The 6 Months Transformation Course of Healing and Empowerment

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That is correct: we created 4 Modules 13 classes 202 kids 69 volunteers. Here is the scoop: The statistics are the result of hard work and dedication. But we must first realize that abused and abandoned children have been traumatized by past events. A caretaker will also face a trust issue that must be overcome in the initial meetings. The transformation course is a step-by-step approach that carefully builds confidence in the child. This is done with Interactive Dynamic presentation that brings the children to talk. Maybe with ice breakers, design drawings or sharing dreams and wishes. We use body contouring in flip chart after registering sensations and thoughts after circular dance and relaxation .

In another class, the kids were divided into groups or tribes. To explore the land, the groups walked the trail and had a hands on ” exploration roadmap ” , in which they were instructed to fill out their perceptions based on the 5 senses of touch, smell, hearing , taste and sight. The Natural environment is used with composting projects and planting of seeds and small trees. Ecology issues are a reflection on what it is possible to take advantage of what we believe to be garbage ( food scraps , paper , grass ) ; and planting seeds. A  seed looks like a dream that must be watered and cared for.And so the children learn to care about something fragile and vulnerable.

During the Easter Holidays we created the Dynamics of Easter : that each child was took an Easter basket full of candy and surrendered it to a friend, saying the reason, until all had received something.

This dynamics of delivering the chocolates created affection and friendship between children and the need to be friendly and generous even when there is at times not such an affinity. 

The prime theme at Sitio IpeTajy is the co-existence and affinity for nature.

The children learn the importance of an organic garden were a volunteer biologist taught planting flower seeds, exploring the woods, construction of houses for birds with milk cartons. 

The children were encouraged to share their thoughts about how to take care of nature and also how to care for oneself and others. They had contact with farm animals such as horses, cow, goats and doggies.
Another trust exercise was the Sensory Trail adventure.  Our volunteers biologists conducted an sensory experience (blindfolded , all come away with tactile sensations , smell and taste from the elements of nature).

The kids shared with great excitement about this trust experience.

Several interactive dynamic games with no winner or loser taught the kids that the experience of living, that fear and sorrow has been replaced by confidence and collaboration.
This new level opened up the stage and we now could dig into the questions of daily life:

  • How is life in the shelter ?  

– What are the situations that bother you?

  • What do you think is positive at the shelter ? 

– How could it be otherwise ?
It was a time for participants to express their needs and anxieties regarding the restriction of privacy, freedom and physical space in the house . Even though it is beyond our power to offer concrete solutions , we promote a moment of listening to such content and facilitate adolescent dialogue with volunteer team members.

The final classes were dedicated to create good memories. We normally use photo murals made by three groups of children. It was quite interesting to observe the care and interest of the children in the handling of the photos ; demonstrating positive results in work ethic whereas at the beginning of the program it was quite difficult to get children involved in activities. We are also easing the meaning of goodbye , emphasizing all the good times we spent together, to recall of various activities. Children produced drawings and a mural was mounted in the shelter. The kids could play and take pictures with the dogs trained at the Sitio IpeTajy kennel.
During this day, the children asked a few times if they would return more to the site due to project completion . We explained that, even though TransFormation course has come to an end, we can make specific events and invite them back to meet other children. We believe that this concern reflects the bond created with both the volunteers, as with the environment of the site.

The final day was with Badi Assad, a famous local Brazilian singer with musical activities : singing, body percussion , improvisation.

A closing ceremony involved an exchange of rings as a covenant commitment to be together and support each other.

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