From ROP Stories.
ROP Joins with Top American University. Posted on September 2, 2011 by Jenny Clover.
The Rwandan Orphans Project is pleased to announce a new collaboration with a top American university!
We have built links with the Rwanda Office of Tulane University and they have kindly loaned us Masters student Jonathan LaMare for three months.
Jonathan, 32, is a student on Tulane’s Master of Social Work programme at the university in New Orleans and as part of his certificate in Global Social Work he is joining the ROP from August until November. Originally from Plattsburgh, New York, Jonathan moved to New Orleans last year and has been working at the New Orleans AIDS Task Force doing HIV testing and counselling and working with chronically homeless populations.
Jonathan said: “I am excited to be in Rwanda and working with such a great organisation. I look forward to working with Elisabeth and the children and am grateful to ROP and Tulane for this amazing opportunity. I am certain we have much to learn from each other!”
Jonathan has already started his work with the ROP and is working closely with Elisabeth, the ROP’s newly employed social worker, helping her to build a solid programme to ensure our children receive the emotional care they need. Elisabeth is a recent graduate in clinical psychology from the National University of Rwanda and began working with us in July. Elisabeth is a busy woman because there are many important parts to her job:
o Counselling our children
o Building a comprehensive record keeping system
o Helping to rebuild relationships between our boys and what families they may have with a view to eventually reintegrating them
o Preparing older boys who are due to graduate for life outside
o Giving classes on life skills, such as money management, sexual health and gender equality.