In 2006, Abel Machado School of the tiny community of Massambará, Vassouras, Brazil, participated in a Fire and Ice event that challenged schools to implement one activity to combat climate change in their local area. The school developed its own organic compost for fertilizer, and then built an organic garden on a small plot of land within the school grounds.
In 2008, Burkina Faso got the award of Elluminate Fire And Ice. eClassroom -in- a- box after Brazil. In 2008 Sep., we started a new team group: Taiwan, Mali from Africa, Turkey, Israel, Indonesia, Japan, Uzbekistan from Asia, Solomon from South Pacific, and Cuba from South America joined this new group. Due to the financial problem, Elluminate Fire and Ice no longer provided any classroom -in-a-box for the participants. But we still continued this interesting and meaningful project.
At the beginning, Jules Ouedraogo from Burkina Faso was African countries coordinator, Valmir Azevedo was coordinator of Brazil and Portuguese speaking countries, Mayte, Spanish speaking countries coordinator, and I, Cindea, Asia-Pacific coordinator worked together under the direction of Stace Wills, global coordinator from Canada, After Feb. 2009, Elluminate Fire and Ice stopped all of the coordinators’ work, for the global financial depressed. Only I left for this project connection and the continuing work because I work voluntarily.
In Feb, 2009. one of my iEARN friends, Claude, from France would visit Cuba. It’s a good opportunity for us to connect Cuba. Because they only had snail mails, and very difficult to connect with us. Meanwhile, we didn’t have any financial support, and we even couldn’t afford the webcam or microphone for the Cuba school, Villena Revolucion, Havana. Stace provided the equipments himself, and Claude tried his best to help this first Live Event, connected Canada, Cuba and Taiwan. French Alliance helped on Feb25th, but failed. On March 4th, Rafael and Claude continued to challenge this impossible mission, French Embassy gave us the best internet connection help, and we met on line and wrote the history. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QIV0XgR4j_Q
Cuba students did a great job on their organic garden project, and Rafael is a great teacher on guiding them. That was a project for rural and underprivileged urban communities at the beginning, but after this Live Event, we went to another era. We didn’t have any financial support, only Elluminate technical support on V room, and we changed a new world coordinator, Steve Hargadon from the States. He doesn’t really know about our organic garden, but provided us free to use Elluminate VC system generously. I, Cindea Hung, who is in charge of it now. If I can write a co-worker, that should be Sounkalo from Mali. We hosted this project ourselves since Feb 2009.
However, we still continued working on our organic garden project, and held some Live Events for our students. The most important is we were not affected by economy depressed. Most of the schools independently ran the project. Solomon got the seeds from Taiwan Embassy, and started their organic garden project no matter how the bad weather condition it was.
In May, 2009, Stace introduced his former project participants, Rocio and Jarold, from Colombia to join our team. Their projects are Climate change and recycling. We had a volunteer interpreter, Daniel, from Argentina, too. We again united more teachers, and refreshed our team. In July, 2009---few days ago, Stace came back again to our team, to be the world coordinator, and I think we’ll have a brand new team next semester.