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Aug 15, 2016 7:39 PM ET

Archived: RHOMBU, Committed to change the world through people, decided to implement awareness-raising sessions: Two changemakers committed to change the world through people, decided to implement awareness-raising sessions on Alcoholism in São Tomé

iCrowdNewswire - Aug 15, 2016


Two changemakers committed to change the world through people, decided to implement awareness-raising sessions on Alcoholism in São Tomé. A long journey lies ahead and, without your help, will not be the same. Thank you!

Created by changemakers Helena Portugal and Joana Gomes, under the Training Spirit ’16 promoted by the non-governmental organization WACT – We are Changing Together, the social project “Rhombu” [ “course” in Latin] aims to combat alcohol abuse in the communities of Guadalupe, Agostinho Neto and Morro Peixe (District Lobata, São Tomé e Príncipe).

São Tomé is the second country of PALOP (Portuguese-Speaking African Countries) with higher consumption of pure alcohol per capita. Taking into consideration the psychological, physical and socio-economic damage that alcohol abuse cause, and the early age of consumption by São Tomé e Príncipe population, Rhombu project will leave for São Tomé, on August 14, 2016, for 6 weeks, proposing to carry out Awareness  and Sensitization sessions on Alcoholism, for young people between 17 and 22 years old, in order to empower them to build solutions in this regard. Also in cooperation with Health Center professionals of Guadalupe, Rhombu will perform screening and interventions sessions regarding alcohol consumption.

The distribution of the Awareness Handbook for Alcoholism (“Manual de Sensibilização para o Alcoolismo”), previously elaborated in Portugal, will enable to continue the project, by encouraging health and education professionals and local NGOs to implement these practices. With this project, we hope to motivate  people of São Tomé to choose another rhombu. In order to the heavy alcohol consumption ceases to be a barrier in the rhombu of some people in São Tomé e Principe, let’s make the difference!


Helena Portugal and Joana Gomes are the social entrepreneurs, creators of Rhombu. Master’s students in Clinical Psychology and experienced in volunteer program with children and young people, namely in health promotion and community work (the latest specifically on individual and family counseling). Both changemakers have great interest in the prevention of risk behaviors and health promotion, taking into consideration that the harmful use of alcohol is a global problem, not only regarding health issues (causes 3.3 millions deaths per year and is related to about 200 diseases), but also on its social and economic consequences, on individuals in particular, and society in general. 


There’s a strong passion of passing knowledge through non-formal education aproaches, in a dynamic and appealing way. With both ambition of always expect the best and the will to move through a differentrhombu, these two changemakers aim to raise awareness regarding to some incorrect beliefs, among communities of São Tomé e Príncipe.


Until September 30, 2016, we need support for the following :

  • Travel expenses of the changemakers, to São Tomé;
  • Printing and binding of Awareness Handbook on Alcoholism (Manual de Sensibilização para o Alcoolismo);
  • Printing of questionnaires and flyers used in health centers;
  • Phonecalls;
  • Equipment for use during activities to be developed.

Note: In attached the estimated budget for each purpose.


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