Apr 06, 2021
For several decades, Global Communities and PCI, a Global Communities Partner, have taken a comprehensive, integrated approach to health programming. The merger of Global Communities and PCI one year ago coincided with the onset of the pandemic, and its responses are well informed by the rich history in health programming that each organization brought to the merger itself. Our responses to the coronavirus also reinforce the importance of our broader health programming, with an emphasis on social mobilization and health behavior change. The needs brought into focus by COVID-19 have reinforced the importance of our water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) programming, prioritizing community engagement, strong local partnerships, and long-term sustainability, everywhere we work. Additionally,... Read more
Jul 09, 2020
Over the past several months, the Global Communities’ Sowing Futures team in Brazil has supported the John Deere Brazil Foundation in delivering 3,836 food baskets to 1,953 families in need to John Deere home communities across Indaiatuba, Campinas, Catalão, Montenegro and Campinas. The amount of baskets delivered equates to approximate 102,000 pounds of food items. Seventy-one Deere volunteers and 201 community volunteers participated in identifying at-risk families and organizing and delivering the foods baskets. A total of 267.8 Deere and 1052 community volunteer hours were registered. The food baskets were distributed through a combination of neighborhood committees and community organizations that reached 62 neighborhoods across the five locations. Read more:... Read more
Jan 30, 2020
Noeli Jacinta Becker has been a resident of the community of Paraíso neighborhood, in Horizontina / RS, for over 12 years and cannot contain her excitement in recounting the most recent triumph of the community’s residents—the long-awaited legalization of their land with City Hall. “It is the greatest of all our recent achievements,” says the community leader with pride. The Paraíso neighborhood formed under an invasion of lands belonging to the State of Rio Grande do Sul in May 1999. It is located in the rural area of ​​Horizontina, and today has 87 plots of land and an average of 340 residents. In 2003, the state government transferred ownership of the land to the municipal administration, and since then residents have been eagerly awaiting the legalization of the land so they can... Read more
Jan 21, 2020
Youth from the Jardim Oliveira Camargo community in Indaiatuba / SP have recently designed a new project that aims to support residents who are suffering from depression and other mental and emotional illnesses. Priscila Santos and her longtime friends, Edson Guedes and Taylane Souza, were practically raised together in Jardim Oliveira Camargo. Over the years, the trio have shared many experiences, whether on the streets of the neighborhood, at the local school, or in the Catholic youth group they attend. Despite the warm and welcoming atmosphere of their small neighborhood of about 4,000 residents, the friends found that cases of depression and other emotional problems had increased considerably over time in the community around them, especially among poor younger... Read more
Aug 05, 2019
Community leaders formed through the Sowing Futures PACE program share experiences and help students from the new class of leaders grow As she tells her story, Adriana Ferreira’s pensive eyes show the culmination of a dream that she might not have even imagined possible: being a source of inspiration in other people's lives. Adriana, a 40-year old mother of three children and soon to be grandmother, is a community development volunteer and the President of the Alvorada neighborhood association in Horizontina. The community leader graduated from the Community Participatory Management (PACE) course in 2016 and has been actively working in her community ever since. With a new class of community leaders undergoing the same PACE training, Adriana now has the opportunity of sharing her... Read more
Jul 24, 2019
The residents of Jardim Nova América, in Campinas/SP now have a leisure space for families to enjoy. After months of dedication, during which community leaders from the neighborhood association were committed to carrying out the park revitalization project, the space will be handed over to the community. The project, supported by the Sowing Futures Community Fund, made it possible for residents to realize an old dream. Global Communities community development expert Daiane Martins points out that the project takes on one of the improvements mapped for the neighborhood. “One of the demands identified by community leaders was the lack of leisure spaces. The neighborhood is very large and has virtually no entertainment options. After identifying this opportunity for improvement, the group... Read more
Jun 11, 2019
Global Communities’ Sowing Futures program, funded by the John Deere Foundation (JDF), applies Global Communities’ Participatory Action for Community Enhancement (PACE) methodology for community development, youth engagement and institutional strengthening in southern Brazil. The program’s first phase, which began in late 2014, was implemented in 10 communities in and around Horizontina, Brazil (the location of one of John Deere’s factories in the region). The second phase, which began in early 2018, expanded these activities to Indaiatuba and Campinas in Brazil, as well as across the border in Rosario, Argentina. The PACE methodology is well aligned with USAID’s Collaborating... Read more
May 03, 2019
Students Step Up to Make a Difference When Wesley Carneiro da Silva entered the public school of Benedicta de Salles Pimentel Wutke, located in the neighborhood of Jardim Nova América, in Campinas/SP, he never thought he would end up contributing so much to its development. "I started attending the school very young. At the time, I didn't think I would contribute so much to its growth. As time passed, I realized that we, the students, could also do our share, but I didn't even know where to start," he says.   Leaving his shyness to the side and determined to make a difference, Wesley decided to sign up to participate in the school’s student council. During 2018, he and 14 other colleagues took part in Youth Leadership training programs facilitated by John Deere volunteers as part of the... Read more
May 02, 2019
The Sowing Futures program in Brazil is the product of a partnership between the international development organization, Global Communities, and the John Deere Foundation, and was created in order to provide members of John Deere home communities with the tools and connections necessary to improve their own socio-economic conditions. The strand uniting Sowing Futures’ successes is that of providing community members with a sense of pride—including a place to belong, a way to be recognized, and a way to contribute to the well-being of themselves and the people around them. Prior to the program’s creation, the communities neighboring the John Deere plants showed little cohesion nor organized associations and lacked a sense of community and active participation from citizens. One of the... Read more
Feb 07, 2019
Principal Leonice Aurélio Rohden cannot hide how proud she is of the goals accomplished by the parent - teacher association (PTA) of the Carlos Gomes School, one of the 17 community organizations that have been supported by the John Deere Foundation and Global Communities partnership program, Sowing Futures since 2016. Located in the Vila Cascata district of Horizontina RS, a rural area in southeastern Brazil, the PTA is celebrating numerous achievements that have made life at school much better for their students during the last year. “It is a great satisfaction to me, as principal, to talk about all that we accomplished. I am so proud of it. It is wonderful to be able to speak about such positive transformations." With lots of work... Read more
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