo Cultural Social Escola de Samba Unidos de Vila Maria which manages the samba school. Next to fast Brazilian rhythms the youth of the district can enjoy a vast offering of leisure as well as professional courses. Amongst these are stage designer and dressmaker courses, drawing lessons, first job preparation courses and medical assistance, legal advice and sports activities such as horse riding and football.

The entity plays an importante social role in the poor region where it fosters culture and socialization amongst locals. Furthermore, it contributes to a better life quality for hundreds of young people.

In its activities, the school always thrives to create opportunities and well-being in its community. With the garden, they have gained a space where they can learn and which produces healthy food for the institution’s kitchen.