This was the fourt child trauma workshop in as many countries, in less than three months, and some patterns are beginning to emerge. Each situation is also different, having to adapt all the time.
I have been so fortunate to meet such a diverse group of people from all fields of life. Here there were church and community leads, teachers, probation officers and government administrators, some with their own personal experiences of past conflicts. We started with the usual “I don’t know enough” statement, then it all came to life. The case sharing of children and communities deeply traumatized and still seriously deprived; but also great innovation and counselling/support within each one’s role. A couple of great examples were using peer counsellors and a child help desk within an administration department. Amazing commitment throughout. My worries of not being able to relate or engage were false.
As for the charity, plenty of opportunities and challenges ahead, currently exploring model and realistic priorities.