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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

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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KIDS SUPPORT GROUPS 2016

 

During the 2016 and especially early 2016 there has been positive surprises in the area KIDS Support Groups of Blue Cross Brasil.

3 retraining sessions for leaders were performed:

1) Blumenau / SC with 13 participants,

2) Curitiba / PR with 28 participants, and

3) Witmarsum / SC with 5 participants.

In this period started 1 new of KIDS support group in the town of Witmarsum / SC and 1 new Group KIDS support in the city of Londrina / PR (the result of training conducted last year - 2015).

The biggest growth KIDS Support Groups is not in territorial coverage and number of new groups, but the number of children coming weekly in KIDS Groups that have more than one year of operation. For example the Group KIDS Support Blumenau (now with more than 35 participants) and the Group KIDS Support Ijuí-RS (at a meeting in rainy day, more than 30 participants).

Thank God for this gift he has given us and thank you for your support! We keep spreading the work even further, please join us.

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The year 2016 has started with great commitment and willingness to learn more about working together in the groups.

Within our groups family members have developed their skills to listen to each other and to communicate more effectively about their feelings and needs. The simple art of listening by seeking understanding requires practice. Instead of advising or trying to solve problems on other person’s behalf the power of being fully present has been practiced. Better communication skills reduce conflicts and creates strong bond between family members.

You may also like to practice some of these listening skills:

  • Ask clarifying questions, can you explain… what do you mean by… could you clarify… would you like to tell more… does anybody have a question
  • Enable positive self talk:
    • They say: I never do anything right-  You answer:  So you said  you tried your very best and it is hard for you as this time you did not succeed,
    • They say: I  procrastinate all the time- You say: So you say you really want to think it through carefully / you are putting a lot of effort to do the right thing   
  • Helping people to voice what they want:
    • So what is your wish for this situation
    • Let’s say you could just remove all from your way- what would be the first thing you would do
    • So what is your aim/ dream- how would you like it to be…

 

Mutual support is about believing that each person has the capacity to solve their own issues when they can process the issues constructively. Thanks to your support in Brazil this work is creating many happy families! 

Thank you for your continued support and we look forward to sharing more news with you in our next update!

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Group meeting in Rio Negrinho
Group meeting in Rio Negrinho

Dear friends and supporters,

2015 was an exciting year for the KIDS Support groups project in Southern Brazil. Blue Cross Brazil was able to hold seven training sessions for group leaders and they started five new groups in the region. One exciting new development was the inclusion of some missionaries from the New Tribes of Brazil in the “Reserva Guarita,” who are working with the Kiangang Indian tribes. Alcohol abuse is a big concern among this group and Blue Cross Brazil is developing new programs to target this population.

Two prevention activities were carried out in Nonoai Reserve, with indigenous ethnic Kaingang. The first was in July, where the coordinator of the KIDS Groups in Southern Brazil, Icarus, held a talk about prevention in a local school. On this occasion, the tribe requested Blue Cross Brail to carry out additional awareness events in the indigenous area. As a result, in November, the coordinator and the whole Blue Cross Prevention team of Blue Cross Brazil carried out some additional activities in the same reservation with younger students and parents in cooperation with the Mission Suzane do Valle, the New Tribes Mission in Brazil that has been operating for 37 years.

One mother who attends self-help groups and has a young daughter told us: “I really want to be able to bring my daughter back to the KIDS Groups. Shortly before my relapse, I left to come to the group. When I called her (my daughter) every time, I complained of a headache and stomach pain. She thought it was strange. But now I realize that she saw that I was not well and at risk for relapse. I know she needs help from the KIDS Groups too because it is the only place where she can play and feel safe.”  Edervã - resident Panambi

It is important for children whose parents are suffering from addiction to have a place to turn, where they can feel safe and talk about their struggles at home. Having a parent who is dependent on alcohol or drugs can be very confusing for a child. When one person in the family is suffering from addition, the whole family is affected by the harm it causes, which is why the KIDS groups are such an important development to the work of the Blue Cross in Brazil.

We thank you for your continued support and look forward to sharing more updates with you throughout the year!

Group meeting in Sao bento so sul
Group meeting in Sao bento so sul
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Bern, Bern Switzerland

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