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Little Butterflies

by GRUPPO ALEIMAR ONLUS
Little Butterflies
Little Butterflies
Little Butterflies
Little Butterflies
Little Butterflies
Little Butterflies
Little Butterflies

On 23th May Aleimar President Stefano Denti and some volunteers landed in Brazil and met the lovable children and their families involved in the Little Butterflies project at Manaus. How moving it was when Ilaria met for the first time ever the girl she had been supporting by SAD contributions! In a context characterized by urban slums and favelas seldom do these children feel loved and cared rather than abandoned and lost, so seeing a smile on their face is a big emotion. This trip has showed our volunteers that there’s always light at the end of the tunnel: thanks to your contributions to this project many children victims of abuses are finally feeling good and relieved.

Their families were proud of the scholastic results achieved by their babies!

Our volunteers distributed many back bags which an Italian basketball young team supported by the volunteer Valentina had donated to these Brazilian children.

At Manaus our volunteers also visited the ECAE institutional centres where children have the opportunity to undertake many fun activities in their free time from school. This is one of the most important activities Aleimar has been supporting in Brazil: it has helped to keep children away from the streets and dangers hidden in the slums they live in. Not only were the volunteers amazed by the energy these children put in playing sports and doing their homework, but also by the dedication and commitment of their educators!

In the end, our volunteers visited the Caritas centre where father Hudson and his team have been assisting “Little Butterflies” in their route to recovery, another relevant project sustained by Aleimar. Meeting and listening to the story of violence and tears of a young mum whose child had suffered from the same terrible experience left our volunteers with no words. This is only a example of how indispensable father Hudson’s psychological and emotional support is. The growing interest from local authorities in the project is a clear sign of its effectiveness: they are indeed willing to extend it to other urban areas!  

EMOTION! This is the word accompanying this monitoring trip to Brazil – These volunteers look forward to sharing with you all their experience and pictures in a event planned for the 18 October 2019 (TBC).

PS: Latest news: Padre Hudson, who’s now finishing a research at the Porto’s University about abuses and techniques for recovery, is going to visit us soon!

 Thank you for your awesome support! Nothing could have been possible without your generous and kind help – Manaus children, their families and educators are really grateful!

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After the great results of last year, the project has not stopped, but another group of 24 children and teenagers between 6 and 14 years, who have suffered violence, have started group psychological therapy and are receiving first  health, social and legal assistance. As foreseen by the program, some meetings were also held with the parents of the abused children: this involvement is fundamental for recovery and to prevent the violence from happening again. The support offered also makes it possible to improve the family bond in general and the life context not only of the young victims, but also of their brothers or sisters.
To facilitate the recovery process, the group witnessed the screening of a film aimed at overcoming the trauma suffered.
If the psycho-socio-health improvement of the children taken care of is the primary result, the ultimate goal is however to counter the phenomenon of violence against minors and reduce, year after year, the number of abused children. Precisely for this reason, also this year special attention will be paid to prevention and awareness-raising activities, with seminars, events and training sessions on the dramatic theme.
Confident of being able to improve our help in favor of this important project, we thank you for the contribution you give us every day and for the precious support received during the Little by Little campaign: in a few days we managed to raise almost $ 700!
Waiting to receive news from Flavio and Luciana, our Aleimar managers who will be leaving for Manaus next week, thank you very much from our little butterflies!

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We can proudly say that the project ended the year with excellent results. In the second half of 2018 30 children have been taken in charge by the program. Furthermore 55 workshops and 70 home visits were organized involving about 500 children and teenagers. To increase the effectiveness of the preventive actions, 50 meetings were held with the representatives of the protection network, which involved more than 1850 people. Furthermore, 2 training courses and 1 seminar for the operators of the protection network were organized, involving over 1000 people. Finally, different material for dissemination has been realized, especially brochures and DVDs with videos about sexual abuse prevention. We thank all of you for your precious help! Together we can make the difference in many children’s life!

The end of the year is approaching and the group of supported children are participating in the last meetings of the therapeutic path. After expressing emotions and memories and having identified the problem through drawing, music and some role-playing games, children are now supported by psychologists in the delicate phase of reprocessing and overcoming the trauma.
The therapy that is in fact followed is the Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy: the goal is to help the abused children to identify and modify the behaviors and distorted thoughts about themselves that derive from the traumatic event, teaching strategies to manage negative emotions and the sense self-guilt that often persists after suffering sexual violence.
This method, based on the group and on the collaboration between patient and therapist, has until now allowed to achieve excellent results. Just the effectiveness of this therapeutic technique was the subject of the meeting that our local contact person Father Hudson gave last September to the students of the Department of Psychology of the University of Padova.
It is not the first time that Hudson returns to Italy to talk about his experience in Brazil and to hold seminars on the importance of sensitizing the community to the widespread and dramatic phenomenon of child sexual violence. This is certainly not a problem present only in Brazil and it is necessary to take all possible measures to prevent abuse.
A special thanks goes to you that, thanks to your precious contribution, you allow us to support Father Hudson and all his staff in the difficult mission: to protect the smile and the life of children.

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Return to smile
Return to smile

The first semester of activity was concluded with excellent results: the supported children responded positively to the group therapeutic treatment aimed at reelaborating and overcoming the trauma, for a recovery of their psycho-physical integrity.
Despite the increase of number of assisted, the operators were able to follow all the children with high professionalism, often using the design and the game as therapeutic tools that help to express emotions and feelings and to promote cognitive and psychomotor development.
Recreational and recreational moments were also organized to help rediscover the serenity that all children have the right to have.
As anticipated at the beginning of the year, there have been numerous initiatives and awareness meetings both in schools and for the population and the institutions themselves. In order to these occasions, was created informative material  which, in a language also understandable to children and young people, wants to provide information on the various forms of sexual abuse and how to recognize the first signs of violence suffered in the behavior of the victims.The mechanism of guilt, shame and fear that in most cases is triggered in the psyche of abused children leads the latter to close in on themselves and not to denounce violence. For this reason it is necessary to provide tools to recognize the abuse and information on the legislation in force aimed at protecting the violated rights and punishing those who commit such obscene acts.

Waiting for the detailed report of our local referent Hudson over the first six months, we thank all those who believe in this important project and who will continue to support us in this hard battle.

art therapy
art therapy
information material
information material
Sensitization in the school
Sensitization in the school
Meeting with teachers and parents
Meeting with teachers and parents

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GRUPPO ALEIMAR ONLUS

Location: Melzo - Italy
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Project Leader:
Francesca Moratti
Melzo, Italy
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