Today I was able to take three of the teens from our group to visit the Air Force Aerospace Musuem and the Navy Cultural Centre in Rio de Janeiro city, a 150 km drive from our city, Nova Friburgo. In addition to seeing a number of aircraft at the aeorspace musuem, we were also able to visit a Navy battleship and submarine, and to see inside a SH3 Sea King helicopter.
Our Teen CERT group helped run a display in the local bus station today as part of a Day of Social Action. It was a great opportunity to show the general public our CERT and first aid courses, and seven of teenagers took part in the event.
Here are some photos from the day.
I was able to take four of our teens to a local river today - despite summer being officially over we got a mostly sunny day.
It's always hard to choose who gets to go as due to financial issues, the size of my car, and the lack of available adult helpers, I'm very limited in how often I can do these sorts of activities and how many of our youth can participate at any one time.
We had a meeting of our teens' group tonight and a surprise party, partly to celebrate Brazilian Childrens' Day, which is next Wednesday, and partly as a social activity as we probably won't have a chance to have another meeting until I get back from New Zealand in mid-December.
It was also an opportunity for six of our teenagers to receive their new ranks within our group structure, including Kevin who is the first member of the group to be awarded the Junior Commander rank.
Turnout was less than expected, which was not doubt due, at least in part, to a shooting (death) that happened here in the hillside last night, and the environment here which feels like we are in a state of siege at the moment. Neverless, the meeting went very well and the party was a great success.
Here are some photos from our meeting tonight.
Here are some photos from today:
Over the last couple of weeks I have been running some Small BASIC programming lessons to a small group of young people. It's great to see these teens wanting to learn programming - at their request we did a double class yesterday and are getting into nested IF-THEN-ELSE conditions.
It was great to open our base for some of the kids from the teens' group to play games tonight. We're hoping to make some adjustments soon to the building, to make the space more usable and secure, and to prepare for what I hope will be my soon return to the house that I built above the then church building just over ten years ago.
We had a great "camp-out" on the church roof overnight with some of the teens from our group. It was really cool to see how everyone helped with the chores, and we had some real good conversations (and one boy was instantly healed of a stomach-ache when we prayed for him last night).
Over the last week we have been running Bible Studies and CERT Emergency Communications courses and also opening up the base for games. It was great to see our teens completing the courses, including the new members who have recently joined the team, and all who were awarded Achievement Badges today.
Today I took some our teens hiking up a nearby mountain (I survived!).
While on our climb back down the mountain the teens found and buried a blue parakeet, which seemed to have died of natural causes. Sorry kids, I guess that means that that there won't be any more Rio movies!
Since September we have been holding two-weekly meetings on Saturday nights where we provide advanced training to members of our response team and young people from our teens group who have completed the Teen CERT course. Over the past several meetings we have trained with the SKED stretcher, tested an Meal Ready to Eat (MRE), and practised one and two personal profissional CPR and the use of the Bag Valve Mask (BVM) and Automatic External Defibrillator (AED).
Here are some photos from recent training meetings: