Trauma healing equips individuals with knowledge to better respond to inner pain and that of others. Once trained and certified, trauma healing facilitators provide care to people in the community.
Healing groups is one way of helping people begin their healing journey. These groups provide a safe place where people with heart wounds can find healing, engage with Scripture, and find hope again. Healing Groups are led by trained healing facilitators who cover different topics such as God’s presence in suffering, grieving, forgiveness and finding hope from God’s word.
A team from BSK visited a healing group in Mwihoko, where 49 people meet every Thursday. The group comprises of caregivers for children with disabilities, and was started in 2012 by Harriet, a lady with a child with disability.
Harriet felt the burden was too much to bear alone. Together with five other people Tumaini Social group came to be. Since then, they have been partnering with various organizations and individuals to empower themselves and deal with the many issues they face.
The Master Empowerment Centre in Githurai is among those partners who have counselors and mental health practitioners that provide a platform for youth, women, and children with disabilities to have equal access to opportunities and resources through psycho social and vocational skill training programs. With the help of donors, they provide wheelchairs for persons with disabilities. They also work with caregivers and that is how the partnership with the Tumaini Social group was established. The Master Empowerment Centre reached out to the Bible Society of Kenya to offer Trauma healing to their group as they needed to be equipped with skills on how to deal with trauma.
We also got an opportunity to introduce the Faith Comes by Hearing programme to the participants. The group was given Talking bibles and trained on how to use them. Apart from the group, five elderly people also received one each. They couldn’t hide their joy as John Thinji showed it through his hearty smile.
“When we started the Trauma Healing sessions, we could only cry when we remembered our ordeals. It was hard sharing our stories because of pain but we all now feel at home and peace. We have a reason to smile.’’ Anne Goretti, participant
Despite the various challenges the caregivers receive like stigma, they now have hope of healing from the wounds of trauma.
To be part of the Trauma Healing and Faith Comes by Hearing programmes, call us on 0729406032.