research initiatives

ICARA has joined with researchers from Texas Christian University to implement a study among orphaned children in Kenya. Our hypothesis is that nurturing caregiving and playful interactions will reduce stress levels in the children (and the caregivers!). In August 2018, Patrice trained the caregivers, using the Nurturing Hearts curriculum, and provided hands-on coaching for playful group interactions with the children. She will be returning to Kenya in early 2019 to continue working with the caregivers.