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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

"The meeting starts at seven-thirty, but it’s 6 pm and it’s already packed!” The children and family members are excited to join the KIDS Support Groups, where they are able to spend time among peers and counsellors who understand their situation at home and the daily struggle of living with an addict.

The family is fundamental to the success of treatment. When addiction takes hold on a person’s life, “it takes a village.” Addiction destroys families - It causes shame, embarrassment and pain. But with the help of the KIDS Support Groups, there is hope for children who live in a family where one or more parent is addicted to alcohol or drugs. They are able to gain a better understanding of their loved one’s addiction and learn how to support the recovery process. Most importantly, they develop a network of support for their own suffering and learn how to deal with all the negative consequences of addiction.

One mother told us of her daughter’s participation: "One thing I noticed is that she was very afraid of being alone. She could not be alone in a room in the house. Even to go to the bathroom, someone needed to go along. If not one came along she would wet her pants. But after she started attending KIDS Support Groups, this changed. Today she goes to the bathroom alone and is in other rooms in the house alone with tranquillity."

The groups in Southern Brazil continue to thrive and we are pleased that participation is so strong. E. Ristow, Coordinator of the Support Groups for Blue Cross Brazil told us “I realize more and more the importance of offering KIDS Support groups for family and children of drug addicts who come to our meetings. They need a proper place, where they can use their own language, where they will be respected and cared for. Also, I feel very satisfied when I see children who are in orphanages or shelters participating in the KIDS Groups. That to me is very special because I'm sure the KIDS Groups will do well for them."

We also wanted to share with you that this summer the Blue Cross of Brazil celebrated 20 years of heartfelt, dedicated service to helping families and individuals who suffer from addiction-related harm. The network in Brazil is growing and strong and we look forward to another 20 years to come!!

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

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Dear supporters,

We are happy to share some news with you from Brazil, an update of the KIDS Support groups. In this report, we focus on the training of the group leaders, as working with children is a special discipline that requires proper understanding of childhood development and the relevant issues involved with substance abuse. 

A social worker from Blue Cross Brazil told us the following about the behaviour of the children: “The behaviour after some meetings changes. They begin to smile more, play more, and speak more freely about their difficulties and families.”

Training is necessary to ensure that all leaders understand what type of behaviour to expect from children of dependents as well as the stages of childhood development and how to motivate the children to participate. Leaders must be able to clearly define issues related to the rights of the child, situations in which this right is violated and how leadership can act in the face of such violations.

Another KIDS Group leader told us “I didn’t use to like children. I started to frequent the Support Group for adults interested in getting to know and help people with real problems. I soon received the invitation to take the training of facilitator of KIDS, and there, even having gone against my will, I fell in love. I noticed that the pain of the co-dependent children was especially remarkable, so I decided not to get neglectful. And God has enlightened me miraculously, making the children get attached to me which motivated me even more to believe in this work.”

Working with children who often have feelings of shame, anger and isolation requires a special kind of person and we are grateful to all the volunteers who dedicate their time to ensuring that these children have a place to turn to in their time of need. We are also grateful to all the supporters of this special project for their contributions!

Thank you

Mischa Rychener

Fundraising and Networking Officer

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Dear valued supporters,

 

Because you have supported the KIDS Groups project in Brazil, we wanted to share with you the exciting news about a photo contest being help by the American Women's Club (AWC) of Bern, Switzerland. The AWC has chosen KIDS Support groups as their annual charity, supporting the project in Southern Brazil through a variety of fundraisers held throughout the year. This year they have decided to organize a Photo Contest in support of the project and the contest is open to submissions from around the globe!

 

We hope you will take out your cameras, iphones or whatever device you use to click and shoot a photo in support of children of alcoholics in southern Brazil!

 

With gratitude for your continued support,

 

Mischa Rychener

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Jorge
Jorge

In today’s report we would like to tell you the story of a boy, Jorge. His story is tied to a specific KIDS Support Group meeting. It will therefore be a wonderful occasion for us to familiarize you with the day to day work of these groups as they take place in the various churches and communities in Brazil. This particular gathering started with a story told by the motivator, Fabiane. This story is about a heart (made of foam or plush) that got hurt and covered itself with bubble plastic, but now it is in trouble because it can’t feel the people anymore, it can’t feel the bad things, but it can’t feel the people’s love either. At this moment the children can touch the heart that is wrapped in bubble plastic and tell their experiences. Importantly their own hearts need to know that they are not alone, that what had happened to them had happened to someone else too.  During this gathering it was possible to notice the strength that some children used to tear off the bubble plastic as if they really wanted to tear away those bubbles from their own hearts. After this Fabiane prayed with the children, talked with them and went for a snack before closing the gathering with a song.

During the meeting one of the kids, 6 years old Jorge, told his story. Jorge said that he had six siblings and that his mother went away leaving him and his siblings with their father. He said he believed that “the heart” must have been rejected by the mother and that is why it was wrapped in plastic. He then wept. Jorge is still a beneficiary of Blue Cross KIDS support group, which is helping him to overcome his pain. It is for children like Jorge that we, at the Blue Cross Brazil, do our work. Day by day. There are so many kids suffering from the dependence of their parents. As organization we therefore want to multiply our KIDS groups and expand them to new Brazilian states. We can do this with your help and we appreciate your support - Thank you!

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group discussions
group discussions

“When will we meet again?” asked Eduardo, a young boy who participated in his first KIDS Group meeting in Southern Brazil. According to Silvia dos Santos, the lead social worker, the children are hesitant at first and not willing to talk about their problems in the group however after initiating some of the activities specifically designed to work with youth, they begin to open up and talk about the feelings of shame, anger and embarrassment they feel because of their parents addiction. So many boys like Eduardo lack the presence of a father figure in their life, someone they can look up to and trust and follow by good example.

We are excited to report that the establishment of KIDS Support groups in Brazil is expanding, thanks to the donations collected from foundations in Switzerland and your generous contributions. We are also pleaseed to report that this project was chosen as the annual club charity for the American Women’s Club of Bern, which continues to raise funds for the groups at its regular fundraising activities.


Currently the main focus of the team in Southern Brazil is training of new team leaders, who can then form new groups for the care of children and their families. In order to ensure that the groups run smoothly and the leaders have the necessary tools to work with the children, Blue Cross Brazil has also developed a new training manual with practical exercises/examples to be used by the leaders in the daily group activities.


Due to the success of the newly created groups, the project coordinator has begun presenting the idea for the KIDS groups at various seminars and conferences, such as the National Congress of Sunday School Teachers, to sensitize the community on the requirements of working with children of alcohol and drug-dependent parents.


By the end of 2015, we expect to have trained 110 new group leaders, opened 22 new support groups in Southern Brazil.

Kisses for the coordinator!
Kisses for the coordinator!
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arts and crafts
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interactive activities
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Anne Babb
Bern, Bern Switzerland

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