Operation International Kids train social workers in Kenya on dealing with victims of gender violence
Operation International Kids, OIK, has been conducting a pioneer program in Kenya. The program is aiming at teaching the social workers in Kiera and Mathare, Kenya, on proper methods of dealing with young girls who are victims of sexual assault (we use the term “Gender Violence” instead of sexual assault.) For the past year, they have been installing smartboards in both Kibera and Mathare, Kenya, and in NJ where the team is located, and two of our adolescent psychiatrists have been working with the local social workers there to train them on handling such cases.
Recently, OIK partnered with Shining Hope for Communities organization, SHOFCO, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shining_Hope_for_Communities to expand their reach and to create teaching tools that Shining Hope for Communities can use to train their workers in dealing with similar victims.
A small group of OIK including personals listed below traveled recently to Kenya to work directly with and train more social workers and members of SHOFCO.
List of team members traveling
Colleen Brennan, RN, President OIK
Dr. Peter Walsh
Dr. Christopher Walsh