Art sessions for Healing
Special Needs + Mental Health
Peace Building + Intergration
Our hugely successful Psychosocial Support classes have been professionally designed and presented to engage and inspire young minds, heal the trauma of war, and help young refugee children to cultivate dreams of a bright, confident future.
Art Therapy for PTSD
We have been working collaboratively to provide art support to Syrian children for over 18 months , with huge success.
Our trained staff have created and directed activities such as the "Nomadic Heroes" and "Fantastic Heroes" projects for Ortahisar's Syrian children, who are o often traumatized, withdrawn, and socially excluded, to highlight their potential and give them the visibility,personal strength, and healing they deserve.
Our most successful project to date has been the 'Wishing Tree' Project (pictures of which feature on our home page).This project asked the children to articulate, dream, and wish for a brighter future for themselves and their loved ones.The improvements in the refugee childrens' behavior, desire to speak, and general well-being has been enormous.
See Our Blog for an update on all our projects
Faced with an ongoing war, many of our refugee children and families suffer ongoing mental health problems that include depression, withdrawal and anxiety.International studies indicate that 45% of all Syrian refugees suffer some form of psychological problems as they have often faced hardship,hunger,loss,death,separation,extortion and abuse..
War-torn children are particularly vulnerable through direct trauma exposure as well through their parents' responses.In spite of the overwhelming trauma, Syrian children are so resilient.They smile, play and adapt quickly.The same child who drew a picture of death and bombs will be drawing flowers, and happy faces after a few sessions of art classes. He or She can grow up to become a doctor, a teacher, or an engineer..
We have staff trained in psychosocial and special needs support who are dedicated to creating a brighter future for all our refugee families.
Peace Building + Intergration
One of our greatest challenges in smaller communities is to encourage peace building and integration between local and refugee populations.What was once seen by local Turkish people as temporary help and assistance has been strained as the Syrian war continues for a 7th year and refugees take up roots in communities that themselves are challenged by lack of employment and lack of available housing etc Coupled with an inability to communicate or intergrate, tensions and conflicts that arise need to be addressed in a positive and long term manner.
Our first Food Diplomacy Project has already been very successfully implemented with Syrian woman and local Turkish woman collaborating and cooking together for a highlighted program of food related events.
With a grant from the NZ Embassy in Ankara a hugely successful Puppet Theater collaboration between our local Turkish school students and refugee children was attended by local officials and both Turkish and Syrian families and was a first of what we hope will be many similar projects to encourage the intergration of children and to positively impact the attitudes of both groups of parents..We are currently working on taking the Puppet Theater 'on the road 'to district schools and refugee centres
See Our Blog for updates on all our projects