Little Butterflies: supporting abused kids, Brazil

by ALEIMAR - Voluntary Organization
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Little Butterflies: supporting abused kids, Brazil
Little Butterflies: supporting abused kids, Brazil
Little Butterflies: supporting abused kids, Brazil
Little Butterflies: supporting abused kids, Brazil
Little Butterflies: supporting abused kids, Brazil
Little Butterflies: supporting abused kids, Brazil
Little Butterflies: supporting abused kids, Brazil
Little Butterflies: supporting abused kids, Brazil
Little Butterflies: supporting abused kids, Brazil

Since the beginning of the pandemic, in Brazil there have been 30.617.786 confirmed cases and 664.516 deaths. It must be considered that Brazil is a country with several economic and social problems that have increased during these past years by coronavirus’s spread. It seems that February 2022 was the month with the highest average cases while the highest number of deaths have been reached in April 2021. Coronavirus had a huge impact on children life, even more for those who live in challenging conditions. The educational poverty level is still expected to raise and this harsh reality will affect the poor one. Our aim is to protect the most vulnerable people by providing social assistance, health support and education access.

 In 2021, thanks to our donors we were able to support our little butterflies despite all the difficulties that we had to face. During 2021 we helped 47 children by offering them individual special assistance 2 hours a week. We also helped 20 families by providing them basic needs as for example food and care products. Nowadays in the center there are 42 children and guys who are receiving assistance. Many more need your help!

We ardently hope to keep supporting in the future Father Hudson, who manages the centers, in his project idea of launching three new headquarters in order to help more children victims of sexual abuse in Manaus by providing them legal, health and psychological support.

 Give a small contribution to our children and you’ll make the difference in their life! Thanks to your support we will be able to reach moreover children who suffer for sexual abuse trauma.

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Nowadays the COVID situation in Brazil is still worrying. The number of deaths due to the infectious disease caused by the most recently COVID variant has reached the highest rate since the beginning. For this reason, several mass graves in the country have been built. The World Health Organization reports that “in Brazil from 3 January 2020 to 11 January 2022 there have been 22.523.907 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 619.981 deaths” [data from WHO website]. The virus spread has aggravated the economic and social condition of the country: water and food accessibility, the increase of transport bills have become a real problem for families. Moreover, an increase of anxiety attacks, depression and self-harm episodes by cutting their arms have been noted due to the practice of social distancing and self-quarantine. Within this context our project is so necessary.

We need your help to contain COVID pandemic side effects on our children. During 2021 our project Little Butterflies meant for children who have suffered sexual abuse was carried on remotely through Googlemeet platform until the second half of the year when several children, who has been identified by our specialists as more vulnerable, have continued face to face care and therapy.

Through art and music laboratories our local referents and specialists work on children sexual abuse trauma.

So once again, we would remind you the importance of our project for children and teenagers who have been victims of sexual abuse. Thanks to your support we’ll able to keep providing to our children proper care and the attention that they need. Together we can make the difference! 

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In the first half of 2021 (as well as for the whole of 2020 starting from April), the assistance of children and adolescents who have suffered sexual abuse was carried out remotely (online - via internet) through the GoogleMeet platform. Each child's family received credit help for their phone so that they could access the Internet. The challenges were numerous, considering that having privacy spaces for children / teenagers to listen to in their small homes was almost impossible. However, respecting the conditions of the families, we tried to adapt a listening and care protocol that would favor our therapeutic work. Due to the need for continuity and more personalized attention, several children / teenagers (between 10 and 12 years old) have continued face-to-face care for this second half of 2021.

We are already back with face-to-face care considering that at the moment the number of Covid-19 cases is under control. Schools have also returned to lectures. We are serving a new group of 26 children and adolescents, of these, only 1 boy. As a result of the pandemic, mental health problems have tripled and around 90% of sexually abused children and adolescents in this group have already thought about and attempted to commit suicide. Many of them show symptoms of anxiety attacks, depression and self-harm by cutting their arms. We have an audience of children and adolescents who suffer the most in care, which is why we have chosen to serve fewer children this semester.

“Cáritas Arquidiocesana” has hired a lawyer to better guide and monitor cases in court, since many are not followed up, creating a feeling of injustice and helplessness for the victims. We have highlighted the cases considered to be the most emblematic and difficult, where the conditions of vulnerability of children and adolescents are greater and the risks to life and continuity of sexual abuse occur, it is very real. We have chosen to pay attention to 16 cases followed in court, in the last three years of treatment, but we do not neglect the follow-up of others

We are facing many economic difficulties due to the sad political-social-economic reality that Brazil is experiencing. Inflation has reached alarming rates, as have water, electricity, gas, food and transport bills. Unemployment has reached 15%, although other experts say the number is higher. To carry out the Project we already have difficulties in contributing with the psychologists' check, in buying food (snacks for the children), in helping to transport families who cannot even afford buses. Despite this, with some of the resources still in 2020, we were able to do some repairs in the nursing room for children / teenagers, as termites and other insects have infested the walls causing us damage and requiring repairs in the space.

We would like to thank you once again for your attention, for your help, for strengthening our cause, which is so necessary.

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Brazil reached in April the highest Covid-19 death rate since the beginning of the pandemic in the country. According to the National Council of Health Secretaries (Conass), which registers data of the last seven days, the average of deaths by Covid-19 has been more than 3000. Brazil is confirmed to be the third country with the highest number of victims (after India and USA) according to a Johns Hopkins University’s survey. Oswaldo Cruz Fundation (Fiocruz) spread a new bulletin in which shows that the pandemic should remain at critical levels also for the month of May. Last analysis show that the virus and its 92 variants remain in circulation with much intensity throughout the country. Up to now, according to World Health Organization data, the total number of victims counts more than 406.000 people.

In the Amazon this situation has been worsened by the “Brazilian variant” founded in Manaus. The lack of oxygen and a Central State not ready to face this emergency are just some reasons that pushed the governor Willson Lima to ask for help to other States and to the Ministry of Health in order to transfer many patients from Manaus and to receive proper care.

The vaccination campaign began in January and during the first phase the doses have been destinated to the most fragile people (old people and people with mental or physical disability). However, the campaign is still too slow and there are not enough doses (just 9.2% of the whole population).

To suffer the most from this pandemic are the poorest families in which parents are without a job and are not protected by the State. There are families that can provide just one meal a day to their children. Moreover, during this period food prices have risen (also staple foods like beans, rice, flour, chicken) and also products for the personal hygiene have become more expensive.

Some children supported by the project are under quarantine, but in general their conditions are under control.  We have to thank you if Aleimar and our local referents always work to provide them food, health, psychological and legal support!

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The government of Brazil, after the rise of the new wave of Coronavirus, has again imposed various restrictions on some places in our city. The number of people infected remains high, in the State of Amazonas there are more than 160 thousand people infected, while in the Capital the situation is much more serious. Here the number of infections has increased by 65% and the situation of intensive therapies is increasingly critical, in fact hospitals are full and there are no beds.
The pandemic situation also affects our families, bringing job shortages and new difficulties in dealing with everyday life and everyday life.
We continue to support them in their path by adapting our ways of help.
We started to assist families in a virtual way and the group met to plan the actions to be carried out during social isolation. For example:
a) Telephone contact with families accompanied to listen to the emergency and to understand their vulnerabilities, emotional, financial and psychosocial needs.
b) Coordination to deliver food "Basic Baskets" to the needy;
c) Postponements and psychological interventions to alleviate the suffering of families in need.
d) Association with the "State University of Amazonas - UEA; Foundation Oswaldo Cruz - Fiocruz; Amazonas State Department of Health - SUSAM; Regional Council of Psychology CRP -20, for psychological assistance to the population affected by the Covid pandemic -19; Finally, we would like to tell you that it was done by phone, the "Monitoring of children" in the school path to see if everything is okay.

A special thanks goes to you who support us, with the hope of a better year for everyone!

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ALEIMAR - Voluntary Organization

Location: Melzo - Italy
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Ilaria Ventura
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