This June, 37 people, mostly from southern California will travel to our Kenya campus to spend time with the orphans, students and staff there. They will perform many activities there, including teacher development, teaching guitar lessons, art lessons, science lessons, counseling services, a health clinic, sports & dance activities and a photography project. In addition, the largest single project to be undertaken is the construction of two large playscapes, one in front of Rehoboth Home and the other at the elementary school. Up until now, the kids at the campus have only had rudimentary playground equipment and these new playscapes will bring lots of joy to many children for many years. If you would like to help with the cost of this equipment, donations can be made at: Playscapes
Meet Susan, our new Psychologist at the PCH campus in Kenya. Susan has completed her Psychology Bachelors and Masters degrees and is a PHD candidate in Psychology at Daystar University in Nairobi. She started in January and made an immediate impact on the children at the campus. Her primary focus is to provide counseling services for the orphans, especially the young ones who have recently been brought to PCH after living on the streets and then being subjected to terrible conditions as wards of the state. These children have deep emotional wounds that will take a long time to heal, but Susan is there for them. As time permits, Susan will also provide counseling services to students at the Joram G.M. Academy. Susan’s salary is paid entirely from donations in the U.S. If you would like to help ensure we can maintain this position, please make a donation at: Psychologist
The Kenya Board of PCH held a fundraiser on March 1 at Ngong Presbyterian Church in Matasia, near the orphanage. This is the church the girls attend on Sundays, and their pastor, David Ntore is one of the Kenya Board members. All the Kenya Board was present as were the staff of the Orphanage Home. Over KSH250,000 ($3,200) was raised at the event. All the money will go towards the care of the orphans at PCH. To see a few pictures from the event, click on the link below:
The United Methodist Church (UMC) Advance office held a one-day Donation Matching Program on December 3, 2013 to encourage donors to make additional donations to projects supported by the UMC. PCH is acknowledged as a sponsored project by the UMC and was included in the matching program. The UMC Advance office agreed to match the first $500,000 in giving on that day. The program was hugely successful, generating over $6.5 million in donations to various UMC projects. PCH received $11,750 in direct donations. Because of the popularity of the program, the $500,000 that was matched passed in the first 2 1/2 minutes on December 3. PCH received $1,500 in matching funds, giving a total of $13,250 raised in one day. The UMC Advance office is expected to continue this program in December 2015, so keep that in mind for your PCH donation plans at the end of the year.
Thanks again to all who participated!
For the past five years a group of select graduate students studying psychology at Azusa Pacific University (APU) traveled to Narobi, Kenya every summer. The Graduate Psychology Kenya program affords students the unique opportunity to provide an array of mental health services to children and adolescents in a global setting. This program was designed by one of APU’s Graduate Psychology faculty members, a Kenyan native, Dr. Charles Chege, Psy.D. The most recent trip to Kenya, hosted a group of twelve students comprised of clinical psychology master and doctoral candidates. Dr. Charles Chege and Dr. Samuel Girguis, Psy. D., led and supervised the summer 2013 team. Students provided psychotherapeutic services at four participating sites located in the southwest region of Kenya. A multidisciplinary team of four APU student therapists were assigned to Providence Children’s Home (PCH) & Joram Gitau Memorial Academy (JGMA). PCH and JGMA are part of the original participating sites.
During the two-week global practicum at PCH and JGMA, student therapists conducted numerous sessions of brief individual psychotherapy and eight group therapy sessions. Presenting problems addressed in therapy varied significantly for each child. For example, students attended therapy to discuss challenges that manifested in unsatisfactory academic performance or to have the opportunity to grieve the loss of a beloved family member. Group therapy focused on educating students on topics such as how past traumatic experiences can affect the mind and body, and obstacles that arise when pursuing higher education or establishing career goals. Additionally, the team facilitated a teacher and staff workshop that addressed effective long-term classroom management and academic success. Teachers and staff members attended the workshop in high numbers and came prepared to constructively interact with the material presented by APU’s team. A rich discussion transpired, and attendees dialogued openly about positive and negative aspects of discipline strategies currently in use. It is hoped that the Graduate Psychology Kenya program will include PCH on future trips.