Directors of Watu Wa Maana Arrive in USA for TBRI Training

Last year, John and Wanjiru Kanyoni, directors of Watu Wa Maana in Ruirui, Kenya, were selected as the recipients of a scholarship from TCU’s Trust Based Relationship Intervention (TBRI) training for trainer’s certification. Out of 250 applicants, John and Wanjiru stood out for their commitment to serving street children through their home, Watu Wa Maana.

Through our amazing and generous donors, Haven of Hope International was able to provide funds to cover tuition, travel, accommodation, and food expenses related to the training in Chicago in October.

John and Wanjiru are translating training materials into Swahili so directors of other orphan homes in Kenya and Tanzania can access them in their native language. This year, they will be part of the HOHI Training Institute team empowering caregivers of children to implement TBRI restorative model of care.

Angela Bryan, the trauma care trainer, and certified TBRI trainer at Haven of Hope International, has played a crucial role in the training of John and Wanjiru. Alice Sweet, the founder and director of Haven of Hope International, will also be involved in support while in the USA. Alice is dedicated to raising the standard of orphan care and often challenges the directors and children to dream. During her first meeting with Wanjiru, Wanjiru expressed her dream of receiving trauma training. With tears in her eyes, Angela shared the wonderful news with this deserving couple.

This investment in John and Wanjiru will provide training and support not only for the staff at Watu Wa Maana, but also for other directors and caregivers in Africa. The impact of this training will be far-reaching, and Haven of Hope International invites others to join the growing family of hope by becoming an Ambassador for the Nation of Orphans. Please click here to learn more on becoming an Ambassador. To learn more about our trauma-informed care-based training model, please visit our programs page here.

Please consider donating to the Watu Cecere Dream Center. It would provide their young people with a well-constructed building that would be a safe place for students to study.