The Comfort Doll Project
When orphans first come to school, they are often not mentally prepared to learn. At this stage in their young lives they are grieving the loss of their parent. These times also include fear of the unknown, loneliness, anger, depression, hunger and illness. Unfortunately, our littlest orphans find it very difficult to deal with academic stress while coping with nightmares and psychological trauma.
At Nyaka, our goal is not only to care for our children's academic and nutritional needs, but to care for our children's psychological and emotional needs, as well. We offer various ways to help every student grow into confident, inspired young adults. One of those ways is the Comfort Doll Project. Not only do these dolls help our children adapt to school life, they help them cope with all they must endure on a day-to-day basis.
The Comfort Doll Project is a collaborative project initiated by Barbara Kroberger from Pennsylvania Friends of Nyaka and carried on by loving people across America. Over the years, hundreds of volunteers have made precious dolls with love for our littlest students, including the good people at The Unity Church of Girard, Ohio's Prayer Shawl Ministry and New Castle Knitter's Group.
These groups have collectively made 60 Comfort Dolls and 30 newborn caps for our littlest ones to reduce infant mortality rates by keeping in the warmth for the first weeks after birth. Visit their website where they talk more about what they are doing to help our students.
Click to see images of our children enjoying their Comfort Dolls and the people who have made them.
Please note we are no longer accepting Comfort Dolls at this time due to the overwhelming recent response we've received. We are in the process of creating new knitting and crocheting projects that will help our students and grandmothers. Please check back for more information.