I leave today for my second favorite place in the world–Rwanda. (1st favorite is wherever my wife and kids are). We are returning to do another level of training for counselors and caregivers (see this post for our previous Project Tuza reports) from a number of organizations caring for widows, orphans, HIV+ individuals, and trauma victims. [The photo at the top of this blog is from that last training] Our training this time will focus on domestic or family violence interventions, children and sexual abuse, and dealing with dissociation. In addition, we’ll focus on basic helping/listening skills and the features of good storytelling in counseling (not all efforts to tell trauma stories are helpful or healing).
Check back here to see posts about our training. I hope to be able to make some during our trip, but depending on connections, it may have to wait til we return. Here’s our itinerary:
6/21-6/22: Newark to Brussels to Kigali
6/23-25: church (preaching), visiting friends, important sites, meetings in preparation for this and future trainings; in both Kigali and Butare.
6/26-28: 3 full days and 2 nights of training, led and sponsored by World Vision Rwanda and AACC.
6/29: Participate in Umuganda (national required public service in Rwanda), final meetings, and boarding the plane to return home.
It is a short trip but we are able to,
- give our new team members experiences in listening to the strengths and challenges of a community (essential to provide help that is not harmful or useless)
- provide objective hands-on skill training (not mere information giving)
- seek advice of local leaders as to future trainings (we always need to improve our ability to train well)
- Enhance our relationships (Lord willing, we will continue to return year after year)
Check back for updates.