A fundamental arm of Sethule activity is to support orphans to reintegrate into society. To this end, Sethule has established regular bereavement counselling sessions and psychosocial support for young children using the ‘Tree of Life’ Method, which helps children to describe their previously hidden emotions and reactions through drawing. For older children the innovative system known as Emotional Logic is used; this looks at emotions as a natural result of loss and attempts to organize and understand these emotions in order better to deal with loss, and achieve restoration.
Bereavement Counselling is carried out for c.30 children per session. Both foster grandparents and children receive counselling, where specially trained counselors are able to help them come to terms with their grief, and thus come to an understanding of their situation. Sethule’s aim is that each orphan receives two bereavement counselling sessions. So far 570 children have received counselling; the effects on school performance and community re-integration have been dramatic.
See also The Emotional Logic Centre.