Gloria Simoneaux, Rina Pratik, Lillian Obonyo: Harambee Arts Expressive Arts projects in Kenya and Nepal
Gloria Simoneaux, Rina Pratik, Lillian Obonyo: Harambee Arts Expressive Arts projects in Kenya and Nepal
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Thursday, August 18 6:00-8:30 pm edt


Expressive Arts projects in Kenya and Nepal: Community owned and led projects have huge impact with Harambee Arts

This workshop will familiarize you with the Harambee Arts Expressive Arts methodology that focuses on a culturally sensitive, collaborative, and relational approach to working with different societies around the world. Rina Pratik from Nepal and Lillian Obonyo from Kenya, both long time staff members of Harambee Arts, will lead exercises and be available to answer questions. Rina facilitates groups for young girls who have been rescued from trafficking, HIV+ women and those who have experienced domestic violence. Lillian is the Country Director of Harambee Arts program in Kenya, overseeing and supervising three sites: Langata Women’s’ Prisons,  Mathare Special school for special needs children, and Kibera slums, offering art therapy to children.  They will share their innate wisdom, lessons learned and how expressive arts has supported them to become empowered and courageous members of their community.

LILLIAN OBONYO has a background in clinical nursing. She is a Senior Counsellor and a child therapist, currently a certified Addiction professional ICAP III and mental health practitioner. Lilian is well rounded and has vast experience (20 years) in counseling psychotherapy. Her career began as a clinical nurse. Currently she is working with the ministry of Health; Government of Kenya. While in the clinical practice, she developed a passion in counselling. She then undertook a Bachelor’s Degree in Counselling studies at the University of Manchester UK. Additionally, she holds Higher Diploma Certificates in relevant counseling courses from different institutions, as well as a Diploma in HIV management from Kenyatta University, Child Counselling from Amani Counselling Centre, a Diploma Certificate in trauma management from WITS University and Various Certificates in Expressive Art, Play, Drama and Music Therapy. She is also pursuing a master’s degree in Forensic counseling, USIU. She is the Country Director of Harambee Arts program in Kenya, overseeing and supervising three sites namely; Langata Women’s’ Prisons where she facilitates psychosocial group of women living with HIV and serving their sentence, Mathare Special school for special needs children and Kibera slums where they offer art therapy to children. Since the year 2020 to date, she has been offering PFA to Corona patients and their relatives. Since the pandemic she has led Harambee Arts Kenya (staff) in creating community awareness, hand washing points, distribution of free masks and food distribution to the community. In addition, she participates in several international programs and conferences. Currently she is supposing the initiative of distributing the coloring workbook to children in Kenya through Harambee Arts.

Gloria Simoneaux, MA, REAT  is founding director of Harambee Arts (, an expressive arts organization and training program based in sub-Saharan Africa and Nepal. Harambee Arts is designed to serve children and women globally who have been traumatized by illness, poverty, violence, trafficking, autistic spectrum disorder and other crises. Gloria taught Expressive Arts to counselors in Nairobi as a Fulbright scholar, affiliated with the Kenya Association of Professional Counselors. She is the Founder of DrawBridge: An Arts Program for Homeless Children, has worked with pediatric oncology patients in San Francisco hospitals and is currently a consultant with Save the Children, Railway International and other international NGOs. She will be working in Dominica as a Fulbright scholar in 2021.

Rina Pratik is a Safe Home Coordinator of Shakti Samuha, the first organization in the world established and run by survivors of human trafficking. When she was age 14 she was trafficked to India. In that time she faced so many problems like social stigma, stress and she felt emotionally weak. In 2012 she met Gloria and Harambee Arts and she learned so many things; how to manage anger and stress and especially about the meaning of her life. She took Harambee Arts as medicine and now she is an Expressive Arts Facilitator.  In this long journey she found her own family. She could cry, she could be angry and share the story of her life. Currently she is working with survivors of sexual violence, children with downs syndrome and girls rescued from human trafficking. Her dream is to be very strong working with trafficking survivors as she also suffered the same kinds of problem while she was trafficked. 


This workshop is part of our 2022 Professional Development Expressive Arts Training Series

In the full series, expressive arts professionals from around the world will present live to share their exciting work and expertise in the field with you. We invite you to register for as many workshops as you would like or sign up for all of them with the Full Bundle. Workshops will be held live, online via Zoom with an online learning platform to make access to all of your courses easy.

$50 per session or $450 for the bundle (save price of 2)

  • 11, 2.5 hour live, interactive training workshops, with both didactic and experiential content presented by a widely diverse and expert practitioners
  • An opportunity for Q&A with the presenters
  • Unlimited access to the recordings, following the live workshops. Please note: To ensure participant confidentiality, the recordings will include the didactic content, but not the participant sharing.
  • Unlimited access to any handouts or resources that the presenter shares as part of the workshop.
  • Certificate of completion for each workshop. (We are a Florida CEU provider for LMHC, LCSW, LMFT. You can submit your certificate to your own CEU Board).



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