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Brazil

Since 2002, fifteen Forjando Liderazgo events have been conducted in Brazil, impacting an estimated 3,265 participants and their communities. Because of its sheer size and almost 200 million person population, Brazil is practically a continent in and of itself. Several Forjando Liderazgo seminars were conducted throughout Brazil in cities such as Rio de Janeiro, Buzios, Cabo Frio, Fortaleza and Friburgo. A direct outcome of these seminars was that in Friburgo, under the leadership of DPNA/RIPRED member Salomao Bernstein, many new drug demand reduction initiatives were started under the umbrella of Girasol. In the city of Nova Friburgo, an event entitled “I ENTREDES – Encontro Regional Sobre Drogas e Responsabilidade Social” was held in June 2004, and DPNA/RIPRED was invited to present the Forjando Liderazgo curriculum in conjunction with this event. There were more than 800 participants in attendance from 12 different cities in the region, and all 12 mayors of the participating cities also attended.

The Rotary Clubs of Rio de Janeiro and Centro Federal de Educação Tecnológica (Federal Centers of Technological Education) have also collaborated with DPNA/RIPRED using the Forjando Liderazgo curriculum. Former Brazilian Congressman and the International Coordinator on Drug Prevention for the Rotary Clubs Carlos Dias worked as the local coordinator on these efforts. Many political authorities in Rio de Janeiro are well aware of the work being done by DPNA/RIPRED through Forjando Liderazgo, and because of the contacts and allies established in the city, young leaders working with the most impoverished areas of the city have been disseminating the Forjando Liderazgo materials. This work has been solidified as part of the official drug prevention strategy of the city. These materials are also being disseminated by religious leaders of diverse denominations working in these areas of greatest vulnerability to the scourge of drugs.
Under the leadership of Roberto Araujo, many DeMolay youth leaders in Fortaleza (in the Northern part of Brazil) have been exposed to Forjando Liderazgo curriculum and training. DeMolay International is an organization “dedicated to preparing young men to lead successful, happy, and productive lives…(by developing the civic awareness, personal responsibility and leadership skills)” and it has a strong presence in Brazil amongst youth ages 12 to 21. It should also be noted that Councilwoman Silvia Pontes and Marcia Passareles are two community leaders that have worked closely with DPNA/RIPRED and have promoted a concept that is very effective in the region, “Prevention through Sports.” They have also given out Forjando Liderazgo materials at massive community gatherings. The events conducted throughout Brazil are as follows:

• A Forjando Liderazgo event was held for approximately 150 participants in Volta Redonda, Brazil on November 20, 2002.

• A Forjando Liderazgo event was held for approximately 50 participants in Nova Friburgo, Brazil on March 18, 2003.

• A Forjando Liderazgo event was held for approximately 50 participants in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on July 10-11, 2003.

• A Forjando Liderazgo event was held for approximately 200 participants in Volta Redonda, Brazil on August 27, 2003 (2 events).

• A Forjando Liderazgo event was held in conjunction with “Conference for the CHAI Group – ARI”, for approximately 150 participants in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on January 7, 2004.

• A Forjando Liderazgo event was held for approximately 300 women of the WIZO Organization in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on March 24, 2004.

• A presentation about drug-related issues was given for 30 journalists of O Globo in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on May 3, 2004.

• A Forjando Liderazgo event was held in the city of Nova Friburgo, Brazil on June 17 and 18, 2004 in conjunction with “I ENREDES – Encontro Regional Sobre Drogas e Responsabilidade Social,” a larger, well-established conference. There were 800 participants.

• A Forjando Liderazgo event was held for approximately 500 participants of the Rotary Clubs of Rio de Janeiro and Centro Federal de Educação Tecnológica (CEFET) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on June 19, 2004.

• A Forjando Liderazgo event was held for approximately 120 participants in Carmo, Brazil on July 22, 2005. Local partner was the NGO FAROL.

• A Forjando Liderazgo event was held for approximately 250 participants in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on September 12, 2005. This event was organized by the School of Magistrates.

• A Forjando Liderazgo event was held for approximately 45 participants in Buzios, Brazil on September 16-17, 2006 in partnership with the NGO SURGIR.

• A Forjando Liderazgo event was held for approximately 80 participants in Cabo Frio, Brazil on March 24, 2007. As a result of this event, a commission of leaders was formed to work towards transforming Cabo Frio into a Preventive City.

• A Forjando Liderazgo event was held in conjunction with Farol de Democracia for approximately 230 participants in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in April 2007 (2 events).

• A Forjando Liderazgo event was held for approximately 310 youth in Fortaleza Ceara, Brazil on July 20-22, 2007. This event was held in conjunction with the Order DeMolay’s XIV National Conference of the Order DeMolay (young future Masonic leaders).

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