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Training group in DRC

“People are suffering in sorrow, and they don’t know what to do. Now I can help them.”  
– church leader in Pakistan

Who are we?
Tributaries International is a 501(c)(3) organization which promotes care for children, mental health, and leadership development.

Mental Health Training
The mental health program equips informal service providers with training to recognize and respond to mental health needs in the community. They learn a framework for understanding people, managing stress and crisis, along with basic counseling skills. These trained community workers make care available to a high number of people at low cost, while changing perceptions and treatment of people with mental disorders.

Some nations have only a few psychologists or psychiatrists. Some have none. These professionals are often located in the major cities and have overflowing caseloads. Since most people can be helped with counseling, trained informal providers can reduce the strain on higher levels of care.  

Who are informal service providers?
They are people who provide some service to the public but are not mental health or health care professionals: religious leaders, community leaders, social workers, teachers, traditional healers, police, fire force, and military. Any trustworthy person to whom people go when they are in crisis could be a candidate for training.

Helping Children
Our seminars include abuse prevention and training for people who work with children. Most projects also include a workshop with local children using Dr. Lyn Westman’s book, Baby Finds Grace, designed to help children express thoughts and feelings from grief and/or trauma. So far, this resource has been used as an intervention for over 40,000 children in Africa. 

Are donations tax deductible?
Yes! Tributaries International is a 501(c)(3) organization.
Our EIN is 13-4348221.

We accept gifts from Donor Advised Funds.

Donors outside the United States may want to donate to our programs through GlobalGiving

Contacting us:
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 510, Gloucester, VA 23061

Phone: 804-684-1790
Or use the contact form

Community Improvement & Capacity Building, International, International Development, Mental Health, Mental Health & Crisis Intervention