This month, two rising stars from our Transition Program were selected to visit the U.S. The goal was to honor them for their achievements thus far and also inspire them to continue to put in the hard work that it takes to achieve their dreams and break the cycle of poverty.
The Global Leadership Summit is a world-class experience Jazmina and Niccol will not soon forget. They were both blown away with their “Summit” experience and the level of excellence that Willow Creek executes this event.
Niccol, a college student interested in becoming a surgeon, and Jazmina, a psychology major, were provided a personal tour of the Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital just outside of Chicago. The hospital is one of the most modern in the area. The tour was led by ORPHANetwork supporter, Dr. Hythem Shadid, and it exposed the girls to the advancements in medicine and technology in the developed world.
ORPHANetwork has partnered with LAMb International to train caregivers, social workers, psychologists and leaders to better understand and manage the impact of trauma on the lives of the children with whom they have responsibility. In addition, we are helping those caregivers and leaders who are personally experiencing the impact of secondary trauma in their own lives.
Participant feedback from 2016 allowed LAMb to hone in on specific issues facing our children and the caregivers who are raising them during our 4th training series which was conducted on both the east and west coasts in June. Below is an overview of the topics covered and the strategies developed:
An example is a 15 year old girl who experiences anger and impulsive behavior, low esteem and is verbally aggressive. Lacks social skills and anxiety. Her mother, a prostitute, had 10 children. She was separated from her Mom as an infant and later from her siblings. She does see her siblings occasionally. She likes to help out at the home.
The plan included:
1. Work with her to develop a schedule to help her with life skills.
2. Develop her leadership with activities such as cooking
3. Maintain open communication
4. Team will meet weekly to evaluate her progress using tools from training.
We are so thankful for our strategic partners at The Compass Church in Naperville, IL, for their investments that are making this invaluable training possible this year.
Coming in the Fall 2017
Also available, our blog post from last year’s training with LAMb International.