This was our promise that the day would be great!
Day 1 of the free trauma training course for child workers!
The free trauma training course started today and we were on our nerves since we awoke very early this morning. Many attempts by others to offer skills training courses before have failed due to almost zero attendance and we didn't know if our efforts would result in the same failure.
Let me show you a real miracle!
This was the sight as we neared the training venue.
Early morning wet fairy rain and the sun peeping over the mountains!
The venue was ready and it was time for prayers and the hope that some of the people would arrive!
Well, here is the miracle, we had a full house!
Even the empty front seats were filled later on by late arrivals!
Social workers of all races arrived including teachers, pastors, school principals, counselors and many other professions that work with children!
All of these people work with children from ages 0 to 14 and there is a dire need for quality accredited training. The fact that the training was free drew them like a magnet.
But of course, there is so much more behind it as there is a real need in the communities.
They all face very tough problems every day in difficult circumstances, as un-employment, gang warfare, drugs and alcohol ruin many young lives!
But the great news is that they are all dedicated child workers and it is our blessing to be able to empower them with skills that will enhance their thankless and sacrificial efforts to help the children!
This is section of the informal township in the area and the people that live here are seasonal farm laborers, their families, back yard dwellers and un-employed persons migrating inward to search for work!
The latest population stats here show that there are 30,302 children ages 0-14 in the area. More than 80% of these children are poor and they live under haggard circumstances.
This is what makes Papillon's work so important in this area.
It is not easy for us due to a lack of resources, but we make a plan and in this case Papillon formed a partnership with 5 other Non Profits that are just as poor as Papillon is.
Together we have made it work and according to me, this is all that counts!
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