Prepping for Trauma Healing class in school
COVID-19 in Uganda
COVID-19 has indeed impacted every corner of the globe - and Uganda is no exception.
The Ugandan government initially implemented one of the strictest lockdowns in Africa to help curb the spread of the virus. As of July 20th, the Health Ministry has reported just over 1,000 cases of COVID-19 (with a population of nearly 43 million) and zero deaths so far.
The government has since loosened some restrictions, but many still remain. Though local schools remain closed, our partner, Nyaka, has been working hard to support its communities by distributing educational materials and soap to students, establishing hand washing stations, distributing masks and food rations, and supporting 65 survivors of sexual and gender based violence since the lockdown began.
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Trauma Healing Project: Status Update
With a rise in gender based violence reported by grassroots organizations in Uganda, along with the mental health crisis fueled by shelter-in-place, loss of employment, and the disruption of social gatherings which are critical to the emotional wellbeing of the community, there is no shortage of need for mental health support.
While our trauma healing school education program has temporarily paused due to shelter-in-place, your continued support will ensure that we can restart without further disruption once schools safely reopen.
Your support will also help us innovate on training delivery, exploring video-based mental health education to broaden our reach and train more grandmothers, as Nyaka's granny program has doubled in size over the last several years, growing to over 15,000 grandmothers who support over 60,000 orphans in the region.
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Ripple Effect of Your Support
We recently received a heartwarming message from Phillip, a local faith leader who attended our trauma healing workshop two years ago. Phillip wrote us to share how he has been training parents, caregivers, and children in the community about trauma and healing, while also providing one-on-one counseling.
One survivor, in particular, recently lost her father to violence. "The girl failed to cope with the situation. She would perform poorly in class, alway beat up people who wanted to come close to her, and she had no friends," Phillip explained.
"My first approach was to create rapport." Creating trust and emotional safety is a key concept taught in our workshops.
"Later we talked together and she explained what she was going through. She let her feelings out through crying and narrating the story... I helped her and she is now improving. She talks to everyone now but I am her great confidante. I am really helping by the knowledge you instilled in me. Thank you so much."
Thank you for investing in community-led healing! Your support is empowering leaders like Phillip to support survivors in his community to heal their wounds and transform their lives.
Our deepest gratitude,