The caregivers that ICARA trains are "front lines" workers in the fight for children's hearts--children who have been wounded by early and traumatic losses, among them abandonment, HIV+ status, and abuse and neglect. In a brief interview with Patrice, Nthabeleng Lehela, a Safe Home supervisor at Touching Tiny Lives (Lesotho, Africa), shares her thoughts on how the training has shaped her response to children.
"Caregivers and children's program staff working with orphaned and vulnerable children have my utmost respect and honor.
They are working with children who have had a very hard start to life and need patient, nurturing caregiving to recover."
Patrice Penney, MSW, LCSW, Founder and Executive Director, ICARA.