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Executive Director


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$100,000 translates to 1,000 children being set free from trauma.

Every gift given up to $15,000 will be matched thanks to a generous RiverCross donor!

Progress to our goal

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BEHOLD stories of impact

“I never imagined myself in this situation.”

Tino Rusike

Program Director for

RiverCross Zimbabwe

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“I never imagined myself in this situation.”


During a RiverCross training, participants gathered in small groups to put into practice what they had learned. As they talked, they were astounded to realize that so many children are going through trauma and no one is there to help them. They discussed the case of a single mother, Chipo, who sustained her family through vending. Life was good until she was forced into lockdown due to the pandemic. Her business crumbled and she resorted to sex work. 


“It was not by choice that I took this route. I had never imagined myself in this situation, but seeing my kids cry every day because they want something to eat left me with no choice.”


The biggest problem that caused RiverCross Advocates to intervene quickly was that Chipo would bring her customers into the one room and the children were forced to sit outside in the cold dark night. Not only were the children scared and cold, but they were emotionally disturbed as they would see different men come and go.  


RiverCross Advocates have linked Chipo with an economic serving group and she is serving with them anticipating starting a vegetable business. They are also helping with the children and providing food as they are able.  

Tino Rusike, RiverCross Project Coordinator, Harare, Zimbabwe 

“We respond more tenderly and patiently when we recognize trauma is often the background of behaviors

Michele Suffridge

Refugee Hope Partners

Raleigh, NC

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“We can respond more tenderly and patiently when we recognize that trauma is often in the background of these behaviors.”


Our staff has participated in two RiverCross workshops – Holding Esther and Jabota Bridge. As a result of these workshops, our staff has a much deeper understanding of trauma impacts on the refugee individuals we serve. It has given our team a common language around the issue and has allowed us deeper compassion as we witness the impacts of trauma.  


RiverCross training has given us tools to separate behavior from the person. When children act out in our programs, we are able to see the child as an image-bearer of God separate from behavior that frustrates us. We can respond more tenderly and patiently when we recognize that trauma is often in the background of these behaviors. Following the examples in the story has been key for us. Showing love and giving space is so important. 

Michele Suffridge, Executive Director, Refugee Hope Partners, Raleigh, NC

“Our capacity has grown”

Nowah Kakidi

Ministry Director,

Global Leadership School

Busia, Uganda

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“Our capacity has grown.” 


Through the RiverCross training we learned that trauma decreases cognitive ability, increases risky behaviors, often causes depression and interferes with a child’s emotional, social, and academic progress. Without a welcoming, supportive, and informed community ready to help them overcome these challenges, children may feel disconnected and misunderstood. 


With the knowledge and skills acquired from the training, our capacity has grown and we are creating community awareness targeting new staff, parents, students, vendors, and the Busia community in general. 

Nowah Kakidi, Ministry Director, Global Leadership School, Busia, Uganda

“I prayed with her until she was able to share with me her stories”

Nakumuli Uwera Stella

Teacher,

Uganda

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“I prayed with her until she was able to share with me her stories.”


Through the RiverCross Training, I learned how to look for signs of abuse among vulnerable children. Recently, I came across a 15 year-old girl who was being abused sexually by her brother for three years. By the time I met her she had gone mute because she did not want to talk to anyone and her parents thought maybe the girl was sick. From the knowledge and skills I acquired in this training I sensed that something was not right. I befriended the girl. I taught her how to write a lament. I prayed with her until she was able to share with me her stories. I exposed the abuser and now the girl is able to speak. I thank the LORD for this wonderful training.  

Nakimuli Uwera Stella, Teacher in Uganda

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The empty filled, the wounded healed

The broken back together

The poor are blessed, the weary rest

We will dance forever

The blinded see, the chained are free

The doubtful now believer

The outcast known, the orphan home

You are my Redeemer

Behold, behold

Behold what love can do

Behold, behold

He’s making all things new

The lost return, the voiceless heard

The mourner now rejoicing

The mountains shake, the world awake

Creation all composing

The sad untrue, the earth renewed

The song has found its singer

The darkness light, the dead alive

You are my Redeemer

Behold, behold

Behold what love can do

Behold, behold

He’s making all things new

We’ve been struck down,

we’re not destroyed

We’ve sown in tears,

we’ll reap in joy

We’ve been struck down,

we’re not destroyed

We’ve sown in tears,

we’ll reap in joy

My eyes are open

Behold, behold

Behold (behold), behold (behold)

Behold what love can do

Behold (behold), behold (behold)

He’s making all things new

Behold (behold), behold (behold)

Behold what love can do

Behold (behold), behold (behold)

He’s making all things new

He’s making all things new

He’s making all things new

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