Play Brings Healing in Times of Trauma
Trauma takes many forms – pandemics, war, poverty, HIV orphanhood, displacement – and it affects children the most.
We can’t rid the world of these conditions, but CPI helps create a place of safety and normalcy through play, allowing respite, resiliency, and joy.
CPI in Kenya
CPI worked in a school in northern Kenya, where many of the students are orphaned children, mostly due to HIV-AIDS. Our local partner, Mr. Edward Kabaka, is committed to making ChildsPlay International a sustainable event.
We organized story circles, which gave children the opportunity to share stories that they learned from elders, as well as more personal stories. We also taught them the technical skills of using a video camera to film their stories and dances.
Sarwar Mushtaq, who taught the workshop, recalls:
“By the time we had left, they were talking about HIV. They were talking about somebody dying. They were talking about how they lost their friend, and this person and that person. It was about the stuff inside that was just finding a way out. This was an extraordinary development. We were immensely excited and, of course, we left the film-making equipment so they could continue.”