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  • Neelley Hicks

Helping the Helpers Help Others

Updated: Jan 5

She couldn’t sleep at night. The weight lay heavy on her chest because of the loss of her son at the hands of a murderer. Grace was suffering. Professional mental healthcare services are out of reach to her, but the loving community surrounding her wanted to help.


There is more good in this world than bad. Some people not only agree to help - it is their life’s purpose to help others. In Grace’s case, the helpers around her needed the knowledge and training to reach her in the midst of her trauma.


TAMAR (Trauma, Addiction, Mental health And Recovery) is a program developed by the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors that Harper Hill Global has adopted throughout our global faith networks in the USA and abroad. Within faith communities, we find generations of people who care about repairing the world and honoring the divine spark within us all. We provide resources and training (both free) that help the helpers help others.


Grace learned that bearing the weight of an unforgiving heart harmed her more than it harmed the murderer. She works through forgiveness each day, but the weight is diminishing from her life, and she has regained the ability to sleep.


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A young woman was at risk of maternal and infant mortality during the course of her pregnancy. Those around her believed she wasn’t praying correctly or that someone around her was practicing witchcraft.


She heard the song MAMA WA MIMBA on public radio and sought help from the Shungu Clinic. There, she learned about hypertension and how it can increase the chance of death among pregnant women. Her blood pressure was tested, and Dr. Patrick Ilunga Kilunji put her on aspirin therapy to reduce her chances of preeclampsia. She survived pregnancy and shares the story of preventing hypertension with her family and friends. She learned that hypertension is not caused by witchcraft but by a physical illness that can be prevented and treated.



By partnering with Colleagues in Care, Harper Hill Global is able to save the lives of women like Mwange.


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Harper Hill Global’s programs bring hope and health. In each community throughout the world, there are helpers - people who care about embodying the love of God and helping others heal from the woundedness they suffer.


You can be a helper to those around you. Our programs are free to use, and training is provided. Triumph Over Trauma and Hearts United for Health have easy-to-find resources that help you help others.


Get in touch today if you would like to work with us to strengthen health and hope!


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