|| Let The Children Come ||
Despite their resilience, refugee children have some of the highest suicide and self-harm rates the world has ever seen. Studies show an escalation in violence, limited education and heightened risk of exploitation - all factors that are exacerbated by the effects of trauma and stress.
We believe that every child deserves the best chance at life. We see the effects that trauma has on children, and we are doing something about it.
In 2019 we launched The Heroes Journey, a child-focused trauma rehabilitation that meets these children right where they are. We are walking alongside these future leaders as they journey to a place of wholeness and recovery.
The Heroes Journey is more than just a program, it’s a hands on experience that provides a safe place for children to explore the effect that trauma has had on them, and then work to overcome it. It focuses on building resilience through hope, gratitude, kindness, courage, combating shame and forgiveness.
We believe that children deserve justice, they deserve a future, they deserve a chance to be a Hero.
|| Blaise’s Story ||
"Joseph [in the bible] became a refugee, but even though he was a refugee, he did not give up. He passed through so many situations but he did not give up.
Then, he became like the President of Egypt.
The Heroes Journey taught me that if someone has done something wrong to me, then I forgive them. I don't want to be angry all the time, to the extent of bursting. I learned to be thankful, to people who do good, and to God for protecting me. I want to be kind. I want to have courage. I want to give respect.
And when I grow up, I want to be a President."
- Blaise, 11 Years Old, from D.R. Congo
|| Launching in Rwamwanja ||
Blaise was one of 17 children who graduated from our first program in Rwamwanja Refugee Settlement in March 2019. The program was very successful with an 87% retention and graduation rate, and was well received by the community and partner organisations. Across the two week period children self reported a 48.8% reduction in their symptoms of trauma, as well as significant positive increases in their ability to process new possibilities, personal strength, spiritual change, appreciation for life and how they relate to others.
We are so excited that the program is fully funded in Rwamwanja for the year, meaning that we can bring child-focused trauma rehabilitation to approximately 200 children in the settlement across 2019. Our goal is to deliver this program to children in at least one more refugee settlement before the end of the year. You can be a part of this amazing work by donating HERE.
Check out some of the photos of our Heroes below!
JOIN THE CAUSE
If you’ve been following us for a while, you’ll know that we rely heavily on donor support - not just financially, but in raising awareness and spreading the message of hope through our life changing trauma rehabilitation programs.
We know so many of you will be excited to join us in The Heroes Journey, so we’ve gone ahead and made a media pack for you, full of images, printables and even some easy wording for your social media posts!
Join us by starting your own facebook fundraiser and get your friends involved in the cause!
Help Tutapona roll out this much needed program to refugees across East Africa and the Middle East.
Read Their Stories
There is something beautiful about a child who wants to share their story to inspire others, and our 40thousand.Tutapona.com site is full of these amazing stories of hope and recovery.
Sami was 12 years old when ISIS came and turned his life upside down. He tells a story of daring escape, hiding in abandoned houses and treacherous mountain journeys to get to safety. His story of forgiveness and how that changed his family inspires us!
Nadia was so young when her family was forced to flee Somalia. The horrors of what she saw were compounded by life they were forced into in Uganda. When Tutapona came to her area, Nadia dressed in a hijab, wearing her mothers clothes so that she could sit in the adults program and learn! Read her story here.
You can read more stories of children and parents by visiting 40thousand.tutapona.com!