Youth in Action – biojewels for Breast Cancer
In December 2012, I received an e-mail to Dorly Piske, natural Brazilian Santa Catarina, who moved to the region of the Rocky Mountains in Wyoming in 1985. For years he has been dedicated to teaching languages (Portuguese, English and Spanish as a foreign language) and lately has acted in Laramie County Community College and the University of Wyoming in Laramie.
Parallel to her work in academy, Dorly is voluntary at Partners of the Americas (Partners of the Americas), an international non-governmental, non-profit, founded in the 60s under the Kennedy administration in order to promote rapprochement, understanding and collaboration among people and institutions of the American continent. Through projects that promote mutual benefits in the areas of education, health, culture, agriculture, among others, voluntary agents performing exchanges and actions aimed at “Connect, Serve and Changing Lives”, uniting American states and countries to America.
As chairman of the committee of Wyoming “states fellow” Wyoming and Goiás, conceived the project “Youth in Action! Acai Beads for Breast Cancer “(Youth in Action – biojewels for Breast Cancer) in order to support the implementation of a program of itinerant mammograms in rural Goiás Thus Dorly roused young students of secondary schools and institutions higher education of their city to engage as volunteers in the production of bio-jewels.
The parts produced by young people are being marketed locally and all proceeds will go towards the purchase of the first mammography unit, whose estimated value is $ 40,000.00. The equipment will be donated to Breast League, Federal University of Goiás, in charge of starting the program itinerant free mammograms for the rural population of Goiás from 2014. The program aims to meet the critical need for access to early diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer, where such opportunity is practically out of reach.
Organized style “grassroots”, the project relies on the good will of many to achieve the proposed goal and has been successful in creating a local network of collaboration between various organizations and entities have raised 50% of the resources needed. In this stretch, the goal is to expand and extend the project to involve employees in other regions of the state of Wyoming.
The major challenges faced by the “Youth in Action” have been: the training of young volunteers, the acquisition of tropical ornamental seeds, all from Brazil and always with people of good will to bring them, the production and marketing of bio-jewels. Been looking for solutions that did Dorly contact me, to find in his research on the net, by chance, my job training in the production of bio-jewels.
The project, proposed by a simple multiplier, but mainly by focusing on prevention of breast cancer, a topic that really interests me, enchanted me from the beginning. How to develop an annual voluntary action to be greater, I understood that there could be no better proposal to donate my volunteer work, which support the project “Youth in Action”.
Although initial plans to make the desired training in the first half of 2013 could not materialize, we still want to achieve this goal within the next few months, here in Brazil or the U.S.. Investment in training these young multipliers is a critical factor, will serve as the basis for the consolidation and growth of the project that will benefit many women in rural Goiás, in reducing mortality from breast cancer.
I talked to Dorly Piske, which is now in season in Kazakhstan teaching English at a technical university. For the second consecutive year, Dorly is organizing a summer intensive course for teachers and students of various proficiency levels, under the auspices of the Kazakh government, as part of the initiative to give particular attention to the teaching of English, hoping that within ten years, about 20% of the population of Kazakhstan has English language skills.
Patricia Moura: Dorly, what’s new about the project.
Dorly Piske: In the summer months when students are on vacation and I work on projects outside of academics temporary WY, production biojewelry goes into recess. However, work in sales. As we approach the start of the new school year, we are also in the planning stage and dissemination of weekly workshops, renewal of inventory planning and Brazilian cultural events on campus where we enjoyed presenting our products. It has been a very involved process, but effective in publicizing our work. But it is also very critical when studying the most effective ways of production and marketing. It is in this area that we expect to have their support in the near future.
Patricia Moura: How and been the product acceptance biojoia the viability of the project and how the natural accessories are being sold. There are points of sales events?
Dorly Piske: Acceptance of our products is good. When we started was new and called a lot of attention. But the fact of biojewelry being created by young volunteers to support a valuable cause calls even more attention and facilitates sales.
We currently have only one fixed station sales, a local cooperative of natural products, but we have taken the biojewelry the fair free weekly “Farmers Market” which runs from July to mid-September. We also carry products to cultural events in the region, as far as possible, but this has been more sporadic than systematic. We have offered the product for the internet for the difficulty of ensuring production of specific parts. Young people participating in the project value creativity allowed by open style workshops where, with proper guidance and technical support, each has freedom to create the parts you want. With this, most of the pieces are unique and exclusive. If we create a production line and determinássemos what and how much each should produce, I believe that fewer volunteers would be motivated to participate. However, the desired effective training of a group of volunteers multipliers still is very much needed, both to increase the number of workshops offered, as well as to ensure that all parts produced are usable and high quality.
Patricia Moura: How many people are involved? Persons and entities from other states, either in USA or Brazil, can be added to the project? How they can contribute?
Dorly Piske: At the moment I’m alone in the overall coordination of the project and giving all regular weekly workshops and additional workshops at the invitation of stakeholders inside and outside the campus. The number of young people who participate in weekly workshops is variable and unpredictable, but revolves around 8-15. The sessions last four hours, but young people are free to participate at that time was generally available around two hours. Again I emphasize that we have an immediate need to train a group of volunteers able to lead their own workshops. This also implies increasing the inventory of materials and organization of new kits complete with all the necessary materials.
What would you like to see happen is to take the project to other locations in the region or even other parts of the country. This can happen in several ways. One of them would support direct sales in the style “Bead Party” or organizing a stall at some community event. In this case, we would send a package by mail with a variety of products (bracelets, earrings, necklaces) and the person concerned, by a guarantee (credit card) assume commitment to sell the products and within a stipulated time, remit the funds raised and / or the balance inventory.
Another option would we take workshops biojewelry to your community / city. An entity or individual organize a group (minimum 15 people) interested in participating in workshops biojewelry and would be responsible for the cost of transportation and food (s) of the leader (s) of the workshop venue. A fee to be combined, each participant would be entitled to get a play produced. The other pieces would be donated to the project for marketing, preferably on-site workshops, by organizing an exhibition open to the public.
And of course, we are open to other alternatives that readers can suggest.
At the same time, we need to identify sponsors both in Brazil and in the U.S. for the purchase and shipment of materials from Brazil. As mentioned above, yet saw depending on reinvestment of funds for the purchase of materials from the supplier, as well as the goodwill of known orders to bring in their luggage. Both are factors that make it difficult to expand the project and make planning more systematically and effectively.
Patricia Moura: What is the estimated purchase the first mammography and when he is, in fact, working for the exams?
Dorly Piske: As I indicated earlier, we completed the goal is raising the remaining 50% of the funds by the end of this year, as the League’s Mama in Goiás is eager to start the program itinerant free mammograms in early 2014. As before the program started, more people may benefit.
Patricia Moura: What else would like to add?
Dorly Piske: Certainly would like to thank you for the support you have shown our small initiative, but it has put us in touch with hundreds of young people in this three or four years of learning and activities. These young people not only disfrutaram creative work with seeds, but learned new skills, gained new knowledge about various ecosystems of Brazil, rich flora, collection, processing, use of ornamental seeds, sustainability and economic reality, beyond the valuable friendships formed. Before we reach the desired goal, I know a lot more volunteers of all ages, but especially young people, come to work with us. All participants of the project, we will be eternally grateful.
I must also thank you in advance to readers of this column, you may also be interested in supporting us in the way that they can.
As project coordinator, leave here my information and I look forward to contact with comments, ideas and expressions of interest in participating in the project. The web page for the project is in the planning stages.
Dorly Piske – Laramie WY – (307) 760-8279 – firstname.lastname@example.org