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Chão Sobral, PT
Aldeia das Amoreiras, PT
Posted by João Gonçalves over 12 years ago
The Community Project of the VSS11
The Community Project of the VSS11 will take place on the parish of São Martinho das Amoreiras, located 32 km from the Zmar venue and will be realized with the collaboration of the Alentejo chapter of GAIA (http://gaia.org.pt/), a portuguese environmental NGO, which is based on the village of Vila das Amoreiras and runs development and sustainability projects with the local population. The local government of the parish will also be a partner on the community project, helping GAIA Alentejo to organize the project.
The Alentejo Region
The region of Alentejo (the word means 'beyond Tagus' river) is characterized mostly by open rolling plains with some hilly areas. It is one of the hottest places on Europe with summer temperatures reaching into 40º C. The region is also the less populated of Portugal: it encompass one third of its land area but only has seven percent of its population (and declining), while also being the region with the oldest population. It is also one of the most beautiful areas of Portugal due to its natural landscapes and the tradicional architecture of the region. .
The inhabitants of Alentejo also have a marked cultural identity, which reflects Roman and Muslim traces on their buildings and agriculture. As for the rest of Portugal, it makes jokes about the local inhabitants is that they are the whole time either resting, doing things slow, or sleeping under the cork oak tree, and speak portuguese with the typical pronunciation of the region.
The Parish of São Martinho das Amoreiras
The parish has a local population of 1199, spread by 3 villages (S. Martinho das Amoreiras, Aldeia das Amoreiras and Amoreiras Gare). Its inhabitants work mainly on the cork industry, agriculture, forest exploration, carpentry and traditional retail shops.
GAIA (Grupo de Acção e Intervenção Ambiental) was formed in 1996 as an environmental NGO, working at a national and regional level with an active, direct, creative and non-violent approach to environmental issues. On 2010 the Alentejo chapter of GAIA, which is based on Aldeia das Amoreiras, launched a project called 'Aldeia das Amoreiras Sustentável' with the goal of creating a sustainable village, in collaboration with the local government and other NGOs, with the goals of participation, reflexion, capacitation, implementation, divulgation and evaluation of the project by the local population. GAIA Alentejo also runs a local center on the parish to implement its activities (http://centrodeconvergencia.wordpress.com/aldeia/).
International Whitewash Day
The project will be called International Whitewash Day because one of the renovation tasks that will be asked to the volunteers will be to paint houses using the traditional limestone white paint, the process used on the typical Alentejo houses.
The work will consist of 2-3 hours of renovation work by the AFS volunteers on the village, with local supervision, and helping to cook the dinner to be shared with the local population and the VSS participants.
Finally we'll make a mural of names/signatures to leave a presence of the VSS and its volunteers on the village. If you have any artistic skills and would like to work on the mural please inform the Support Team – [email protected]
What To Bring
Old clothes to work/paint
Tradicional sweets or pastry (there are to share with the inhabitants during village dinner
Energy and good spirits to work!
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