Patrice Penney, a regular member of our parish, founded (2014) and directs the Initiative for Children at Risk Africa. She has worked in sub-Saharan Africa for close to 20 years, living in Kenya for 10.
The focus of ICARA is nurturing care of orphaned and vulnerable African children, in both orphanages and extended family and community care. These children have experienced a whole host of overwhelming losses and traumas including death of parents, abandonment, physical, emotional and sexual abuse, rape, child labor, loss of schooling, dislocation, poverty, and community violence. ICARA is passionately committed to caregiver training, with the goal of equipping caregivers to build secure bonds with children in their care, and help them heal from trauma.
ICARA teaches caregiving based in security and belonging, playful relational interactions to support healing, restorative discipline, and trauma-informed practices to help children regain emotional calm so they can learn, grow, and ultimately thrive. ICARA always partners with organizations “on the ground” caring for children, including government, church, school, and police, and is training African trainers to multiply the training focus regionally.
All proceeds from this concert will benefit the work of ICARA. Colorful African artisan made baskets will also be for sale before and after the concert in the gathering space. ICARA is a registered 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization.