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DPNA/DFAF Forging Leadership Workshops


NOVA FRIBURGO, BRAZIL
March 18, 2003

Local Partner:  Fundacion Girasol, headed by Dr. Salomao Bernstein.

In Nova Friburgo Formacao de Liderancas played a key role
for the future Friburgo as a Preventive City regarding drug demand reduction. 

 

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.


Presenters:

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.

Feedback:  

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.

About Nova Friburgo

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 people.