Teacher Support

Hermanus

Community Upliftment

I have spent many years volunteering in disadvantaged areas, especially with primary school children. I have worked with many children, so strong yet broken, struggling with rejection, shame, abuse, and disregard. Many parents didn't show up to arranged meetings, and some actually arrived high or drunk. I worked with children who were beaten for bedwetting, who were at school despite a parent that had passed away the day before, or children that hadn't eaten for days. Children who were sexually abused and many children who had never known gentle touch. Often these kids would come to school without jerseys or shoes, despite it being deep winter. They would be so desensitized, unable to even feel the cold. 

 

I did numerous projects with these children and they crept deep into my heart. Much of my therapy wasn't even counselling but entailed just sitting on the floor with them, reading basic stories while they pile on and around my lap, and enjoyed the gentle, genuine attention. I worked with the 'naughty' children, the ones who were kicked out of class daily. The problem is that these 'naughty' children are the ones actually most desperate, the children most in need of extra love and affirmation to undo the shame identity and unlovability they fear.

 

What really stood out for me was that at the end of the day the teachers were the ones with the most influence on children, as they often spend more time with the kids than the parents can (either because of parents working, being inebriated, or general absenteeism). But these teachers are also inundated with their own turmoils, tough environments and overextended classes (and work expectations). I have (many times) seen one teacher with over 50 children in a class. The 'normal' class is difficult to handle, but when you have 50 children, of which many come from broken or struggling homes, you have a very serious situation in your hands.  

 

Since realizing the incredible impact teachers can have on a child's life, I believe by offering the teachers' support and help, one can indirectly, reach far more children. Because of this, I would like to offer free counselling to the teachers at our disadvantaged schools. BWRT also allows me to heal old wounds much quicker than traditional counselling, thereby allowing me to help more teachers. My goal is to give 3 free sessions to teachers a week. 

 

I do other community projects and keep my services at a low rate, I would really appreciate any support for this initiative. If you would like to donate towards it, please make a payment in PAYPAL (tehillanicole@gmail.com), or contact me at tehillaluttig@pm.me. For $35 you can sponsor a session! Or $420 can sponsor a month. That's 12 sessions - depending on the needs could be up to 12 teachers you've helped!

You can put your name as reference or "Teacher Support".

I also offer First Responders free sessions. Three sessions per month. 

 

THANK YOU!

29, 7th Avenue, Voelklip, HERMANUS

Western Cape, South Africa

Hermanus Relationship Clinic

tehillaluttig@pm.me

Tel: +27- (0)83-639-3339

Also available online

Registered Private Practice Counsellor 

Pr No 0538396 Reg No PRC0016837  

(Hons. BSocSci Psychology - UCT 2007)