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November 9, 2016

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We’ve got the Center! After navigating a web of logistics, Kites in Mumbai was able to rent this great little flat as the launch pad for its Life Transition program.  Located just a couple minutes from a local train station, it will be easily accessible to both orphanage graduates and our excellent volunteers.

Kites is basing its interventions here on a Therapeutic Mentoring system. Each care leaver will have a Mentor who helps assess their needs, develop their goals, and meet their goals in spiritual, social, emotional, physical, educational, vocational, housing, and legal areas.  Kites is also building a peer support network, so that orphanage graduates can support each other as they transition. And to top it off, Kites is raising up community volunteers to step in and provide some of that crucial sense of connection and family.

At this spot, we will be able to welcome graduates and build trusting relationships with them.  Can’t you just picture a group of young people gathered on the couches, encouraging one another as they search for jobs?  Or, a Mentor meeting one on one with a struggling young adult and providing that listening ear and caring heart?

As you can see, the Center is still in its early days…the plastic isn’t even off the chairs yet! Will you help us furnish and staff it?

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One of the challenges that almost every orphanage we work with faces is conflict among its staff members. As everyone knows, conflict in the work place is a normal part of life. And when you work long hours in close quarters with lots of children and teens, the opportunities for conflict grow exponentially! Staff often leave orphanages because of unresolved conflict; and witnessing conflict among their caregivers can negatively affect the children as well.

Kites Nashik conducts a group therapy course that focuses on learning positive conflict resolution strategies. We just recently completed the course in an orphanage. This personal testimony shows just how important the group therapy can be.

“After having participated in this group therapy, I now take time to understand the other person and the reason behind their behavior. I try to analyze the situation before saying anything. I have learned to control myself, and to compromise, and not let the feeling of anger last for a long time.”

Another caregiver said, “I have learned how conflict affects me. I have learned when to pause in a conflict, and when to speak, and how to handle a situation of conflict better. As a team, this group therapy has been very helpful for all of our team members. The conflict among us has reduced, and now we take time to understand one another better. Now we focus less on ourselves and our conflicts, and we can give more time and effort to help the children.”

Here at Kites, it thrills us to hear those words! Caregivers who are equipped and trained are making life better for orphans.

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