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Trauma Healing work in Rwanda

Organized by: Melanie Chery

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THE STORY:

I truly believe that a positive cyclic energy evolves when people do good for & with each other. Why not ignite the positivity through giving! I have always sought to empower women and individuals who have been marginalized because like them we are all humans who deserve to be supported. With the Healing and Rebuilding Our Communities (HROC) trauma healing program, beginning July 15th, I will garner more insight to offer support.

As a Columbia University School of Social Work graduate, what I understand most at this time is empathy and compassion. My hope is to travel to Rwanda this July-August to take part in an Alternatives to Violence program to work with survivors and perpetrators of Genocide and other traumatic events. One might say, "Yes! go and help the survivors of violence", but what about those who have perpetrated violence? Exhibiting empathy and compassion is the ability to ask what happened, why and how can we get through this. As I have provided mental health trauma services in a New York City Jail, worked with individuals who have been labeled criminals, and survivors of Gender Based Violence I have learned that there is something behind everyones story and that at least we each need someone to share that with.

The training will provide in-depth hands on training that will be transferable to working with individuals and immigrant communities in the United States. Outside of the training program, while in Rwanda, I hope to facilitate workshops in the local Kigali community. These workshops will cover trauma, women and girl empowerment, gender based violence and the intersection of mental health.

YOU will be helping me achieve this personal, career and life changing goal by financially supporting!

You can find more information about me via: about.me/melaniechery

https://www.linkedin.com/pub/melanie-chery-msw/32/339/708

 

 

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Donor Comments

Maisha Walker

Maisha Walker

3 years ago

Megan Henry

Megan Henry

Blessings on your journey. 3 years ago

Ellen Noel

Ellen Noel

3 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

All of us in this world have certain ideal or causes that we are passionate about. But not everyone is lucky enough to identify them, and more so, to work directly to make it a reality , but you have Mel ! Congratulations!!! 3 years ago

S.G.F.D

S.G.F.D

In memory of my mother. 3 years ago

Naimie Lundi

Naimie Lundi

3 years ago

Shanaaz Sheriff

Shanaaz Sheriff

I don't know you but I found out about this through Menesky's Facebook post. Being a Clinical Mental Health Counseling graduate student, I definitely understand and appreciate your endeavors. I applaud your vision and wanted to help you shine your light! 3 years ago

Nadia J.

Nadia J.

Congrats Mel! I pray that God protects you on your mission and may you be a blessing to those in need! 3 years ago

Larcher Family

Larcher Family

Stay safe! 3 years ago

Annie Moses

Annie Moses

So proud of you! 3 years ago

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