Charity History

Started in 2006, and Registered with the Charity Commission in May 2007

  • We have helped Nairucu Arts in northern Mozambique (Portuguese speaking like Brazil) (donors) by raising funds for them to obtain the use of the land where they have now completed their Centre and are planning an education wing.
  • We have helped a lady in a poor area of Rio de Janeiro who takes local children to doctors, dentists and opticians. She teaches the children the importance of ecology, taking them into the adjacent forest to learn how plants and animals help sustain each other and the importance of removing and disposing of litter. Once she has set up a charity in Brazil we can assist her more in this program.
  • One of our trustees and a volunteer went to Poços in Bahia, Brazil to organize and help build a hold-up water tank. We are now waiting to go back to arrange the drilling of a bore hole and the laying of pipes to connect it to the water tank which will provide clean fresh drinking water to the villagers and it will be placed in the side of the road open for the public.
  • We helped a Kendal alternative therapy centre, participated in Ambleside Peace Day, Langdale Show, and the Brathay Hall family event.
  • We showed Josefina’s work at two events run by Sine Dubio Art at the Low Wood Hotel on the shores of Lake Windermere.
  • Raised our public profile by taking part in Car Boot Sales in Staveley, Ambleside, Cockermouth and Coniston.
    One of our volunteers does an annual row from Waterhead to Bowness and back to raise funds.
  • Another volunteer ran a half marathon and organized a fund raising on Windermere Lakes Cruise.
    The most exciting of all and with all sorts of media has been the epic Walk to the World Cup -To raise funds for a drought project in Poços, a small village in Bahia, Brazil.
  • The 1966 kilometre sponsored walk to the world Cup was undertaken by David Bewick, Adam Burns, Pete Johnston, and Ben Olson. The distance walked also commemorated the last time England won the world cup!

Our heartfelt thanks go to the boys, whose efforts have made such an enormous difference to the village.
It is intended to have a short film made documenting their achievement in which we hope will be able to reach and inspire a wider audience!

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In November 2013 we found a base, at the Josefina Gallery on Waterside, Kendal. (unfortunately now closed due to flooding caused by storm Desmond in December 2015ing), these are some of the activities we organised:

  • Anna Sirqueira, live painting + buffet
  • Brendan Lewes, live music + refreshments
  • Variety of exhibitions every month by local artists
  • Craft fair once a month

Up to now, we have had our very first external grant, it has come from Cumbria County Council and the amount of £560, this was used to purchase two portable wheelchair ramps to provide our disabled friends easy access to the gallery and events.
We have excellent support from the solicitors, Temple Heelis by financing our Brochure, improving the form Gallery signage and organising an event.
The Waterside Café next door was also very supportive.
Our landlords Peill & Co have also been a great help. (More about what we have done so far very soon)
Upcoming events (soon)

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