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Healing Hurting Hearts
Thank you for your interest in leaning more about the Healing Hurting
Hearts children's curriculum.
In 2017 the children of Dominica were traumatized following hurricane
Maria which made landfall Monday, September 18th 2017 on the Caribbean
island of Dominica as a Category 5 storm. 90% of roofs were torn
off. Some houses were swept away as what were usually streams in
ravines became raging torrents. Children were hidden in closets,
barrels and even a washing machine. They huddled with their families
in bathrooms and toilets. Some children were injured and even swept
from their parent's hands running for shelter in the dark of night.
No class or village was exempt.
Immediately following the storm there was an outbreak of looting
and vandalism with an outpouring of anger and disorientation as
families sought to secure supplies of food and drinking water and
struggled to cope without being able to contact their loved ones
or to know if their extended families were even still alive.
Many businesses laid off their workers and adults were very anxious
about how they were even going to survive. Thousands of children
were sent overseas to stay with family or even strangers. Many grandparents
were sent back to Europe and the US where they had spent their working
lives. Families were blasted apart and traumatized children were
suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
In this context this curriculum was birthed, developed by the
women and children of Dominica, the story "And Puppy'
was written by the children of Dominica following hurricane Maria,
a Cat called Garry 5!
It is a partnership between Lifeline
Ministries Dominica and United
The structure of the training and the curriculum follows the Bible
Society Healing Hearts Club, written
for the children of DR Congo and we are grateful to be able to follow
the same structure and guidelines establishing a Caribbean Version
following a natural disaster.
Each of the twelve lessons includes a Bible story and a comparable
real-life story about the experiences of a Caribbean family who
experienced a devastating hurricane, so children can see the effects
of trauma, learn how to work through their emotional and spiritual
pain, and experience God’s love for them.
The Healthy Hurting Hearts curriculum is specifically designed
for children who have experienced trauma. The book features a Caribbean
family who learn about healing through the words of the Bible. Activities,
such as drawing a picture of happy and painful memories, help them
understand what they’re feeling so they can deal with their
trauma and eventually work through it. Dance, art and play therapy
is used to heal the broken hearts.