Mar 10, 2020

Celebrating women and girls who are breaking cycles of trauma and violence

Teacher Lydia supports a student & her grandmother
Teacher Lydia supports a student & her grandmother

"Rose" is a primary student in the 6th grade who lives in a small village in southwestern Uganda.

Since, October last year, Teacher Lydia - a primary school teacher who attended our trauma healing workshop two years ago, through our collaboration with local partner, Nyaka - has been visiting Rose's school to educate the students and teachers about cycles of trauma and violence, and how to support each other to heal.

She's also visits the homes of students and families in need of deeper support, like Rose. 

Here is Rose's story:

"[Before] I had not yet learned about trauma, my actions and thoughts were quite different from those after learning about it. Then, I would react very fast... and negatively... 

Trauma healing has helped me to know how to control my stress by resourcing. This has helped me to improve on my academic performance and being open to my teachers and guardian... It has also helped me to give respect to old people and never to underlook those under my age.

I stay with my grandmother who used to abuse me whenever she is drunk, saying that she has no hope in me... this made me think of dropping out of school. But when the trauma healing team from Nyaka visited us at my home, my grandmother was counseled.

Since then, she has become my friend.  Also, I promised to remain in school.

I request that the trauma healing program be extended to other classes, especially where there are teenagers."

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This International Women's Day, we're celebrating Rose and her grandmother, and all the other women and girls who will be the first in their families to break cycles of trauma and violence. 

And we're celebrating YOU.  Because your support creates a ripple effect that empowers superstar Healing Advocates like Teacher Lydia, with knowledge and skills to impact others - like the 839 students, teachers, and caregivers whose healing journeys she is empowering, too.

With gratitude - from our hearts to yours,
Gratitude Alliance

 

 

Teacher Lydia educates students about healing
Teacher Lydia educates students about healing
Students learn to support each other to heal
Students learn to support each other to heal
Mar 10, 2020

How one person can create a ripple of change

Meet Suresh...
Meet Suresh...

Meet Suresh. 

I first met Suresh in 2015, when he attended our trauma healing workshop as a school teacher in Nepal. 


Today, Suresh serves as the country manager of Gratitude Alliance Nepal.

Here is his story, as only he can tell it.

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Namaste! 

I am Suresh from the Himalayan country Nepal.

I have survived a traumatic childhood, multiple experiences of sexual abuse, poverty, malnutrition, disease, and bullying because of my skin color.

I was less compassionate and less kind. I rarely used to cry. I was hurting myself and hurting people close to me.

Eventually, I opened a school to help many children… but I could not find peace because I still had to make peace with my past.

Then in 2015, I got this amazing trauma healing training from Gratitude Alliance, which 
completely shook my being, and my perspective towards life was changed. For the first time in life, I began to find the keys to happiness for myself, I became mindful of my life, and I truly started to feel myself.

I also became a youth mentor of Gratitude Alliance’s Life Skills & Leadership Program. The students are now more empathetic, they know how to heal their sad emotions, they share their stories, they listen to each other, and they act with love. 


The program also grew in me. I am now more compassionate, I can feel the pain and happiness of others, I know what I am feeling and why, and what I need to do to make myself happy, so I can help others too.

I want to bring this training to communities all over Nepal, to help children, leaders, adults, parents, and each and every person to be a better person. To find healing and to stop abuse, like I experienced as a young boy.

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Suresh recently shared his story as a survivor of sexual abuse on Facebook - a profoundly courageous move to break the stigma of trauma in his country.

He’s starting a Nepali podcast to share stories of healing. And, he’s now teaching leaders all over the country to heal themselves and their communities.

Suresh is living proof that it only takes one person to spark a ripple of healing for thousands of survivors.

Because when you invest in revolutionary leaders like Suresh, you're helping to heal cycles of trauma and harm for hundreds of leaders like him, who impact thousands of survivors in their communities.

Thank you for your generosity, support, and advocacy for survivors.

With gratitude,
Gratitude Alliance

 

Suresh as a young boy
Suresh as a young boy
Suresh as a healing mentor to students
Suresh as a healing mentor to students
Suresh as a healing advocate for trauma survivors
Suresh as a healing advocate for trauma survivors
Dec 2, 2019

Healing for survivors of trafficking and sexual exploitation in Nepal

It took 2 years and a village to support our partner Raksha Nepal - an organization that rescues and rehabilitates survivors of sexual exploitation and trafficking - with mental health and healing training for their team of 30 staff and caregivers, including women who have graduated from their programs and are now serving as leaders for other survivors like them.

"This type of training they [are] getting for the first time in their lives," said Raksha founder, Menuka Thapa. "The workshop was so effective. We need more trainings like this... more, more, more!"

Not only are there few mental health practitioners in Nepal, but those who are affordable often take a medication-only approach to treating symptoms, never addressing the underlying trauma or establishing the trusted relationships needed for healing.

With their newfound knowledge and skills, the staff at Raksha - regardless of their role or educational background - can now serve as Healing Advocates for the thousands of survivors across Nepal that they are supporting to rehabilitate and heal.

Stay tuned for more updates from our team in Nepal. And in the meantime, we send our deepest gratitude to you.

From our hearts to yours,
Gratitude Alliance

 

*** Please note: we are unable to share stories of survivors supported by Raksha Nepal in order to protect their right to privacy ***

 
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