A PARTNERSHIP OPPORTUNITY:
None of us can deny that we live in a world increasingly filled with natural and human disasters. What is our response? Through the Psychosocial Healing and Disaster Recovery Project, LegacyMakers (www.legacy-makers.org) is working in tandem with our US-based partner organization, Global Prayer Advocacy Nexus (GBPAN), led by Jennie Fournier (www.gbpan.com); and our Trinidad-based partner NGO, Is There Not a Cause (ITNAC), led by Avonelle and Christopher Joseph (www.itnactt.org), to bring healing and wholeness to communities worldwide.
We urgently need to train, mobilize and sustain volunteer teams of multi-functional trauma support coaches to serve as first and third responders, actively addressing the urgent psychosocial crises of traumatized and vulnerable populations in affected areas throughout the Caribbean, Asia, and the US, caused by catastrophic natural and human disasters, and to support the local NGO leaders and staff, mental health professionals, social workers, and clergy who are currently engaged in that work. Natural and human disasters are trauma-inducing events that gravely impact communities and nations, and include (but are not limited to) earthquakes, hurricanes, floods, tsunamis, volcanic eruptions, pandemics, violence and abuse, family conflict and breakdown, terrorism, human trafficking, abuse and exploitation, health crises/epidemics, racial conflict/violence, persecution, political upheaval, financial loss, and homelessness & displacement. The trauma support coaches are not counselors or psychotherapists, but are trained to be psychological first-aiders, with a focus on helping to develop resilience in those affected by natural and human disaster.
LA SOUFRIER VOLCANO RESPONSE - St. Vincent & the Grenadines - April 2021
The La Soufrière Volcano, which has been dormant for decades, first started showing volcanic activity in December 2020, but in the second week of April, 2021 that activity increased dramatically.
Around 20,000 residents in "red zones" were urged to evacuate. The volcano has since spewed dark ashfall that has blanketed the entire nation, along with falling rocks and boulders. There is no running water or electricity and the situation is very hazardous. LegacyMakers has partnered with Is There Not a Cause (ITNAC) to assist their partners there to get much-needed non-perishable food supplies, toiletries, masks, gloves, hand sanitizers, baby food and pampers, and bottled water to the people of St. Vincent. As the need arises in the future, LegacyMakers will assist in trauma support coaching. For now, we are dealing with the urgent survival issues. Please collect and donate items to assist our brothers and sisters in Sr. Vincent and the Grenadines and send it to our ITNAC Partner:
Arnos Vale Church of the Nazarene
C/O Rev. Kelron Harry
St. Vincent, West Indies
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Thank you and may God richly bless you for your generosity!
BAHAMAS PROJECT - February 2020:
The Psychosocial Healing & Recovery Project was successfully launched in the Bahamas. From February 18-25, we teamed up with ITNAC’s team of 50 missionaries, who were invited by the Nazarene Church and the United Haitian Association of the Bahamas (UHAB) to assist with their church and outreach activities. Jennie Fournier of GBPAN joined me in the Bahamas to co-facilitate training and coaching. We provided trauma support coaching and prayer for 150 survivors of Hurricane Dorian, many of whom are Haitian refugees who were evacuated from the island of Abaco.
We also trained about 60 trauma support coaches in Trinidad and the Bahamas. It was a life-changing experience as we heard the heartfelt stories of both devastation and hope of survivors whose children, loved ones, and property were swept away by the floods.
Little did we know that as soon as we returned to our respective destinations (ITNAC and me back to Trinidad; Jennie back to the US) that we would be faced with the COVID -19 lockdowns. Nonetheless work continued for LegacyMakers and GBPAN as we teamed up to provide Zoom training in trauma support coaching in light of the pandemic.
Thank you for your ongoing financial support of our ministries. For us to be able to visit more nations and touch more lives, we are asking you to consider donating to this joint venture.
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