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

Dear Donor,

The 8th of January several hundred of Brazilians demonstrators have take the streets of Brasilia. The extreme right-wing protesters and supporters of the former president Jair Bolsonaro – defeated at the last elections of October 2022 by Luiz Ignacio Lula da Silva – have reached the palaces of power of the capital. Similarly to the assault to Capitol Hill in Washington happened on the 6th of January 2021, a crowd has broken down the security barriers of the presidential palace of Planalto and the palace Supreme Court and the Congress, vandalizing the offices.

The hope of the demonstrators was that the leaders of the armed forces decided to intervene to overturn what they believe to be a fraudulent election. The balance is of 46 wounded people, 6 of them seriously injured and hundreds of people have been arrested. Condemnations of the incident and statements of solidarity to the Brazilian institutions quickly arrived from the governments of several countries.

The day after, on the 9th of January, thousand of citizens have taken the streets in different cities of Brazil in order to demonstrate in favor of democracy. The biggest gatherings have taken place in San Paolo and in Pio de Janeiro, where the crowd has asked Bolsonaro to be arrested and taken to trial.

In this general situation that affects the security of the whole country, the activities of Aleimar’s local representative – the Archdiocese Psychological Support Service for Families (SAPFAM) of Manaus – are going on in favor of 60 vulnerable children. Unfortunately, our local partner Father Hudson reports that young girls are the main recipients of the project because they are more at risk of violence and abuse. Thanks to the project, they receive both physical as well as psychological support. Despite this difficult moment that the country is facing, your help is really fundamental because allow us to be close to a lot of children in need, giving them the hope for a better future.

Thank you!

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Dear Donor,

we are really grateful for your important help to our project “Little Butterflies” in the Amazon. Thanks to your support we want to contribute to the fight against sexual abuses and children and teenager trafficking in Manaus.

Covid emergency is still worrying in the Amazon, where infections are still increasing. Since July the Amazon has become again an orange zone that represents a moderate risk of transmissibility. Facial masks have become compulsory in some areas (like at schools and in public transports) in the state of Amazonas and they are recommended everywhere for the most fragile people. Some municipalities have started advertising campaigns that promote the acceleration of vaccination with the aim of avoiding hospitalizations and deaths.

Our local representatives report that, after the main period of emergency in which the psychological and social support has been delivered mainly online, from the 1st of September 2022 42 children and teenagers victim of abuse are cared in person and they are followed by experts (four psychologists and one social worker). All the consultations take place once a week for two hours and children take part in group therapy or individual meeting according to their needs. All the services of food delivery, transport and internet connection for the online consultations are still provided. Online consultations give indeed the possibility to reach even more children and teens that live in the forest and that can benefit from specialized psychological cares. This service developed by our local representatives is unique in the entire Amazon.

For this reason, your support is really fundamental!

Thank you   

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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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