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Healing the Wounds of War



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.Healing the Wounds of War

As you walk through our Trauma Healing Center in Congo, you truly see what healing the wounds of trauma looks like. Local counselors and staff leading trauma healing groups for child survivors of war in a safe and loving environment.  

Exile’s mission is to restore rescued child soldiers and children orphaned by war to become leaders of peace through art focused trauma care and holistic rehabilitative care. This mission is walked out daily by our local staff and community leaders in Africa who love and serve these children as though they were their own.

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A Closer Look

Exile’s Trauma Healing Program is a three-tier curricula based model. The curriculum focuses on healing trauma in the lives of child survivors of war, while also equipping them with tools and skills to thrive and become leaders for peace in their communities. 

Faith significantly informs our curriculum. We partner with the American Bible Society and use the Trauma Healing Institute’s curriculum Healing the Wounds of Trauma. This curriculum is infused with the life-giving teachings of the Gospel to heal hearts affected by trauma.

Art focused trauma care is also an essential part of the curriculum. Expressive Therapy — including music, drama, dance, games, and art — helps children in Exile’s programs share their stories and overcome trauma.

Curricula Based Model

1 — Trauma Healing, Forgiveness, & Emotional Resilience

The EMPOWER Trauma Rehabilitation Program is a highly acclaimed model designed to help people effectively recover from the stressful and traumatic effects of war, human trafficking, sexual exploitation and natural disaster. EMPOWER is based on years of professional clinical intervention and research trials worldwide (conducted by the Family Challenge Charitable Trust).

1 — Peace-Building & Conflict Resolution 

The Young Peacemaker — written by Corlette Sande, empowers students to understand and respond to conflict in a Biblical manner. Because problems and conflict are inevitable in each persons life, it is crucial that these youth be equipped with the skills necessary to understand, respond to and overcome conflict.

3 — Leadership Development & Discipleship

Owing much to the acclaimed teachings John Maxwell, this curriculum was written and developed by a Congolese survivor of war for the youth of DR Congo. Through mentoring and lessons on key principles of leadership, youth are empowered to become leaders. Alongside practical opportunities to grow, youth are inspired by examples of great leaders, like Nelson Mandela and Martin Luther King Jr., who overcame adversity to lead and inspire generations.

.Changing their communities and the world!

We believe in empowering local community leaders to bring up the new generation of leaders. Exile’s staff and counselors are well-equipped with training to ensure that the children in our programs receive the best care possible. Because, we don’t just want these children to survive, we want them to thrive and to change their communities and the world!

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Empower a Child Survivor of War Today

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