This is Teacher Lydia. As a 6th grade teacher at Nyaka Primary School, she educates children orphaned by HIV/AIDS in a community in southwest Uganda that has also been impacted by sexual violence.
Thanks to your support, Lydia attended our 3-day trauma healing workshop last year.
The workshop was so impactful that she immediately started teaching her students what she learned.
When we returned this year, Teacher Lydia's students already knew how to express how they were feeling and how to apply skills like deep breathing, play, and exercise to "resource" themselves when they are sad, angry, worried, or stressed.
She also started a healing club for girls - so they could build supportive connection with each other, and activate the community to stop gender based violence.
And now, Teacher Lydia is on a mission to spread healing to others in her community. In the last month alone, she's taught mental health and healing skills to students and teachers at 4 local primary schools, and will teach at another 5 schools this year. She's also doing home visits to students and community members who need deeper, one-on-one support.
And she's just getting started.
Breaking cycles of harm starts with prevention - with supporting kids who are impacted by trauma to heal their wounds before they transfer them to others.
So Lydia isn't just supporting hundreds of students today - she is impacting thousands of lives in the future.
It only takes one person to spark a ripple of change for an entire community.
Thank you for being that spark.
Wtih gratitude - from our hearts to yours,
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