Helping Relieve Traumatic Stress
Transmara is an area in the lower Rift Valley of northwestern Kenya near the border with Tanzania. It has a history of cross-border violence and a corresponding incidence of traumatic stress.
The programs of African PTSD Relief were originally requested for use in private school in order to bring relief from traumatic stress to the students and teachers.
The positive results in student behavior and teachers' levels of stress were very quickly noticed. And not just by those practicing the TM technique, but by parents and members of the community at large.
As a result, the past few years APR's programs have been requested by parents and others in the community, including a group of widows who lost husbands and other family members to past violence.
The first group to request APR's programs in Nakuru was SCANN, the Street Children's Assistance Network of Nakuru. While SCANN’s primary objective is education, in order to achieve it SCANN must also provide rehabilitation, food, clothing, shelter, health care and a nurturing, familial environment for these children to succeed.
In many cases, SCANN provides the first bed many of these kids have ever slept in. Many of SCANN’s alumni were street orphans, literally found in the most desperate circumstances, but are now college graduates.
Since 2014, APR's programs of traumatic stress relief have been a part of what SCANN provides, enjoyed enthusiastically by all 150 children as well as the staff and teachers.
APR provides traumatic stress relief programs to Global One School in Kibera, one of the most densely populated and underserved areas in all of Africa.
Global One's integrative approach addresses all aspects of their students' inner and outer well-being, by offering nutritional support and an educational experience that includes the arts, languages, physical and social sciences, drama and music.
And since 2016, this holistic approach has also included APR's programs involving the TM technique to release the full potential of both children and their teachers.