EMDR Bolivia: Project Martina

$10,955 of $12,500 goal

Raised by 79 people in 40 months
In 1994, when Ken Grant and Esly Carvalho , lived in La Paz, a young Bolivian girl, 10-year-old Martina, was so savagely raped in her own bed, she died of hemorrhaging. In spite of our best efforts, we were never able to bring the killer to justice. Unfortunately, the culture of violence and the resulting trauma continues to affect almost everyone: its people, families and communities in this poverty-stricken country. Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a new and scientific form of psychotherapy approach (one of two approved by the World Health Organization for treating trauma) that can help break that cycle of violence and heal the trauma. Project Martina needs your help to make a difference.

We are seeking to train EMDR professionals in Bolivia to help break the cycle of violence, and heal the trauma. (See Rolf Carriere’s TED talk: Heal the Trauma, Heal Humanity).  The team of EMDR Iberoamérica  has committed to help organize, oversee and accredit the training workshops offered by duly certified trainers. Gregory Rake, an NGO executive living in Cochabamba, will coordinate the program as EMDR Bolivia .

Esly Carvalho, Ph.D . (president of EMDR IBA 2007-2010;2010-2013 and EMDR Institute/EMDR IBA Trainer of Trainers) went to Bolivia last year to train a small group as a pilot project, but in order to move ahead with training a larger group in the three major cities, we need your help. The average monthly salary for a psychologist is less than $300 whereas the basic EMDR training is about $500.

By donating, you can be part of this movement and your donation will make an ongoing difference in the lives of many who will then have access to the healing power of EMDR. Plans are in the works to network with other organizations so that our “reach” is greater still. We are also looking to raise up a generation of Bolivian therapists - our "boots on the ground”- who will eventually take over and organize the training workshops themselves. The biggest challenge we face is making the training accessible to those professionals who, in turn, will treat people where it is most needed. These are the people on the front lines, who deal with the impact of violence, abuse and trauma. If we can treat this generation, especially the children, we may be able to see a new generation come forth that doesn’t carry the ravages of violence, trauma and abuse, a generation that does not mirror what happened to Martina. All donations count, no matter how small.

Help us end the trauma and abuse. Help us break the cycle of violence.
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Yes, I said no more posts, however, there was another donation and during the first days of December, we were privileged to have Lucina Artigas from México facilitate an Advanced training for 19 EMDR therapists on the topic of Children and Adolescents. This will help immensely as they work to heal and prevent more cases like Martina. Thanks again to all of you for making this possible.
Belén introducing Lucy
The Participants from 4 cities
Lucina Artigas
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We started this project with a story about Martina who is unfortunately, just one horrible example of the violence and abuse in Bolivia. The project has been designed to change that situation. In two and a half years you have helped us get started and we are now on the way of healing the suffering and trauma of thousands of people. In turn, this will help break the terrible cycle of violence and suffering.
Part of the DNA of EMDR is providing humanitarian services and earlier this year a group of EMDR psychologists began providing services to those who otherwise would not have access to therapy. Through the judicial system, churches, schools and other organizations they are serving older adults, perpetrators of violent crimes, victims and children and their care-givers. It is an inspirational beginning and our hopes and dreams, through our actions, is that we are preventing more cases like Martina! Mil gracias!!!
PS. This is our last post. We will keep the page open for a week and then we will close it. If you want more information or on-going updates, please write me.
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Congratulations to the newest groups of EMDR trained therapists in Santa Cruz! Today marks an important step in their service to others. And they are on their way to successfully treating people that suffer from trauma. Thanks Glenda and Belén for your excellent training skills!
The newest group of EMDR therapists!!!
From a previous course, still learning!
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Sustainability: the success of Project Martina will be that the work continues beyond this initial effort. One part of this is for the Bolivian EMDR therapists to form their national Association. It requires time, money and sacrifice. Thankfully, a few months ago several therapists in Santa Cruz and Cochabamba committed to this process and they are making great progress.
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$10,955 of $12,500 goal

Raised by 79 people in 40 months
Created August 18, 2015
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Esly Carvalho
11 months ago (Offline Donation)

In honor of AJ Popky

13 months ago
Walter De Jongh
14 months ago

Good luck with EMDR!

Rick Jaech
14 months ago

Thank you for your great work and ministry. I felt very honored to be able to help.

Mike Cederberg
14 months ago

Keep up the good work Greg!!!!

Maureen McNeal
18 months ago (Offline Donation)

Mil gracias, Maureen, for your generous gift!

Phyllis Owens
18 months ago (Offline Donation)

Thanks Phyllis for your generous gift!!!

Adela Springer
20 months ago (Offline Donation)

Gracias Adela...seguimos adelante con tu apoyo!

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