“Sempre à Mão”

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A World Needs encontra-se a desenvolver a iniciativa “Sempre à Mão”, com o objetivo de contactar pessoas idosas que se encontram mais isoladas das suas famílias. Com efeito, através do contributo dos voluntários, por via de chamadas telefónicas, pretende-se dar voz a todos aqueles que precisam de ser ouvid@s, contribuindo para o desenvolvimento de afetos e melhoria do bem estar emocional de todos os visados.

Toda esta iniciativa tem a ação e acompanhamento de profissionais, que irão garantir a proteção, segurança e o salutar desenrolar da atividade.

Por esta razão, se queres dar o teu contributo sem precisares de sair de casa, voluntaria-te a participar nesta iniciativa que ocupa pouco mais de 30 minutos por semana.

O que precisas de fazer:

1º Inscreve-te no formulário em baixo;
2º Aguarda o contacto por parte da equipa da World Needs;
3º Participa na ação de formação que será divulgada oportunamente;
4º Dá de ti ao outro com a tua ação de voluntariado;
5º Partilha o teu testemunho

As inscrições para esta iniciativa irão decorrer até ao dia 11 de junho de 2021, com limite de participantes.

Limpeza Costeira na Praia de São Jacinto

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No passado dia 22 de maio, a Associação World Needs promoveu uma ação de limpeza na Praia de São Jacinto, em Aveiro, que contou com a parceria da Junta de Freguesia de São Jacinto.

De forma a assinalar o Dia Europeu do Mar, celebrado anualmente a 20 de maio, a World Needs promoveu uma nova ação de limpeza costeira, com uma duração aproximada de 4 horas, que contou com a participação de 16 voluntários, os quais recolheram um total de 201 kg de lixo.

Das categorias mais comuns de lixo recolhido destaca-se o lixo pequeno abaixo de 2,5 cm, com especial ênfase nas centenas de pedaços de plástico recolhidos ao longo da iniciativa, as garrafas de bebida de plástico, materiais e equipamentos usados na pesca, como cordas e armadilhas, e ainda, pedaços de vidro. Tampas de garrafas de plástico e metal e embalagens de comida foram também alguns dos itens mais encontrados ao longo da extensão limpa na praia de S. Jacinto.

Com os plásticos a dominarem uma vez mais os resíduos encontrados nesta
iniciativa, a Associação World Needs destaca a urgência que existe em consciencializar as pessoas para o impacto que as ações de cada um têm no meio ambiente, para com o qual é imperativo ter mais respeito.

Porque proteger o meio ambiente é responsabilidade de todos.

Dia das Boas Ações

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No âmbito da comemoração do Dia das Boas Ações, neste mês de abril, a World Needs decidiu abraçar a iniciativa e desenvolver uma boa ação: enviar cartões de agradecimento aos profissionais de saúde. Esta ação foi desenvolvida com o apoio de professores e alunos de algumas escolas que, sensibilizadas com esta ideia, se juntaram à World Needs para levar a cabo tal tarefa. Concretizaram, assim, várias dezenas de cartões destinados a utentes que se encontram em internamento.

Uma das escolas participantes foi a Escola Visconde de Salreu – Agrupamento de Escolas de Estarreja. Os cartões criados pelas crianças desta escola foram reencaminhados para o IPO do Porto que, mal receberam as várias mensagens, decidiram criar um mural para que todos os seus utentes pudessem ver, ler e sentir o carinho e alento que as crianças quiseram transmitir.

Com esta iniciativa a World Needs pretendeu, não só demonstrar o seu apreço pelo esforço de todos os profissionais de saúde, como também criar alguma consciência cívica das crianças nas escolas. Tornou-se possível sensibilizar estes alunos para a existência de outras crianças ou adultos que, pelas circunstâncias do seu dia a dia, se encontram em situações mais vulneráveis.

feedback recebido por parte dos professores que realizaram esta atividade foi bastante positivo, uma vez que consideraram ser de extrema importância sensibilizar os seus alunos para o cuidado a ter para com o outro.

A World Needs considera que esta atividade foi uma mais valia para o enriquecimento pessoal de toda a equipa mas, também, das crianças que participaram nesta boa ação.

Deixamos o nosso agradecimento a todos os envolvidos, nomeadamente, à Escola Visconde de Salreu- Agrupamento de Escolas de Estarreja e  à Escola Conde Dias Garcia.

Este agradecimento é também extensível a todos os profissionais de saúde que continuam a dar o máximo de si para garantirem os cuidados de saúde das respetivas populações.   

A todos, o nosso muito obrigado!

Os velhos são sábios

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Esta pandemia veio provar que a forma de como o sistema lida com os idosos está desenquadrado da realidade e precisa urgentemente de soluções. Em todo o mundo.

Caso a humanidade não ganhe juízo na sua relação com o ambiente e os recursos naturais, as pandemias tornar-se-ão mais frequentes e, por essa razão, tendo em conta a forma de como se lida com os mais velhos, só nos faz temer pelo pior. No caso de Portugal, dois em cada cinco mortos residem em lares, representando 40% dos óbitos por Covid-19 só nesta resposta social.

Em todo o mundo, tem vindo a crescer um fenómeno que é o da discriminação em função da idade mais avançada, levando a desconsiderar os mais velhos, tratando-os como um peso morto da sociedade, em especial depois de abandonarem a vida ativa. Porém, em sociedades como o Norte da Europa, os mais velhos são considerados autênticos poços de sabedoria, fazendo recordar as cidades da antiguidade, onde estas eram dirigidas por um coletivo de anciãos capazes de guiar a comunidade.

Investigadores de todo o mundo afirmam que os mais velhos discriminados vivem, em média, menos sete a oito anos.

O abandono social dos mais velhos tornou-se ainda mais evidente. No caso dos lares, nem todos dispõem de médico, enfermeira, massagista, nutricionista ou de uma técnica que dinamize as muitas horas que os utentes ali passam. As aldeias, cada vez mais desertas, estão sós e à mercê de si mesmas e, se para cada um de nós a solidão é um problema, para os mais velhos é uma verdadeira doença.

A segurança social não tem flexibilidade e revela pouca imaginação para definir novas respostas sociais. É tal a carga burocrática que impossibilita o desenvolvimento de alternativas, encontrando as mesmas soluções para os mesmos problemas. Acontece, muitas vezes, a Segurança Social rejeitar apoio a projetos que lhe são apresentados, apenas porque não se enquadram nas valências já existentes mas, pasme-se, de seguida, que técnicas de serviço social contactam essas mesmas instituições a pedirem ajuda para encontrarem soluções por não terem respostas dentro do sistema.

E é este o Estado em que aqui chegamos.

Todos são válidos!

Delivery of goods to health professionals

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World Needs carried out an initiative aimed at providing support to health professionals who work directly with Covid patients. There are several professionals combating COVID-19, especially doctors, nurses and assistants who are directly at the forefront in the reception and treatment of patients. These elements have been tireless, continuing to be able to respond beyond their limits, under conditions of great stress, and beyond the lack of resources, such as the scarcity of personal protective equipment so often identified. 

World Needs recognizes and praises the role, effort and dedication of health professionals in combating the pandemic, and through the project on the social aspect of the association - Help to Help - carried out an initiative aimed at providing support to these professionals. The activity focused on the collection of food items, capable of reinforcing the pauses of the health professionals in question, with more than 480 items including cookies, cereal bars and nuts.

For the materialization of this initiative we had the support of Frutorra-Pimenta LDA., a company strongly recognized for the import, processing and distribution of appetizers, dried fruits and vegetables, and with the help of Pingo Doce, through a card gift previously offered to our association.

Our thanks to these two entities for all the support provided. 

And to all health professionals, thank you very much!

Toy Collection Initiative

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Underneath the constant goal of promoting timeless and intercultural solidarity, the World Needs Organization carried out, around December of 2020, a Toy Collection Campaign with the ultimate goal of supporting a group of children institutionalized and in situation of economic need.

Conscious of the reality these children go trough and aware of the disparities between them and the non-institutionalized, that are irrefutably more evident in the weeks leading up to the Christmas season, the desire to contribute to each of these children’s Christmas to become a happier one grew inside all of us.

This being said, the Toy Collection Campaign began with the creation an online donation base and to encourage solidarity among the youngest, contacts with several Primary Schools were also established, in order to place a box of collection in their facilities. 

Achieving much more than the initial expectations, this initiative enabled us to gather more than 600 toys, thus allowing us to distribute them to four of the many institutions previously identified: three of them in Murtosa and one in Esmoriz. The World Needs Organization, among all of those who donated and contributed in different ways to this cause, was able to support a total of around 140 children with more than 360 toys. 

Despite the current pandemic situation and State of Emergency recently declared, that conditioned the accomplishments of this campaign - leaving the distribution of the remaining 300 toys pending - we have already ascertained the delivery to a fifth institution, located in Aveiro. 

Built out of the success of this and other initiatives carried out by World Needs, we are left to thank the kindness of all the contributions that came our way, allowing us to keep believing that it is possible to turn dreams into some sort/level of reality. This is why we have no doubts that dreams are the ones that truly rule life,

“Whenever a man dreams,,

  The world bounces and moves forward
  Like colorful ball
  Among the hands of a child”

Diaphragmatic breathing: learn to deal with anxiety

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Jéssica Marques

Marisa Lima

Anxiety is one of the worst threats of this century, being responsible for many psychology interventions, all over the world. Taking this into account, it is important to remember that anxiety is not inherently bad, considering that, in moderate levels, may have a protective and adaptive function in people's lives. However, due to the increased tendency to exaggerate and overvalue daily concerns, mental health professional’s highlight this topic as a demanding concern in the community.

Anxiety can be described as an emotional experience, characterized by a restlessness state, that is accompanied by sensorial sensations. As matter of a fact, anxiety can be understood as a secondary emotion that develops from a diffuse and unspecified fear, that develops while facing a possible threat.

In 2020, the world pandemic of COVID-19 affected not only the physical wellbeing of people, but also the psychological one. This is largely reflected on the increased levels of fear and anxiety experienced by a large amount of people all over the world. All these facts show the importance of this topic for the global mental health and enhance the urge to solve this problem.

To promote the relief of these anxiety symptoms, often the diaphragmatic breathing is one of the techniques recommended, because it has, as a primary objective, relieving symptoms associated with the physiological component of anxiety. This technique aims not only to dissolve the association built between hyperexcitability and the concern felt by the person (Moura et al., 2018), but also to provide a wide sensation of tranquillity and well-being to the individual (Barlow, 2016, as cited in Lenhardtk & Calvetti, 2017).

In this sense, this technique is characterized as a learning process that includes the voluntary control of breathing while facing stressful situations. That way, the controlled breathing may provide an abstraction moment, where he can take control over his own body and achieve a higher state of relaxation (Barlow, 2016, as cited in Lenhardtk & Calvetti, 2017). Therefore, this technique promotes tension release, which consequently provides a widespread relaxation and a considerable reduction of anxiogenic feelings (Moura et al., 2018).

With this technique, the person is invited to lie on his back or sit comfortably, placing one hand on the abdominal area, just above the navel, and the other hand on the chest, allowing the person to pay attention and to identify the movements of inhaling and exhaling. Therefore, it is asked to breathe slowly, inhaling through the nose, while projecting your abdomen outward (filling the belly like a balloon) and counting to four. It is important to note that, on this whole exercise the main purpose is that the hand on the chest moves as little as possible. Then, the person must hold their breath for two seconds and then do the same path in a reversed way, relaxing the abdomen while exhaling through the mouth in a smooth way. This process can take approximately six seconds (Oliveira & Duarte, 2004, as cited in Wilhelm, 2015; Neto, 1998, as cited in Wilhelm, 2015). As we have seen, this movement consists in voluntarily expanding and contracting the abdominal region (Dias et al., 2015). 

However, this strategy implies systematic training so that there is a correct execution, enabling a better ventilation while facing an anxiogenic situation. In addition, it is suggested to perform it in a quiet environment, without any noise or bright lights. It is also recommended that, in the beginning, people start laying down (in an horizontal position) because it is a simpler position to control diaphragmatic movements, due to the lower pressure exerted. (Hough, 2001, as cited in Dias et al., 2015). With the recurrent use of this strategy, it is expected that the person will acquire the necessary skills to be able to execute it individually in any type of environment, context or time of the day, allowing the person to abstract from any internal and external anxiogenic stimulus.

The diaphragmatic breathing technique is considered the ground technique for relaxation, as it contributes to fight anxiety, through the movements of inhaling and exhaling the air. However, this strategy is not alone and can be complemented with other relaxation techniques. This way, people can also rely on meditative practices or creative activities (such as painting and music) to control some anxiolytic symptoms. Having all this into account, and because we are idiosyncratic human beings, it can be advantageous to explore multiple relaxation techniques, to discover the strategies that best suit each one of us. 

Finally, it is important to remember that anxiety does not have to be lived in solitude. Therefore, whenever anxiety becomes an obstacle to your well-being, do not hesitate in seeking psychological help. 

Lines of Psychological Help in Portugal:

SOS Voz Amiga – 213 544 545 / 912 802 669 

SNS 24 – 808 24 24 24 (extensão 4) 

Administração Regional de Saúde do Norte – 220 411 200

Fundação São João de Deus – 924 101 462

 

Bibliography

Dias, J. M. M., Monteiro, M. J. P. & Rainho, M. C. (2015). Gestão de Stresse: Técnicas de Respiração e Relaxamento e Gestão do Tempo. Revista Eletrónica de Educação e Psicologia, 6, 71 -81. 

Lenhardtk, G. & Calvetti, P. Ü. (2017). Quando a ansiedade vira doença? Como tratar transtornos ansiosos sob a perspectiva cognitivo-comportamental. Aletheia, 50(1-2), 111-122.

Moura, I. M., Rocha, V. H. C., Bergamin, G. B., Samuelsson, E., Joner, C., Schneider, L. F. & Menz, P. R. (2018). A terapia cognitivo-comportamental no tratamento do transtorno de ansiedade generalizada. FAEMA, 9(1), 423-441.

Willhelm, A. R., Andretta, I. & Ungaretti, M. S. (2015). Importância das técnicas de relaxamento na terapia cognitiva para ansiedade. Contextos Clínicos, 8(1), 79-86.

Again!? The reality of another lockdown in Portugal

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2021 is being sort of 2020 but squared. The numbers for cases of COVID-19 are alarming and, throughout the country, hospitals have serious difficulties in responding to the thousands of cases that are admitted daily to the emergency services.

We are beginning to lack the strength and perseverance to carry on this fateful struggle that haunts the whole world. The recent decisions made by our authorities have done little to crush the epidemiological curve in Portugal, preventing the emergence of new positive cases.

There is no point in discrediting science, pointing the blame at certain decision-making subjects or making value judgments that, if we were to decide, the results would be much better.

There is no point in continuing to launch the rhetoric that only happens to others and that we, the healthy ones can never be affected by such a thing. It is not worth saying that it is only a regular flu, that it is all a fraud that they are promoting all over the world, or that it is a massive attempt to control people through technological nanoparticles that are placed in the body via vaccination. There is no point in launching the debate that this is an excuse to exhaust all services and health sectors, prioritizing this pandemic, discrediting everything else that also deserves attention and dedication. Right now, it is not worth wanting to be smarter than the rest of humanity, simply because we are tired of hearing the same subject every day and, for almost a year now, we have been deprived of doing the simplest and most basic things that we love so much.

It is important to remember that virtually all sectors were affected.
Especially the economical sector, which has its hands tied in the face of all this. Many companies are failing to survive and, as a result, thousands of people across the country lose their jobs, starting to accumulate difficulties to face their commitments. This is the result of an unprecedented very tough economic and
ocial crisis that is creating damage that is difficult to repair.

Contrary to March 2020, there is a light at the end of the tunnel - the long-awaited vaccine - that we aim to reach as soon as possible. But until that happens, we have to ensure that the protection measures are followed, no matter how much it costs us. And we must do this, not only from a personal point of view, but out of respect for the other.

Let us realize that it is our total responsibility to assume a role of alertness, vigilance and protection for the good of all, as a true sense of mission. It is a general duty and not just some, because this evil does not choose creeds, colors or ideologies.

Initiative to support homeless people

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On December 22, 2020, World Needs concluded a Christmas initiative with the collaboration of an Association to support homeless people in Porto.

After contacting several institutions associated with this cause, we received a positive answer, which aimed at providing a symbolic “gift” to its users. World Needs readily accepted the challenge, and started yet another activity that would culminate in the success desired by everyone.

We started by defining that the “gift” that we would give would be something useful and in accordance with the needs of the 97 users of this Association. In this way we decided what winter material could meet what we needed and started contacting textile companies that could help us in the supply and distribution of winter clothes.

It is in this sense that SIGNA Design appears, to whom we thank in advance for the availability shown since the beginning. Together we proceeded to order 100 winter kits composed each by a hat, scarf and gloves.

In this context, it is important to mention the essential support of CIVILRIA, through monetary sponsorship, without which it would not have been possible to acquire the material.

In addition to the winter kits mentioned above, we also had the opportunity to join forces to provide support also through food. In this chapter we counted on the precious collaboration of PANEGARA, which provided 84 boxes of wheat-based products, as well as the MINA DA ESTAÇÃO pastry shop in São João da Madeira, which made available a wide variety of cakes and sweets.

So, with everyone's help, we hope to have contributed to sweeten and warm up the Christmas of those who need it the most.

Thank you, Pingo Doce!

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Pingo Doce, through it's Social Responsibility Department, partnered with World Needsin support of the HelptoHelp Project, offering us a gift card that allowed us to carry yet another initiative in it's behalf.
 
Today, early in the morning, we purchased hygiene goods, such as tampons, sanitary towels and shampoos that will help nearly 50 institutionalized children and youngsters.
 
We can make the difference together, today and always.
 
It feels good to help!
Thank you, Pingo Doce! ❤️