We sat down with CT KASA Youth Coordinator Emily Ball to tell us more about her experience with KASA.
1) How did you hear about CT KASA and what made you think about joining?
I initially was involved in KASA since 2005 at the age of 13. I had heard about the organization originally through a friend of mine. The original KASA disbanded in 2013. I learned of the new group in 2015 through Nanfi Lubogo. Originally, I would say because my parents thought it was a good idea, but more recently because I missed being involved with such an empowering organization and was happy for the opportunity.
When you’re the caregiver for a young child, you are their whole world. You are one of the people they trust the most, a safety net that they can rely on when the rest of the world seems a little strange or different. This is precisely how a homesick child will likely feel.
As a caregiver, you may encounter a homesick child in a variety of settings, such as:
In any one of these situations, the first place you start is compassion — but, as a caregiver, this is something you already know. How to address this specific child’s homesickness with compassion, while also helping them move through these emotions, may take a little time. The first step is understanding exactly what homesickness is and where it’s coming from.