No child lives without risk to challenging experiences. Whether it’s stress due to chronic poverty or distressful experiences in a devastating natural disaster, providing children with immediate and long-term emotional support can enable their recovery while fostering resilience.
Across the Democratic Republic of Congo, children face a wide array of risk factors, each with the potential to disrupt healthy social, emotional and physical development. According to the National Center for Children in Poverty, up to 90% of children and youth experience trauma, which can effect a child’s development.
Upright Kids Foundation offers several social and emotional learning programs to support children.
Children exposed to these kinds of programs have notable long-term academic outcomes. In addition, behavior programs, emotional distress, and drug use are all significantly lower for children who participate in social and emotional learning programs, and they are more likely to have positive attitudes toward themselves.