A creative approach to therapy.
Children coming to CAMME have often been the victims of traumatic events that are too horrible for most of us to imagine. Forced conscription as child soldiers, sexual assault, starvation, begging on the street, and more. Recovering from these horrific events is a long process, and by no means an easy one.
One way in which CAMME helps children to process the trauma they have endured prior to coming to the center is through creative outlets such as poetry, dance, theatre, art, and music. Children use these activities not only to express themselves, but also for a simpler purpose- having fun.
Older children at CAMME write and perform their own skits about their experiences, learn how to do acrobatics, compete in dance competitions, while the youngest children learn songs and fill in coloring books.
In a place like eastern Congo, where devastation and destruction have been such a regular part of life, it can be easy to forget the need for a child to grow, and to express him or herself. CAMME is only part of the process, but with the help of programs such as this, children have a chance to be children again.