Equipping Caregivers in Liberia - LI071701 - Mary Hopkins

Mary Hopkins
Muscatine, IA

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About my Fundraiser

Hi Everyone,

I will be traveling to Liberia July 29th through August 5th.  I'll be traveling with two other teammates with the purpose of going deeper with the teachers, pastors and parents who participated in Trauma Competent Care last year. Going deeper will allow us to talk about the risk factors specific to their kids and offer skill training in classroom management. We will equip caregivers with the how-to's of applying the knowledge they have learned regarding caring for kids from hard places. We will also train additional teachers who were unable to attend last year and expand the pool of skilled healers for the beautiful kids in Liberia. Please pray as we are learning, learning, learning as we go and train!

Kids experience trauma when they go without and when they have adverse circumstances in their lives. Neglect and abuse are common labels for trauma.

Humans are wired for trust and connection, trauma breaks that connection. The care that children naturally need is often unmet, leaving them confused and stunted intellectually, emotionally and physically.

Vision Trust is serving the poorest children of the world; working in regions where jobs and food are scarce. Stable routines that children long for are replaced by unpredictable schedules as adults struggle to meet daily needs of housing and food for their families. 

Trauma changes the heart and mind of the child forever. Unless. Unless a skilled caregiver brings that child back from the small place of fear and survival to which they’ve been relegated into the hopeful mind and heart God originally intended for them.  We are training caregivers the skills they need to heal these precious little ones.

Your prayers and support are doing this work.

Thank you,