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Mar 17, 2020

A glimpse into your peer's life

The Finnish Blue Ribbon has been active in Peer Support Groups for many years. The "Pilke Peer Support Groups" meet regularly so that elderly people can talk about addictions and related issues such as loneliness, anxiety and depression. Pilke means "look at" - which means that in the groups each individual is “seen” and his or her individual needs are perceived.

In March a new project called “Pilkettä elämään” (finn. for “A glimpse into life") has started. The aim of the project is to spread the Pilke peer support group work all over Finland during the next three years. As a result new Pilke groups are being established and there are going to be more and more Pilke-instructors. Hundreds of elderly people with substance abuse problems will have a community to belong to and a reason not to drink for at least one day a week. The culture of "We look after each other" is promoted by the project and in the long term it can shape whole Finland by creating a place to be for elderly people.

A goal in this initial phase is also to find out how cost-efficient and effective Pilke work is compared to individual support. Different assessments will be conducted to make the groups as valuable and far reaching as possible.

For this enriching project we are happy to receive additional donations, so that healthy aging can be promoted in Finland in a targeted manner. Many thanks for your generosity!

Mar 16, 2020

Children imitate - Consequences of Drinking among Kids

The consumption of alcohol is very strongly integrated into society. In many circles it is normal to take care of a child while drinking. People drink to build relationships, establish networks or dampen emotions. However, alcohol can be very harmful if it is not handled responsibly.

Drinking is omnipresent at festivals, including family celebrations such as birthdays, village festivals or Christmas. But what does one' s child, son or daughter, do during this time? Are the parents still equally quick in their reactions while drinking? Interactions can be altered by alcohol. People speak differently or say things they would not normally say. People become more melancholic, cry more often or fight with their partner. Alcohol can make discussions more tense and make people raise their voices. If kids are present they see how adults, parents and relatives, behave differently than before.

And what about the day after? How are the children treated when parents have a hangover? On such "days after " the patience of parents can be reduced. The care of oneself must be coordinated with the care for the children which might feel for both, the parent and the kids, as an extra burden.

Children are strongly influenced when they see their parents with a beer or bottle of wine regularly during the week or on weekend. If they see the same patterns every day, for example that stress is reduced by drinking or if sentences are formulated like: "I need a beer now to calm down" this gets internalized and leads to similar drinking behavior. Children will automatically combine happiness with alcohol if alcohol is consumed on all holidays and celebrations. Children take all the details around them at a very young age and adapt and imitate accordingly.

Children who grow up like this will consume excessive amounts of alcohol, especially in their teenage years. Parties will be celebrated with alcohol, which is what they saw as children among the "big ones". Now they are finally part of it and can have as much fun as mom and dad... Such thinking and drinking patterns should be stopped.

There are numerous campaigns on drink-driving. The car can no longer be steered properly due to alcohol consumption. But what about educating children at home while their parents drink? Doesn't one lose the "handlebars" if one looks after children while drinking?

The Blue Cross in Brazil has made it its mission to work with both parents and children. Through this intergenerational work, healthy family patterns can be created and the harm of imitating drinking behaviors stopped. Thanks for your donation!

Mar 10, 2020

Exciting first months of the year 2020

Peer Educators Training
Peer Educators Training

 The year 2020 began for the Blue Cross Chad with many exciting events:

  • In January, secondary school teachers were trained. They were encouraged to take up the integration of life skills in some of the school lessons. Such topics are: Prevention of alcoholism, smoking, sexually transmitted diseases, HIV, AIDS, violence and gender-based violence.
  • In mid-January a press conference was held for the government on the subject of "Alcohol and Sustainable Development". 12 of 17 Sustainable Development Goals are negatively affected by alcohol. For this reason, discussions were held, for example, about increasing the price of alcoholic beverages.
  • In February, 96 peer educators, leaders of Life Skills Club at high schools and university campuses were given training. The focus was on writing activity reports, bookkeeping for the clubs and budget monitoring.

Exciting events are also planned for the next quarter. With your donations you help to change young people and their environment. Thank you very much for your generosity!

Training for Teachers
Training for Teachers
Course diploma handover for a teacher
Course diploma handover for a teacher
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