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BLACKFROKIDS: help us to build up a primary school in Guinea-Bissau

We are fundraising to help vulnerable children in Guinea-Bissau to get a better education by providing a community school with the best possible conditions.

Please donate: https://gofund.me/d1e776b5

When a child doesn’t have access to a school, it impacts every facet of their life – from worldviews to life expectancy to likelihood of violence and prevalence of disease. A school is a spark which begins to shape it all.

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We believe that every child has the right to have access to education and no child should be forced to study outside, or in a dangerous environment. With access to a good education, children can escape poverty.

Many children have to choose between getting an education and being safe. Without classrooms, they are forced to study under trees, in all weather. They are exposed to the elements, distracted, and unable to learn and when it rains they have to cancel the lessons and mostly they get cold and wet.

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The project Nobalur aims to support and promote Guinea-Bissau in every sector, we’ve been helping many vulnerable people in the country since 2017 by using our influence online and in the society.

In partnership with BLACKFROKIDS, a project that aims to to help vulnerable children in Africa and represents diversity and equality through fashion and events, we are using our cartoon Super Hero KENDO BODHI – The Light of Africa, to guide the kids to a better future.

I remember the first time when I came to my motherland in 2017, when I saw the daily life condition of many people I realised I should do something to change it.

My mum lives in Antula, a place located in Bissau, when I came back in 2019 I have seen children going to school under a big tree, sitting down on wooden chairs, they usually call it “The chair school”, it was right opposite our house.

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I was astonished with the situation, and sad because they were my neighbours, my cousin who contributes to the school as a teacher, have been working with me for the last years on the project Nobalur, we always wanted to build up a school, but unfortunately we couldn’t find a place yet and didn’t have the capital to do it.

So I’ve spoken with my cousin about doing something for the children at the “chair school” but the condition were miserable, and we knew that before we could donate a pencil or a notebook we were sure we needed to have a safe place to begin with.

So we did what we could at the moment, in Collaboration with the members on the school we built up the little place to try to protect them from the rain and the sun until we had the chance to get more money.

Shared the CEO Pucurutcha Stella.

In 2020/21, 200 children benefited from the school, unfortunatly some of them gave up before the year ends, due to the lack of condition.

Actually we divided the space into 4 rooms, 6 teachers and lessons are given in the morning and in the afternoon.

Unfortunately there is no desks, boards. There’s no cantine neither bathroom for the kids, which turns difficult when they need to use the toilet, most of them goes home and leave the lesson.

We’re planing not just to build up the school, but to administrate the school and guarantee that we can support them in their progress in the future.

With only £30 you can pay a year fee for each child to attend the school, but we are certain that we firstly need to get them a safe environment to work in.

The model and businesswoman, Pucurutcha Stella, has launched the first makeup line in Guinea-Bissau.

The makeup line, which goes by the name BLACKFRODOLLS COSMETICS, is part of BLACKFRODOLLS ltd, a company that aims to promote African businesses and defends equality and diversity in Africa.

Pucurutcha Stella – Model, Businesswoman and Entrepreneur

The 27 year old entrepreneur, owner of Blackfrodolls and its sister company Nobalur, surprised her fans by being the first Guinean to create a makeup line in Guinea-Bissau.

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The products are Vegan, they are not tested on animals, they are not toxic, they are waterproof and long lasting and the packaging is fully recyclable.

Pucurutcha believes that there is a shortage of cosmetics for black skin worldwide, but mainly in the African continent, so the initial focus of the project is going to be around African countries.

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The first collection, K E N D O, pays homage to Stellas country of birth, the West African nation of Guinea-Bissau.

K E N D O is an expression used in Mandinga(African Dialect) which means; something good that has value, something positive.

It is also the traditional name given to the enterpreuneurs first born, Omar Bodhi Quijera Daro.

The businesswoman pretends to pay tribute to all African countries and she recognises that darker skin tones struggle to find the right type of foundation. To solve this issue in order to emphasise the importance of inclusion and to defend equality and diversity, she takes great care to provide a variety of 18 different tones.

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All products are verified by health professionally and aimed at the African market, all collections are available to purchase in bulk and some online.

The first collection is already in stock and available to purchase online. It is already being dristibuted in Guinea-Bissau, by BISSAU COSMÉTICOS and in some African countries.

What inspired you to start the brand?

In 2016, I went through an embarrassing situation when a girl that didn’t like me decided to post something with the intent to damage my image on social media. It was something along the lines that I should ‘start using foundation that matches my skin tone’.

Being only 23 years old at the time, I was really embarrassed but acted like I didn’t care. However, over a certain period of time, I realised that in actuality it was hard to find foundation that would match my skin tone.

About a year had passed since that whole situation and when I created the BLACKFRODOLLS project in 2017, my younger brother Francisco, suggested the creation of a cosmetics brand.

At the time I had just got started with the whole concept and was scared, due to experience, of potentially creating something harmful to people’s skin.

It was then that 3 years later in 2020 amidst the pandemic that I decided to study and research more on the subject. When I felt more secure in myself I decided to invest in the cosmetics area.

Where can we find your products?

However , we’re only supplying in Bulk, large quantities to African companies, and some in Europe, they can still purchase online by email, DM or WhatsApp.

The products are available at BISSAU COSMÉTICOS in Guinea-Bissau. As a way of fighting unemployment in Guinea-Bissau, Blackfrodolls started its first recruitment process for the SALES & MARKETING team.

Written by: Luísa Fernandes

Translated by: Francisco Quijera

José Manuel In-Uba , the doctor who works in Aveiro and helped to build up six schools in Guinea-Bissau | Nobalur

José Manuel In-Uba is 59 years old, he was born in the Oio region , the northern part of Guinea-Bissau.

He emigrated to Portugal over 20 years ago, but never forgot his country. José Manuel is a doctor who currently works in Aveiro and São João da Madeira.

Over the years he has helped his country build up six schools in the village where he was born, Bindoro.

In addition to helping in the construction and rehabilitation of school in the neighboring boards.

The Guinean doctor created in 2017 a foundation, thus seeking that his solidarity activity has an greater impact.

The foundation focuses on health and education.

In the begging of the currently year the Foundation José Manuel In-Uba went to Guinea-Bissau with Doctors and nurses from Aveiro and Famalicão in order to help and train general practitioners to perform surgery.

Eleven doctors and nurses from Aveiro and Famalicão hospitals ran a solidarity marathon in Guinea-Bissau: in 15 days they operated 200 people, most of them children, in Simão Mendes Hospital.

  The team took all the necessary surgical equipment and willingness. In addition to voluntary assistance , they gave a training course for local doctors and nurses.

Through his foundation , José also rised school supplies, clothes and toys. Recently he made the donation delivery in Guinea-Bissau and TVI shared a report.

Ministry of Public Health | Cervical Cancer Screening Campaign

From September 30 to October 4, 2019, the Ministry of Public Health conducts a cervical cancer screening campaign, taking place at the Health Centers of Bairro de Ajuda, Bairro Militar and the Maternal and Child Center.

Cervical cancer screening is a test to examine cervical (lower uterine) cells. 1500 women aged 18 to 35 will be covered.

The main cause of cervical cancer is the human papilloma virus (HPV).

Cervical cancer can be prevented if changes can be detected early, allowing cancer prevention before it begins. All women are at risk for cervical cancer.

Initial stages of cervical cancer show no signs or symptoms. Signs and side effects of further developed cervical cancer include:

Vaginal bleeding after intercourse

Abnormal vaginal discharge with foul odour

Pelvic pain during intercourse

Guinea-Bissau is celebrating the Breastfeeding Month from August 1-31, 2019 | Benefits

It’s never too early to start thinking about how you’re going to feed your baby. But you do not have to make up your mind until your baby is born.

World Breastfeeding Week 2019 was held August 1-7 under the motto “Empowering Mothers, Fostering Breastfeeding”.

In Guinea-Bissau, it was chosen to celebrate National Breastfeeding Month from August 1-31, 2019.

Thus , Empowering Mothers and Parents, Fostering Breastfeeding. In our country, breastfeeding tends to be exclusive until 6 months of age and extend until 2 years of age.The official launch of Breastfeeding Month took place in Bula, Cacheu Region, on August 10th.

Breastfeeding and making breast milk also has health benefits for women. The more they breastfeed, the greater the benefits.

The Benefits of Breastfeeding for women :

* your breast milk is perfectly designed for your baby

* breast milk protects your baby from infections and diseases

* breastfeeding provides health benefits for you

* breast milk is available for your baby whenever your baby needs it

* breastfeeding can build a strong emotional bond between you and your baby

* Breastfeeding lowers your risk of:

* breast cancer

* ovarian cancer

* osteoporosis (weak bones)

* cardiovascular disease

* obesity

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Formula milk does not provide the same protection from illness and does not give you any health benefits.

Health benefits of breastfeeding for your baby :

Breastfeeding has long-term benefits for your baby, lasting right into adulthood.

Any amount of breast milk has a positive effect. The longer you breastfeed, the longer the protection lasts and the greater the benefits.

Breastfeeding reduces your baby’s risk of:

* infections, with fewer visits to hospital as a result

* diarrhoea and vomiting, with fewer visits to hospital as a result

* sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS)

* childhood leukaemia

* obesity

* cardiovascular disease in adulthood

Giving nothing but breast milk is recommended for about the first 6 months (26 weeks) of your baby’s life.

After that, giving your baby breast milk alongside family foods for as long as you and your baby want will help them grow and develop healthily.

Breast milk adapts as your baby grows to meet your baby’s changing needs.