There’s no debate that children learn and grow best through play. The same can be said when it comes to how they express and process their emotions. Children who go through traumatic events or struggle with mental and emotional disabilities oftentimes find it difficult to both understand and relay how they feel so they can properly heal. Our solution to this is our Imani Doll Project.
This project works with volunteer crocheters who create beautiful dolls for multicultural children as a way to connect and heal from past trauma and emotional struggles. As a team of survivors ourselves, we provide these resources and tools to therapists and children to ensure they can learn, grow, and heal fully.
"As a therapist I have used play therapy with children who have experienced trauma. Play therapy works…by allowing the child to guide the therapeutic process and as the child feels more comfortable, the therapist is invited into the play session."
"When children have healthy reflection of themselves, they feel more grounded, more established, and more accepted. Multicultural therapy dolls are incredibly important because representation informs children about their unique identity."
Candice is a Nebraska native that currently has a store of her own on Etsy. She is a mother, wife, entrepreneur, and lover of cats. Candice is a woman of strong faith and has a passion to help heal individuals that are struggling with self-esteem challenges. She often promotes self-love, creating, and celebrating your gifts.
Shamirah is a special needs advocate for adults and children who have been diagnosed with mental, emotional, and physical disabilities. She, herself has had many personal challenges with mental, emotional, and physical health. She has been crocheting for 12 years, which was cathartic for her healing process from childhood trauma.
Christina is California born, but Nebraska raised. She has been crocheting for about 2 years and it all started when Christina found out that her sister was pregnant - wanting to make something special that she could hold on to. From there, her creations have ranged from hats, baby booties, scarves, and dolls.
Bridget was taught to crochet by her grandmother over twenty years ago. Since then she's crocheted everything from hats and scarves to toys and even an umbrella. She was excited to hear about this project and wanted to help because she believes that toys can be a comfort and companion for children.
Jayma became a part of the Imani Project as a crocheter because she loves the idea of helping multicultural children who need emotional support dolls to assist them with their emotional development and psychological improvement of their self-esteem by seeing their culture be emulated with the dolls of color.
Anna is an aspiring doctor, christian, wife, and natural giver to those in need. Her ministry is focused on providing health resources to underprivileged people. She once had a vision of being a medical care provider in third world countries. She crochets out of love in God's name.
Kim is the creator of Pumpkin Rose Crochet. She has been crocheting for over 3 years. Kim believes that God blessed her with this wonderful gift as crochet has literally been her lifesaver as she struggled through depression. Kim’s crochet helps her enjoy life through a whole different venue.