BEFORE (ANTES). AFTER (DEPOIS) - Coming Soon (Em Breve)!
The MOM Brazil team completed its project at Instituto Joao XXIII over the weekend! We have our commemorating ceremony this afternoon at the institute.
The entire team took their responsibilities seriously and worked toward their goal. Everyone worked under the baking (winter) sun but did so without complaint. Dr. McCreanor and I are very proud of what this group has accomplished in the 2.5 weeks in Vitoria.
Our efforts to help root out crack users and stop illicit sexual behavior on the steps next to the school have been noticed by local residents in the community and the city newspaper. One resident (he doesn't want his name given to protect identity) brought fruit to the students as a sign of gratitude. Another elderly resident, Karlita, watched our progress every day and conversed with me how this garden will make it safer for children, their mothers, and older residents to pass by without fear of being accosted by crack users.
While the project beautified the area, the residents did not know that there is also science underneath the surface of this project. The terraced garden should also help reduce the volume of runoff water from the hillside and rocks above the street. They often have street flooding that is in-part contributed by the stairs and rocks.
Mercer On Mission met is challenge: to deliver a project based on the school's needs that benefits from the community at-large. We used the science of engineering to meet the social needs of Consolocao. It is our hope that we've assisted in furthering the neighborhood's social capital and citizenship. We are grateful to have had the opportunity.
Here are random shots from our 2.5 weeks on the worksite.
Natally is a 7-year-old student that our MOM group worked with at Joao XXIII. She is learning violin and was featured in the state-wide newscast.
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Draft of Daily Activities
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Dr. Eric Spears
I'm a life-long student of Brazil! You will be, too, after this experience!!! Seja bem-vindo estudantes!