In Nova Friburgo Formacao de Liderancas
played a key role
for the future Friburgo as a Preventive City regarding drug demand
Participants: The 42
participants of the training were from important and meaningful
strata of Friburgo's population: Community leaders, law enforcement
officials (from the Brazilian DARE program which is called PROERD),
people from the Mayors Office, either the heads or the directors of
the Municipal Health,Labor and Education Departments. People from
the Judiciary, from many NGO's who deal with drug issues, etc.
Mina Seinfeld de CARAKUSHANSKY presented information on RIPRED and
on sound drug policy.
Guillermo Fernandez on building
coalitions for drug demand reduction in a city as Nova Friburgo.
Former Congressman and now President of
the Institute Vida e Familia, Carlos Dias, made a presentation on
the importance of Values for not using drugs.
Neusa Jordao, the Councilwoman from
Volta Redonda (which is the first Preventive City in Brazil) showed
how their city started and how they are planning to continue building
a Preventive City.
One of the stars of the event was Dr.
Blanca Rizzo (from Argentina) who is a specialist on Resilience. She
showed how resilience is so very important not only for individuals
but also for organizations and communities who want their cities to
be preventative cities regarding the use of drugs.
Some of the
participants expressed publicly
that this had been the best training they had had in all their life.
It was dense, objective, technical with
a bit of humanity and feelings. At the closure Dr. Salomao, who has
a beautiful voice, sang a song which relates to all what we do in
life to make it a better place for all.
Nova Friburgo was
settled by a hundred Swiss immigrant families from the canton of
Friburg in 1818. They introduced the first Sauna to Brazil. There is
also a Germanic influence and this is particularly evident in the
architecture of the Conego area of this attractive town of 90,000