Jul 1, 2020

Blue Cross Brazil celebrates its 25th anniversary

On June 23, 2020, the Blue Cross in Brazil celebrates 25 years since its foundation in 1993.

On Tuesday, there has been a small celebration. Due to the pandemic, in order to have the necessary distance, only part of the Cruz Azul team gathered, some members of the board, represented by President Rolf Hartmann and other representatives from different partner organizations from the Blue Cross Brazil were present.

It was a special moment of gratitude and joy, where souvenirs were also given to the collaborators who completed 10 years or more of work. A remarkable video of people participating in a support group of the Cruz Azul - Vidas Restauradas network, was shown, reporting their story and how they have been helped by the work of the Blue Cross Brazil.

Without a doubt, the greatest gift that the Blue Cross in Brazil has today are the people involved in the work, directly or indirectly: recovered lives, restored families, capacitated people, executive team, board of directors, councils, members, donors, volunteers! So many people throughout Brazil have been touched through the organizations mission: "For a Life, without drugs!

Concluding the historical and special moment, the president of Cruz Azul, also founder, Rolf Hartmann, thanked God for the care, direction, support, and growth of the work, and expressed his gratitude to all the collaborators, members, family and friends of Cruz Azul who together have supported and worked throughout the history of the entity, and also in the present times. He reminded everyone that the basis, value and foundation of the Blue Cross is people with faith and unconditional love for vulnerable people.

The Blue Cross Brazil thanks all its donors for their support in the last 25 years!

Let’s keep on together in the coming years!

Rolf Hartmann, President and Founder
Rolf Hartmann, President and Founder
Mar 17, 2020

From a broken Girl to a courageous Woman

In the Republic of Congo, IBC and its local partner organisation CTPAD (Coordination Technique des Projets et D'Appui au Développement Communautaire) have been implementing a prevention programme in the local schools of Brazzaville since 2013. It focuses mainly on students between the ages of 12 and 18 and deals with life skills topics such as: addiction, HIV/AIDS, discrimination, violence and gender issues.

We receive very valuable stories from young adults who tell us how their lives have changed through the activities of the local Blue Cross.

A story about a young woman:

“I came into the world from a relationship of circumstances between a hemp worker father and an alcoholic mother, which meant that my childhood was not that of a normal child because she was unable to take care of me. My parents left me at the mercy of the members of their respective families, namely uncles, aunts and grandmothers who raised me not as born from their blood, but as a maid for everything, especially cleaning and other household work which was endangering my studies.

At the age of 12, the maternal family decided that I should live with my father who lived with his new wife, his sisters and his cousin in the same household. There, another ordeal begins. My mother-in-law mistreated me and my father spent his time in hemp. Reasons which led me to move to my mother whose new husband did not want me. I went back to my father and continue to suffer the nastiness of my mother-in-law.

At the age of 14, I was raped by a 30 year old person. My father was made aware of the situation, but he didn't help me. I spent hours crying.

At the age of 17, I joined my aunt. Thanks to her affection and her advice I started to regain courage.

In 2018, thanks to the existence of the “young leaders” (name of the life skills club), I learned about the life skills of the Generation 5 S* project. Since then, I have followed their activities until I have been offered the chance to become part of the Generation 5 S project through the peer education training carried out in December 2018. Since that time, Generation 5 S has guided my steps.

Out of an insecure broken girl, a self-confident courageous woman was born - thanks to the knowledge of the Life Skills Programme. This project makes me a responsible girl, someone I can count on. This pushes me to carry in me the values developed by this project and what I learn with it, I pass it on to those who find themselves in the situation that was mine before.

To conclude, all my thanks to God for having accomplished my destiny: to join the Generation 5 S project.”

* The 5 S stand for: Sans alcool, Sans drogue, Sans violence, Sans VIH, Sans discrimination

With your donation even more lives can be changed. Thank you for your generosity!

Generation 5 S  Outdoor meeting
Generation 5 S Outdoor meeting
Dancing promotes self-confidence
Dancing promotes self-confidence
Singing brings happiness
Singing brings happiness
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!

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