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Providing trauma counselling and trauma counselling training for South Sudanese refugees
“The first challenge we face here as pastors is how to counsel the traumatised people while we are also traumatised, so we need special training as leaders on counselling.”
While the world’s media attention is focused primarily on the wars in Syria and Iraq, other parts of the world are locked in conflict as well. One of these conflicts is in South Sudan. The civil war started in December 2013 after a fallout between President Salva Kiir and Vice-President Riek Machar, which caused Machar to resign and lead rebel forces against Kiir’s government. A peace agreement was achieved in early 2016, but the conflict erupted again in July that year.
According to the United Nations, there are currently more than 1.9 million South Sudanese refugees, and more than one million of them are living in Uganda. Most of these refugees live in camps in the north of Uganda, close to the South Sudan border. The director of INcontext’s East Africa office visited some of these camps during March 2017 to see for himself what the situation is like. During this visit, he asked a pastor about the challenges they are facing, and the prayer needs he has. He responded as follows: “The first challenge we face here as pastors is not knowing how to counsel the traumatised people while we are also traumatised, so we need special training as leaders on counselling.”
In response to this request, INcontext launched Project Restoration to provide trauma counselling and trauma counselling training to South Sudanese refugees. Over 30 pastors from three refugee camps were invited to attend a 5-day training course at a centralised point close to the refugee camps from 7-11 August 2017. First, they received counselling for their own trauma, and thereafter, they were trained to do trauma counselling with their congregation members.
Thanks to your support this training was a huge success and we thank each and every one of our supporters who contributed towards this project. After the training, it was realised that this can not only be a once-off initiative – due to the great need among the refugees, more training sessions like these are needed.
The next trauma counselling training will be in August 2018, and again we ask you to please consider supporting this project. There are various expenses that need to be covered in order to see this happening (such as travel costs, accommodation and meals) and it will not be possible without the support of friends, partners and fellow believers. We therefore invite you to take hands with us and with the refugees from South Sudan, who need to know that all is not lost and that there are believers across the world who know about their needs and care for them.
Any contribution will be much appreciated and will ensure that this trauma counselling project is realised. To make a donation, please use the INcontext account.
South African bank details:
Bank: ABSA (cheque account)
Branch: 632005 (Durbanville)
Account name: INcontext
Number: 407 898 3933
To make a donation from the US, please click here and donate via the website.
As reference, please use Rest + your initials and surname.
Should you have any further questions regarding this project, please contact Gustav Krös