To train local communities, in orphanages, schools, institutions and homes, to build attachments through play, with traumatised children


APP is happening in many orphanages in Nakuru, Kenya and changed the lives of many hundreds of children.


Play Kenya needs to train more trainers throughout Kenya so this much needed intervention can support more traumatised children and their carers.


APP will be delivered in orphanages, hospitals, schools and institutions. For this to continue to develop we need to train more trainers

£50 will put a carer through their basis APP training

£300 will purchase training materials for 12 APP practitioners

£1,000 will train a carer in therapeutic skills

£18,000 will train 30 local staff as Play Therapists!

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We train in orphanages, schools, and prisons.  Play Kenya works with abused and traumatised children in some of the orphanages in Nakuru. Trained Play and Filial therapists train staff to carry out a structured Attachment Play Program based on the essence of Filial Therapy. In this program the local staff, those who spend their days with the children, learn skills designed to allow and develop an attachment with the children in their care. This is important in so many ways. If children are never allowed to address the abandonment and trauma of their early lives, they will really struggle to develop healthy attachments in their lives. They may continue to be wary and mistrustful or totally unboundaried in their relationships with others. By helping these children we are hopefully giving them the chance to become good friends, good husbands and wives and worthwhile members of their communities. Children who have experienced abuse carry enormous guilt and shame and often feel it is their fault that the abuse happened. One of the ways we can help these resilient young children is by inter-subjectively reliving their shame. We can do this through an attachment play program

Some results have been outstanding. The children have been able to develop relationships within their institution, made friendships and begun accessing their education.