Cathryn is Australian and trained in Thailand.
“I decided to do this course because at the time I was travelling around South East Asia visiting works focused on children at risk, and I wanted to gain knowledge and resources. I felt that the training would definitely benefit me. I did a 6 week course with Janette in Bangkok, Thailand, in 2006.
There were several trainees, from India, Canada, America, Myanmar and Australia. Several topics stood out; especially child soldiers and street children. At that time I knew I would come and work in Myanmar (Burma) so these were most relevant to me. One session that I remember is when we discussed various models of care: a child going to an orphanage, small-group home, being adopted (in-country of origin or overseas). I remember this session challenged my thinking a lot, as I’d always thought being adopted was the best response over staying in a country-of-origin placement.
As we did our training at Christian Care Foundation for Children with Disabilities’ Rainbow House, I became very fond of the staff and children. The children there all have a disability and this was my first real exposure to these children, I loved it! My favourite memory is taking some of the children to the beach for the first time. We volunteered in a children’s camp, it was tough, but fun. Currently I am serving in Myanmar (Burma) as a language learner and English teacher. I have many connections to people working with kids at risk, so in the future when I have more language, I do plan to get more involved with children.
I see children at risk daily, and the training is always in my mind. I often wonder ‘why are those kids working?’, and then I remember and have a better understanding of how they may be helped. There are no easy answers. I highly recommend Janette’s training as it gives an excellent background on any issue you may encounter as you work with kids at risk. Knowledge and equipping is an essential foundation to this work”.
Do you have a heart for children at risk? The orphan, street child, child prostitute or institutionalised child?
To find out more about our resources, how you can be trained to work or volunteer cross culturally with vulnerable children,log onto www.janettepepall.com or follow the links on www.nationaltrainingforchildrenatrisk.com