KIDS Support Groups in Brazil

by International Blue Cross
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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
Joyful moments for kids
Joyful moments for kids

 

Report Support Groups Kids October 2017

The Kids support groups have made visits, qualifications for leaders and follow-ups for the Nettwork of Support Groups of the Blue Cross in Brazil. 

The objective in the beginning of the year is to restart the activities the groups already performed the previous year and this was successfully achieved.

In Blumenau, by means of a project of the Blue Cross in Brazil, one more kids support group can start.

Earlier this year there was a trip to visit the groups in Paraná with the SG Kids in Arapoti-Pr, managed by Pr. Sueder, with an average of 20-25 children. 

Among other activities in groups, a lecture on prevention took place in the Support Group in Londrina- Pr, which has a group of adolescents as participants. On March 23-24, we were able to perform a qualification in São Bento do Sul, which resulted in the affiliation of the project SE Liga to the net of SG Kids of the Blue Cross. On May 23, the beginning of the SG Kids of the Church (IECLB) parish São Marcos in the city of Joinville-SC, which assists an average of 15 adolescents per week, took place.  

We rely on your continuous support. Thank you for stayng with us and we look forward to reporting to you again!

 

                                                                      

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We are very excited to announce you that we have been able to develop a new handbook to support our leaders to run Kids Support Groups. Without your support, it would not have been possible. Thank you for your contributions!

 We are pleased to provide you the information on the steps taken to achieve this important goal:

The Blue Cross has developed a draft of weekly studies and activities to be used by the future leaders of Kids Support Groups. During this project seven training and one retraining program were conducted and five new Supports Groups started working. Kids Support Groups work in three state and regional meetings of leaders of adult support groups. Recently, we completed the editing work and agreed the final details for the publication (Book) of 52 meetings to support KIDS groups, which is already being distributed to the facilitators KIDS support groups.

Two prevention activities were also carried out in Nonoai Reserve, with the indigenous ethnic Kaingang.

 We can notice the increased capacity of our leaders and therefore better quality and the positive impact on the target audience resulting from the project.

 We are looking forward toproviding you more information about the future projects. We would like to take this opportunity to express my gratitude and appreciation for your generosity and financial assistance.

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According to the Brazilian National Drug Report 2009, an estimated 12.3% of the adult urban population in Brazil suffers from dependence on alcohol, making alcohol misuse a significant public health issue. Blue Cross Brazil, a member of the International Blue Cross based in Blumenau, is providing treatment and aftercare services in the three Southern states of Santa Catarina, Paranà and Rio Grande do Sul, where alcohol and drug use is most prevalent. The organization has developed over the past eight years, growing from just 4 employees with 40 volunteers to a leading organization in the development of therapeutic communities in Latin America with a team of 23 staff and over 377 volunteers! 

In 2012, the Blue Cross in Brazil, along with four other national federations of therapeutic communities, founded CONFENACT – the National Federation of Therapeutic Communities. Under the umbrella of this new organization, Blue Cross Brazil led the discussion with the Brazilian Minister of Justice, Eduardo Cardoso, to implement new legislation that will recognize therapeutic communities as entities that are eligible to receive state support through social benefits. This includes support for projects in the field of alcohol and drug prevention, family support, and fostering the social reintegration of addicts. After nearly two years of discussions and negotiations with the National Council on Drug Policies (CONAD), the legislation was passed, bringing addiction to the forefront of the social and health agenda in Brazil and creating a model for other Latin American countries to follow.  BC Brazil has a key coordination role within this network.

Another important field of work is prevention. Prevention work is primarily done through community outreach in theatre performances, lectures, discussion groups and literature that has reached an estimated 50,000 individuals in 2015 alone. In one of the theatres, a prevention story is performed by vulnerable adolescents who are regular participants in the Blue Cross activities. These children want to use their own experiences to educate others about the dangers and risks associated with drug and alcohol abuse.  

There are KIDS Support Groups for children who are particularly vulnerable when their parents drink – they often judge themselves, face social exclusion, are terrified of abandonment and quite often become addicts themselves.  Support groups like these give children confidence, a network of people to rely on and trust. They provide positive guidance during a critical time in their lives, when behaviour and decision-making are easily influenced. In the long term, KIDS support groups create physically and mentally healthy adolescents and adults who can function in society, eventually becoming positive agents for change.

Stay on top of the activities at BC Brazil by following them through facebook and their webpage. Meanwhile I warmly thank you for your support that enables BC Brazil to keep reaching the most vulnerable!

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In the Cruz Azul Kids Support Groups, the child can relearn how to have joy while playing, talking, interacting with other children and whilst interacting with safe adults. In these groups the children can regain hope that they lost because of the problem of addiction or dependency in their family. It is a safe place where they can drop all survival methods that they have learned to maintain in the family where addiction steals their childhood. In these groups they are free to be children again.
Support Cruz Azul Kids are weekly meetings in drug-free spaces, socio-interactive, entertainment, monitoring, support and prevention, grounded in the vision of whole human being, principles and Christian values. They are open for children from all backgrounds and contexts. To carry out this service, it is necessary to have volunteers and staff who are well trained to run the inspirational and empowering sessions.

At the moment the Blue Cross Brazil experiences financial challenges due to the slow  economical situation in Brazil  and it is a challenge to keep these groups running despite the great need in the community. Your support is invaluable to enable staff and materials to be avaialble for the activities with the kids. The Blue Cross Brazil runs a variety of services beyond the kids support groups and is able to find synergies from different departments with competent professionals. You can learn more about the work of Blue Cross Brazil through the link provided at the bottom of this report. Please support us and make a difference to a child's life every week!

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The project is of great interest by the external public, the community in general, and the net of services that assist dependents and families, because it fulfills an existing gap, which is the preventing assistance to children affected by the parents’ drug dependence. It is also conspicuously known that children with learning and behavior difficulties in the school environment, many times come from dysfunctional families, where there are higher indices of drug abuse and dependence. The assistance in support groups to children affected by the parents’ dependence complements the net of services of Blue Cross in Brazil, that has a net of support groups for adults and the services of therapeutic communities.

Even being part of the family and experiencing this condition together with the family, the child may  not understand the situation in which the family is, due to the chemical dependence developed by one or more family members. Children of PASDs may show predisposition to the use of drugs. Although there is some debate as to whether dependence is passed on genetically yet, however, social factors resulting from living together and even the imitation can influence/teach the child to use drugs.

 [...] some authors suggest that children of a chemical dependent parent show greater chance to develop clinical history of chemical dependence in the future and, many times, inconspicuous behavioral and cognitive alterations can be glimpsed in the childhood. BALTIERI, Danilo.

 

We want to prevent children from substance abuse and we thank you for your continued support within this battle. Our services provide the children the first step to safety, let's keep working for a world where everybody can choose a life free from addiction!

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