Seen from above, the roof of the NGO Comunidade dos Pequenos Prophets stands out as a point of hope. A productive and ecological hope that benefits more than 1,500 people from communities in Joana Bezerra, Coque and Avenida Sul, Roque 2 and Roque 3, in Recife, Pernambuco. The project “Eco Productive Roof: sowing new horizons” is located on top of the headquarters of the NGO that has been serving children and adolescents in socially vulnerable situations for over 30 years. In the garden, cabbage, arugula, peppers, coriander, cherry tomatoes and various types of lettuce are produced.
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According to Demetrius Demetrio, project manager, the eco-productive roof is a space for food production and reception. “This project created very interesting actions. First, because it opens up the possibility of a good diet for those who do not have the purchasing power or who do not know these products. Second, having these products in your diet is a tool for social transformation, as I said ‘whoever eats poorly, sees himself poorly’. Third, it empowers people; and fourth, because there are mothers and women who participate”, points out the manager, who highlights the role of the NGO in the fight against domestic violence.
“Especially in this pandemic, we know that violence against women has increased frighteningly. So, the roof also became a space where these women meet among themselves, along with their children or the team professional to start discovering themselves as well”, he concludes.
Young people and their families learn about agroecology
The roof works as a self-sustainable knowledge workshop, where the young people served by the NGO and their families are responsible for the production and harvesting of organic products. In addition, participants also receive technical support to produce their own vegetable gardens at home, using seedlings from the roof planted in PET bottles taken from the Capibaribe River.
Ana Isabela is the mother of a young man assisted by the NGO and, with the encouragement, created a vegetable garden at home. “The importance of these gardens to me in the community is very satisfactory, because we often don’t have the money to buy vegetables, so having them at home already helps us, both me and my neighbors. When we need coriander, a chives, we go to the vegetable garden, take it out and we can season a bean, a meat and these gardens are very good in the community”, highlights Ana Isabela.
Luciano de Jackson, on the other hand, is assisted by the NGO and helps to distribute food. “I came to show you a little about our daily lives here on the roof, where we have food and take it from here too to give to family members who need it, the homeless, everyone comes here to ask for food and thank God the project helps a lot families”, he points out.
In the Little Prophets Community, the boys and girls served have access to daily meals, socio-environmental, educational, artistic, cultural, sports and gastronomic activities, in addition to having psychological, social, legal and nutritional follow-up and assistance. To get to know the project and be part of this chain of solidarity, just access the site.
Source: BdF Pernambuco
Editing: Elen Carvalho