A staggering 30% of children in Greenland are victims of their parents' excessive drinking. The Blue Cross in Denmark has committed to supporting Blue Cross Greenland in their mission to reduce alcohol-related harm, especially among children.
Children, who come from families where one or both parents drink often judge themselves, face social exclusion, are terrified of abandonment and are much more likely to become alcoholics themselves. Alcohol is the most used intoxicant in Greenland and by far the majority of the adult population consumes alcohol. Blue Cross Greenland's services will be targeted at both children and parents who need counselling, information and a place to overcome their addiction.
Blue Cross Denmark, with its experience running targeted programs for children, have established a partnership with its counterpart in Greenland renovate and establish services in six locations offering education and promoting alcohol-free spaces, primarily for kids. The project is financed by Y's Men International, Region Denmark, who contributes almost half of the total project cost. Through contributions made through Global Giving, we will provide toys, meals, therapy and arrange excursions.
Blue Cross Greenland can foster an optimistic and alcohol-free environment for both children and parents to help fight alcohol addiction. Blue Cross wishes to build lasting relations and trust to both authorities and other associations working to support the children and thus the country's future. By offering a space for children to speak freely about their parents addiction and the effect is has on them, the Blue Cross empowers youth to lead drug free lives and create healthy social networks.