Passion for Food: Spice Girl

Passion for Food: Spice Girl

Iasmina Silva is a 13-year-old Portuguese girl we met at Johnson’s Academy, an NGO that supports youths from Greater Lisbon’s problematic neighborhoods. Iasmina is the “spice girl” for this edition.

Ginger
Don’t let nausea take over, grab some ginger… and smile!
Red, Hot, Chilli and Pepper
Milk has been used for 8,000 years as an antidote for the spices burning
Chillies
If you want to quench a burning mouth, don’t run for water. Go the milky way instead!
Cinnamon
The warm scent of cinnamon makes it a highly sought-after ingredient for perfumers

COACHING FOR LIFE

“ACADEMIA DO JOHNSON”

Johnson Semedo was born and raised in a neighbourhood in the outskirts of Lisbon, having endured a rough childhood that led him to heavy drug addiction, crime and 11 years spent at correctional facilities and prisons. Nevertheless, Johnson was able to turn his life around completely and, for a decade now, he has worked with young kids, trying to help them by sharing his personal experience and guiding them in order to prevent risk situations.

He founded Johnson’s Academy (“Academia do Johnson”), which is open to youngsters from different problematic neighbourhoods. There, he manages and coaches a futsal team and, through sportsmanship and Johnson’s positive influence, the kids are taught new skills and given new opportunities. Johnson’s Academy, while supported and championed by the Grupo Jerónimo Martins, continuously seeks volunteers to help expand the activities and support areas it can provide to its young attendees, such as: tutoring, sports coaching, psychological support and music and arts classes.

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