The world in general has been affected by violence, natural disasters and different other awful things that happen to people in their lives. Giving examples among the many that exist, COVID-19 pandemic continuing to surge in many countries, Kenya is getting into post Covid-19 pandemic period and new words have been added to the question ‘’when you hear the word trauma what comes to your mind?’’, this include corona, curfew, lockdown, stay at home and quarantine. In this new words many people have committed suicide, some gone into depression because of loss of livelihood, starvation and begging for food, families have separated, early pregnancy among school going children and violence against among women and children are the consequences of the new words.
The three basic Healing and Rebuilding our Community workshops we have conducted during the month of December has helped to build community capacity to respond to wide-spread trauma and to strengthen resilience during this difficult time of this pandemic.
“I have been stressed for the last eight months, the anxiety and pressure that I have experience since Covid-19 was reported was overwhelming, the virus confronted me with demands that I was not able to face as a woman and widow. When we were starving I remember you brought us food, then later you invited us for a one day listening session and you gave us chance to share our challenges how we can manage our own lives during the pandemic. Today am happy you have trained me on trauma, the training has given me inner strength”