GUATEMALA CITY – A group of 34 girls gathered around the campfire. There were s'mores and laughter and constant chatter, broken up by outbursts of song. The scene is easily imagined by many around the world, especially boys and girls who quickly call to mind their own summer camp experience.
BANGALORE, INDIA—Slavery steals dignity from its victims. But earlier this year, an incredible ceremony celebrated the dignity and value of more than one hundred survivors of forced labor slavery. In the first "graduation" ceremony held by IJM Bangalore's aftercare team, laughing children, proud fathers, and mothers dressed in their finest saris came together to celebrate two years of healing and restoration.
NAIROBI, KENYA – Candy-filled piñatas, face paint and plenty of laughter marked a proud day for 25 children this past weekend. The boys and girls – all survivors of sexual assault – celebrated completing IJM's counseling program with their families, IJM Kenya staff and supporters. The graduation commemorated each child's bravery and recognized each family's commitment to helping their son or daughter work through a painful past.
Trauma-Focused Therapy Restores, Empowers
EL ALTO, BOLIVIA – When 5-year-old Rocío* scanned the crowd gathered for her kindergarten graduation, she saw several members of the audience who had come especially to celebrate her: Her mother; Roxana, an IJM Bolivia social worker; and Jeshika, an assistant with the aftercare team.