When I started leading trainings in South Africa, one of my big passions was to work alongside South Africans in their organizations. I didn’t want my own training center or building. I wanted to be a sojourner with those who are doing the work and help them provide trauma-informed care to their community.
While working with the kiddos in Mitchells Plain, organizations and churches began to take notice and the desire for more training has grown. I have connections almost exclusively through referrals, which means the relationship must be strong to continue. We have managed to do a lot of work throughout the last two years, despite the constant interruption of the lockdowns and restrictions. Now, more spaces and organizations are inviting us in! In the next two months, I will be working with seven new organizations! These are early childhood centers, counseling centers, support groups for new moms, primary schools, and a church!
Someone asked me to describe my dream and I said I want every organization, church, and school in the Western Cape to receive training in trauma care and make relationships and policies based on trauma informed practices. It is a crazy big goal. But I am committed and I am so glad to have you on this journey!
This work is slowly becoming sustainable as people are able to pay a part of the fee to attend trainings. The rest of the work is financially covered by monthly donations and yearly gifts that keep us going! If you want to be a part of sponsoring a training click below! A one time gift of $100 dollars allows us to train 10 people!
Here are some pics to keep us going!
Sitting in on a math lesson at Trinity Children’s Cetre! I love watching their brains grow as they “get it.” Also, super glad I get to teach about feelings and leave the math to the super great teachers at TCC!
I am still working on my studies! I am finishing up my semester in statistics and career counseling. This has been a hard one. Minerva supports me with lots of cuddles! Next semester I will be doing a practicum in South Africa- more about it coming soon!
Venesch made a cart to take our neighbor kiddos on a ride. He is their hero! They come knock everyday to “help” Venesch in his garage.
Ending the day at Grace Cafe with a new game called Swish. It requires spacial reasoning and I was in the negative points within five minutes. The teens were pros- they could see so many patterns and manipulate the cards in their head!
This is Rei! He got is liscense last year, this is very difficult and expensive barrier in South Africa. However, he had never driven an automatic car so I took him for a “lesson” that basically consisted of me saying “push the gas…. now you understand how to drive automatic!”