In partnership with JRS, we trained 16 leaders in the Northern Myanmar state of Kachin, which is in the midst of ongoing civil conflict. The 16 leaders leaders teach the teachers, villagers, catechists and children in the refugee camps and the orphanage. There are many people in Kachin whose homes have been invaded by either the military or the rebels. These people are pushed out of their homes and are left with no choice but to live in a refugee camp.
During the first 3 days of the 7 day workshop, the leaders in training learned the definition of human trafficking and were asked to find stories of human trafficking by interviewing others in the community. On the first day,
15 of the 16 participants could not think of any such stories but, by day three, every one of them, had stories of their own. The last day was practicum. Each new leader was teaching at the teachers training center, the orphanage or the refugee camp. All of them were critiqued and encouraged by their peers, allowing them to immediately put into practice what they had learned. This also allowed time for the new leaders to gain confidence in teaching since they had the safety net of their peers and CLinked during their first time teaching the new material. Soon they began to teach completely on their own.