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Bereavement and Grief Counseling to Address Emotional Needs of SHARE Africa's Orphans

Trainers and participants at the Bereavement counseling training in Mbita, Kenya.

Sharami Kerr and Eileen Schmidt, of United Hospice of Rockland, NY accompanied Dr. Jeff Karasik on a SHARE Africa sponsored and organized training program in Mbita, Kenya, a remote village on the shores of Lake Victoria with among the highest AIDS incidence in sub-Saharan Africa. The program answered a call from teachers and school principals for training in grief and bereavement counseling to enable them to better assist in the emotional needs of HIV orphaned children. Thirty teachers, principals, clergy, and social workers participated in the weeklong training conducted in February 2012.


Then, There Was Light!

Home made solar panel for reading light.
We were driving somewhere between Mbita and Ruisinga with our Kenyan SHARE colleague, Cyprina, when she asked the driver to pull off the road in the direction of a small village. Approaching the village, we saw empty mud huts that were still standing, sprinkled unevenly around this beautiful Lake Victoria setting. It was clearly deserted from the ravages of malaria, AIDS, and poverty. Seven villagers still lived among these empty dwellings, and four of them came out to greet us.

A Gift of Hope to Orphans in Kenya

children playing soccer Children playing soccer with a new ball donated by the Red Bulls
KENYA: We were flying low over the plains from Nairobi on our way to Kisumu, Kenya. I looked down from the airplane at the vastness below, and wondered how many soccer fields would fit end-to-end across that mass of land. I might as well have also wondered how many players would be AIDS orphans.

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