KIDS Support Groups in Brazil

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KIDS Support Groups in Brazil
KIDS Support Groups in Brazil
KIDS Support Groups in Brazil
KIDS Support Groups in Brazil
KIDS Support Groups in Brazil
KIDS Support Groups in Brazil
KIDS Support Groups in Brazil
KIDS Support Groups in Brazil
KIDS Support Groups in Brazil
KIDS Support Groups in Brazil
KIDS Support Groups in Brazil

The Blue Cross in Brazil was given the title SOCIAL MERIT for its services to people in social need in the community of Gaspar. The ceremony took place on December 14, 2018. The Secretary for Social Welfare of Gaspar presented the title to Rolf Hartmann, President of the Blue Cross Brazil. Also present was the burgomaster of Gaspar, Kleber Edson Wan-Dall.
Gaspar is a small community in the centre of Brazil and has partnerships with Cruz Azul in the field of prevention and training in alcohol and drug abuse, especially they do activities for disadvantaged children.
The title is a symbol that the work reaches many families and children and the engagement is also appreciated by the local population and government.

On the same day, an annual review celebration of the Board of Directors and the staff of the Brazilian Blue Cross took place in the headquarters of Cruz Azul, in Blumenau.The participants showed gratitude for all that has been achieved in 2018.

With your donation you are helping to ensure that the activities continue to be successful!

The fruitfulness and lasting change in the hearts of children of alcoholics can only be achieved through you. The children should continue to be inspired and experience great things in 2019.
We thank you for your generosity and wish you a happy new year!

Kids in camps from Blue Cross Brasil
Kids in camps from Blue Cross Brasil
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5% of the population in Brazil is affected by alcohol addiction which often leads to the fact that many kids and teens know alcohol and drugs from their everyday life. 

A child should never accept the use of drugs as a normal part of their daily routine. But this can happen through environmental influences such as their addicted father or mother as their role model. Substance abuse has a direct influence on the development of a child and children of addicts have a predisposition to become addicted as well. The social system often forgets that prevention work is extremely important to stop the circle of repeating social injustice. 

The KIDS Supports Groups programs in Brazil give children of alcohol-dependent parents a place where they are able to acquire a more positive outlook on life and help kids in coping with their family situation. At weekly meetings, while their parents are attending therapeutic sessions, children are encouraged to talk in a child friendly context about their problems. Blue Cross teachers support them in developing coping mechanisms and prevent them from sliding into alcohol or drug dependence themselves.

The goal of the Blue Cross Brazil is to have 39 KIDS Support Groups until the end of 2018. Last year they reached the number of 30 groups. The groups are growing in popularity and the demand for new groups is rising. 

In addition to the expansion of the structures for kids, another important target group will be supported next year: TEENS. The leader team saw a great need for this vulnerable age group, because in the phase life from 12 - 16 identity-finding and peer group pressures are reality. Since teens see substance abuse in their homes frequently the danger that addiction patterns in families will be repeated is high. Similar to the KIDS Support Groups the TEENS Support Groups will have the goal to create an environment where the adolescents can develop important life skills, i.e. how to handle the family situation and to discover their strengths and personality. The first step of the new project is to find volunteer leaders to implement the activities. The project is also in need of physical resources and materials like a car for the visitors, a sound box, microphone and a computer.

Promoting an area of welcome, coexistence and orientation for children and teens affected by drug consumption as a strategy of prevention and care for people in situations of social vulnerability and risk is the goal of the projects. The KIDS Support Groups and soon the TEENS Support Groups will help to stop repeating addiction patterns in families in Brazil.

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Blue Cross Brazil has run Self Help groups for adults effected or using Drugs or Alcohol for years. The group participants have often brought their children with them as there was no other place for them whilst adults had wanted to attend the group. For this need BC Brazil developped kids support groups and noticed that children have as high needs for peer support in their difficult Family citcumstances as the adults.

In these groups youth can feel safe to talk about their feelings and find healthy solutions to Family life in order to avoid co- dependency that is common risk for children of people who suffer from addiction. 

You can follow the lively work of BC Brazil through their Facebook. Thank you for your support for this vital work!

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In February 2018, General Secretary Anne Babb and Project Officer Daniele Polini set out on a journey to Blumenau, Brasil. Their Mission was to enhance the capacity of Blue Cross Brasil on project management and reporting techniques and to provide inputs on substance abuse prevention and support group activities. Blue Cross Brasil acts as a capacity building organisation amongst Blue Crosses and other substance abuse organisations within South America, this is why the exchange between IBC and Blue Cross Brasil is especially important.

Within Daniele`s workshops „Capacity building“ and „Managing of international development programmes“ the BC Brasil staff was capacitated to better plan projects so that they can be measured and evaluated. Participants learnt from the IBC about project cycle management in addition to quantitative and qualitative tools for measurement and reporting etc.

In addition, Anne and Daniele visited BC support groups and a CERENE therapeutic community in order to receive insights into the vibrant Blue Cross work on the ground. BC Brasil works with children of addicted parents, youth prevention schemes, and therapeutic communities that provide a place for recovery and high level advocacy work.

“Combining evidence based methods with good project management skills is a corner stone for good projects. This solid base linked to local expertise makes the international collaboration possible”, according to Anne. “Only by doing so we can make sure that we run high quality programmes that give the best support to people for leading a drug and alcohol-free lifestyle". In this context Anne and Daniele explained the key concepts and methodologies of its youth prevention programme "Life Skills and Peer Education" which it successfully implemented with partners in African countries. 

Anne Babb also visited with President of BC Brasil Rolf Hartman and GS Egon Schluter the Mayors’s offices in three cities. It was inspiring to see the commitment of cities to prevention programmes and it was evident that BC Brasil is the key player in providing many of the needed services.

The week was concluded with a high level substance abuse prevention seminar arranged by BC Brasil in collaboration with IBC where the Social Development Minister Osmar Terra, Mayors, Police and many other officials and also NGO representatives took part. Key topics were evidence based methods and policies in substance abuse prevention. As a result of the seminar local collaboration in the field of prevention was enhanced and communication all the way to National Government was enabled.

A heartfelt thanks to all of you that with your donations make all these projects possible, contributing in changing people's lives for the better!

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In Brazil there is an on going need for more kids support groups. Children from families where parents have issues with substance abuse can join a safe and child friendly space where they can be free to be children and learn to cope with their emotions and thoughts about their parents addiction. Blue Cross Brazil has developped child friendly material that enables the children to be at the centre of attention and have their voice heard. 

On the 28th  November 2017 a ­new group was started in Santa Maria (State of Rio Grande do Sul). In addition another group was reactivated in a Pioneer Baptist Church and on 29 November ­2017 in Panambi (State of Rio Grande do Sul) at Videira¹s Church.

Alcohol addiction is widespread in Brazil: 11.7 million people are affected. Children suffer the most as a result of their parents’ alcohol consumption. Children have to assume responsibilities at home at a young age, they are often neglected and feel alone. In 2013 the Blue Cross of Brazil established the KIDS Support Groups prevention project for children of alcohol-dependent parents. At weekly meetings children have the opportunity to talk in a child friendly context about their problems. They are encouraged to recognise their strengths and develop self-confidence. The aim is to prevent children with difficult social backgrounds from sliding into alcohol or drug dependence.

This work is only possible when we can find funds to run the activities and this is why your support is vital to us. These children are at high risk of becoming socially excluded and even addicted unless they receive the appropriate support. In Brazil this kind of prevention work is not sustainably funded and the Blue Cross has to rely on fundraising to make the work possible.

Start the new year by making a difference by supporting this project. We look forward to updating you of our activities during the year.

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