in the local community
Working in Kenya, we are always mindful that we may have different cultural experiences and understanding. We always try and work alongside, to enhance the connection and understanding of children and families in the community.
It is with that in mind, that we embrace the principles of Dyadic Developmental Practice (DDP) and parenting with PACE. This approach works worldwide, as it focuses on relationships, and repair of some of the complex traumas families need to recover from.
All our staff at Rafiki Mwema are Kenyan and they undergo intense and repeated training around how to build relationships with children who do not trust. They are not trained therapists, but they are trained to therapeutically parent. We have then selected further staff members to undergo their DDP level 1 and will also complete their level 2 with an external trainer from the USA.
This allows us as an organisation to continue to be connected and professional with some of the most traumatised children on the planet.
Anne-Marie also delivers regular training to other professionals who come into contact with children where trauma has been experienced. This includes, but is not exclusive to Court Officials, Children Departments, Prisons, Police Officers and Schools.
Helping the community to understand and connect to their children is at the heart of Rafiki Mwema, and will allow this model to flourish and have a wider impact for traumatised children.
Read more about what we've achieved in the local community, including Kenya's first video link!