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November 2013

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A Priority for At-Risk Children
Kevin's Story
Carla's Poetry
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A Priority for At-Risk Children
Children in Glasgow and Scotland's Western Highlands come from varied backgrounds. Points of origin include: the Gaelic-speaking community, Eastern Europe, Africa and  inner cities of Scotland. Our Sisters working in schools and counseling centers in the region promote programs and offer sessions that strengthen family ties, enhance a child's self-confidence and provide avenues of success at school. 
The bedrock of all our Sisters' efforts is our Congregational emphasis on education as a way out of poverty and a conduit to more creative, productive and satisfying lives.  
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Carla and Kevin Tell the Truth
Sister Gail Taylor conducts a play therapy session with a young client at the Notre Dame Centre.
Carla and Kevin are children with adult problems. Thanks to Sister Gail Taylor and the Notre Dame Centre in Glasgow, Scotland, both have developed coping skills and spiritual resources to help them deal with what has stalked them since birth: poverty, a  dysfunctional family life, neglect and violence. Our Sisters began working with children and adolescents like Carla and Kevin in the 1930s, when Sister Marie Hilda Marley pioneered a psychological therapeutic program for young people in western Scotland. Many children in the area are from poor families with unemployed or low-skilled parents earning minimum wage and suffering from addictions. Children such as Carla and Kevin suffer extraordinary hardships within this dynamic. They have important truths to tell. Please listen...    
by Kevin
I am 10 years old. I live with my gran because my mum is addicted to drugs and is in prison, and my dad died of an overdose. I have lived with my gran on and off since I was a baby. I often went back to my mum because she kept saying she was better and off drugs. I have two little sisters, but they were taken away as babies and are now in foster care. I sometimes wonder what I will do if something happens to my gran. She isn't really very well and last year she was in hospital for three weeks. Sometimes I help look after her. I have loved coming to see my play therapist every week at Notre Dame Centre. It's good to have a place to talk in private. My gran has also seen a social worker at Notre Dame and gets a lot of support too. It's something we do together.
by Carla

The kid is huddled on the floor. 
Waiting, watching, pleading 'no more.' 
The kid is naked, crying in pain.  
Don't move a muscle, they'll come again. 
The kid is tired, red, black and blue. 
Why won't you listen. She's calling you.  
The kid is angry, screaming, rage.
Open your eyes, this isn't a stage.
The kid's gone quiet. What has she done?
She opened her mouth, but you didn't come.
The kid broke the rule. Punishment, pain.
Quietly dying, begin the game.
The kid is me.
Could even be you.
Shut down all systems.
All you can do.