How do you respond to the flat tires in your life? To the loss of a job? To serious illnesses? How do you respond to the death of loved ones? How do you bounce back?
Coping is defined as escaping the challenges that confront oneself. Luzze writes that the children living in a child-headed households can cope better than we think they can, particularly with the right amount of adult support.
The problem is that children in child-headed households often lack adult support and supervision. But this blog is not about children who are just coping.
These children that I am trying to introduce to you have a resiliency way beyond their years! Resilience is the act of rebounding or springing back after being stretched or pressed, or recovering strength, spirit, and good humor.
Pictured here is a very resilient little girl. She attends St. Lucy School in Adigrat, Ethiopia. The school allows the young children to complete their elementary school education for free while also learning a trade. This very resilient young girl is showing the Sisters her handwork that will be sold. She will receive her earnings that will help raise her 3 younger siblings! St. Lucy School will continue to educate her and hundreds like her until she is old enough to live on her own with her younger brothers and sisters.
The challenge is all about helping the head of the CHH promote their own resiliency to their siblings so that they become more resilient themselves.
Are you resilient? You can’t help these kids unless you are!