Around Maranatha Childrens Home
Today, I focused on teaching self regulation techniques that the nannies and preschool teachers at Maranatha Childrens Home and Developmental Preschool could use with the children in their care. These would be easy to apply, fun techniques that an occupational therapist taught us to teach to them. They are specifically good for children who have been through any number of disorganizing or developmentally stumping events: earthquakes, abandonment, malnutrition, neglect, etc.. Each of the children in the orphanage fall into one or more of these categories. I used a little helper the Orphanage to help with the demonstration! He was really happy about that! He received a toy from me as a thank you! Here is a picture of him walking with Jeff, my boyfriend and assistant!
We had a couple of doctors come through and stay with us in the group. It seems that doctors come and go from Haiti, as to other types of NGO’s but I have not heard of any other child mental health people coming hear, except for post earthquake trauma people. If you have heard of anyone, please let me know! I would love to connect with them! The need is so great! So many people are suffering here. All the money that is sent down directly seems to be in the pockets of the rich because the poor have not been helped. The NGO’s (non-governmental organizations) come with skills and supplies and people are flocking to them for help. I am happy to be a part of that, but am also saddened that the need is so great and Small Steps seems so small in comparison to it!
James my translator said to me when we were walking back from the orphanage: “You are such a blessing, thank you so much for what you are bringing to Haiti. The whole country needs to hear this information!”