A TRI team was invited to Kenya by the Kenyan Association of Professional Counselors due to our association with Gloria Simoneaux, a talented expressive art therapist who now works with Save the Children and a nonprofit, Caring for the Kids of Kenya, run by a remarkable woman, Linda Wilson, an American who supports an orphanage near Nairobi.The TRI team conducted a Trauma Resiliency Model Training for the Kenyan Association of Professional Counselors. Participants were from many parts of Kenya and one of the participants who heard about our work, took a bus from Rwanda to attend the training. We were deeply moved by their life stories and how they were able to embrace the TRM skills so easily.
The team was invited to a displaced persons camp (IDP) to provide a brief training of the TRM skills for the displaced persons during one of our last afternoons in Kenya. The TRI team was welcomed into the camp and there was an eagerness to learn the simple skills to help themselves and their families. We were greeted by sweet children who were eager to play with the colorful stickers we had brought for them. We left Kenya with a commitment to return.
KENYA 2007 The Pond Foundation through its Executive Director, Wendy Flick, invited TRI to present at the 5th Annual Conference to end Female Genital Mutilation. Elaine Miller-Karas and her assistant, Jessica Karas participated in the dynamic conference and met remarkable men and women from 17 different countries who are working to eliminate this practice from Africa.