Divina James is a Social Worker with experience of working with children’s programmes for 16 years. She is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Social Work and expects to graduate in November 2016. Currently she works with the Regional Psychosocial Support Initiative (REPSSI) as a Course Delivery Officer. Divina’s experience includes working with children with HIV, vocational training, developing training materials (especially focusing on psychosocial support and conduct training at various level) and training of trainers in psychosocial support. She uses these tools to build resilience in children, families and communities and has delivered training in East, South and West Africa. Divina also works on an economic strengthening programme with a saving and loan scheme for people living with HIV.
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WORKSHOP: Hero book making (with Karesma Mushi)
A hero book is a series of autobiographical storytelling and art exercises, designed to support children and youth to identify one significant but manageable psychosocial obstacle that is standing between them and their goals, and to further support them to find ways to gain more power over this obstacle. The aim of developing a hero book is to develop survivors, good citizens and solution-finders. Hero books use a narrative approach to help young people develop a second life story; stories of resilience and hope for the future. In the process of developing a hero book, young people learn that they are not defined by the problems they have such as being orphans, children living on the street, children living with HIV or children living in poverty; rather they are survivors who are resilient, can make decisions about their own lives and futures and can support those around them. At the end of the process young people are expected to have a story book of their own making. It is at this stage where children begin to feel that they are the heroines and heroes in their own lives.