Thirty orphanage workers will receive training in mental health and care for children January 14-16 in Lomé, Togo.
Tributaries International is collaborating with Mercy Ships, which has provided funding for the project, along with training for other care providers in Togo and Benin. Dr. Lyn Westman will lead the training, along with Pastor Samuel Kpavouvou and his team from Graceland Christian Network.
The Mercy Ships Mental Health Program has been active in Togo since 2010, training health care workers, social workers, teachers, church leaders and other care providers – but this is the first time orphanage workers have been included.
Training will be provided for 30 orphanage care workers and is expected to impact 1,000-1,500 children. Providing additional skills in general child development, trauma healing, health and hygiene, and government policies will not only assist the children, but will also make it possible for these homes to receive government funding since they are receiving training in the proper care of children.