More CWS STAR Workshops in Africa; Potential for STAR in Central America

Ivan DeKam, CWS ERP international response staff, and Barry Hart, Eastern Mennonite University, facilitated a Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience (STAR) program workshop last week in Conakry, Guinea, for representatives from the member churches of the Council of Churches of Guinea. This is the third country in West Africa that STAR training has been offered.

That training occurred as Don Tatlock, CWS ERP international response staff, and Elaine Zook- Barge, Mennonite Central Committee-Eastern Mennonite University, recently completed a series of listening/dialogue sessions as part of an assessment mission. The team met with partners in Nicaragua, El Salvador and Guatemala to determine the need for STAR workshops in the Central America region. After the assessment, Martin
Coria, CWS Social and Economic Development Program Associate, joined Tatlock on a site-visit to a CWS/Foods Resource Bank project in Guatemala.