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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

Because of the covid19 and the lockdown that followed, the Brazilian government decided the closure of our centre and all the other centres in the country. But our local collaborator, Father Hudson, assured us that all children are well. We do not have cases of covid19, nor serious situations for other diseases. Another serious situation, referred to the children who attended the school, where they received daily service in the morning and a meal at noon, with the current situation, many of them have a very serious family situation, where the possibility of eating has become difficult because many people have lost their jobs and are unable to support themselves and their family and pay their rent also.

This emergency affects a lot of families because the number of people infected refers to the people who could go to the hospital. And so, all people who live in favelas and do not have health coverage die in silence. Most of these people do not have a birth certificate.

The epidemic develops especially among the Indios who live far from the cities and hospitals and do not have the possibility to respect the measures to contrast the virus.

 We hope to be able to start activities again as soon as possible and to help children who continue to suffer abuse and violence in many forms

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We can proudly say that the project ended the year with excellent results. The project is currently helping 48 direct beneficiaries, children or teenagers who have been victims of abuse and are now part of a therapeuthic journey with us. If you consider that each family has other 4/5 kids, the project Little Butterflies is actually helping more than 120 kids in total!

This year we also had the luck of meeting with project manajer Hudson whom was so kind to meet all our volunteers and supporter of the project, during an event on October 18th in which he told us all about the project. During the same event we had the opportunity to look at a wonderfull photo exhibition with which our volunteers wanted to show the harsh reality of the kids victims of abuse. 

We thank all of you for your precious help! Together we can make the difference in many children’s life!

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This is a week of great excitement at Aleimar's headquarters in Italy! 

Hudson, the project manager of Little Butterflies, is finally coming to Italy!

We are all looking forward to meet him and let him update us on how the kids are doing. Moreover, this will be the occasion for Hudson to meet other project managers working on similar projects we have in Benin and Ethiopia (you can check Flowers in Bloom out right here).

We believe exchanging knowledge is a powerful way to understand difficult dynamics and to act in the best way possible, especially in the delicate case of kids victims of abuse. These wonderful children and teenagers deserve only the best, and we will always work hard to achieve this. 

The other exciting news is that on Friday 18th of October Aleimar is sponsoring an event entirely devoted to this project! Hudson will be a special guest and, together with our volunteer, he will talk about Little Butterflies. Moreover, a photo exhibition will display the harsh reality of the kids victims of abuse, as well as the tough work we do to help them overcome such horrible experiences. 

We have even a piece of art specifically made for this event. It is the painting of an amazing butterfly, ready to spread her wings and fly free in the sky. 

 

Regarding the situation in Brazil, the project is currently helping 48 direct beneficiaries, children or teenagers who have been victims of abuse and are now part of a therapeuthic journey with us. If you consider that each family has other 4/5 kids, the project Little Butterflies is actually helping more than 120 kids in total! 

But the kids victims of abuse in Brazil constitute a way higher number...

Think about the difference you can make with us! Together we can achieve many great goals, and those kids really need you and your help. 

Supporting Little Butterflies is very simple: just connect to https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/little-butterflies/ access the DONATE NOW area and make a donation. 

Thank you from the bottom of our heart! 

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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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ALEIMAR - Voluntary Organization

Location: Melzo - Italy
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Francesca Moratti
Melzo, Italy
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