Are you personally acquainted with families who went through divorce, lost a loved one or had to say goodbye to someone who has to work far from home for extended periods of time? If you do, are you aware that each and every child in these families experienced a life altering loss and is struggling to cope and deal with the resulting grief?
Grief not dealt with grows and festers and eventually erupts in destructive behaviour such as substance abuse, sexual promiscuity, aggressiveness, depression, suicide, etc.
Various studies conducted over years proved this again and again: “We now have an enormous amount of research on divorce and children, all pointing to the same stubborn truth: Kids suffer when moms and dads split up.” - Amy Desai, J.D. “The children of divorced parents can suffer the effects of the break-up well into their adult life, a report has found.” - 7 Nov 2012 www.telegraph.co.uk. “They found that the younger a child was at the time of the loss, the more likely they were to develop mental health problems, including anxiety, mood or substance abuse issues” - The Impacts of Parental Loss and Adverse Parenting on Mental Health: Findings From the National Comorbidity Survey-Replication. Psychological Trauma (2011).
RAINBOWS FOR ALL CHILDREN is an international organization with offices in 19 countries. We celebrate our 30th birthday this year, and with the newly established Chapter in South Africa we hope to make it a memorable year for the children in all our communities. In just 10 short months since the establishment of the SA Chapter, Rainbows managed to set up two sites - Dinamika High School, Alberton and Straatlig Children, Stellenbosch. At these sites over 50 children are already benefiting from the unique programs that guide youth through grief to emotional healing. Please visit our website at www.rainbows.org.za to find out more about RAINBOWS FOR ALL CHILDREN and our work.