In any war or conflict, it is the children who are the most vulnerable and devastated. Children are the largest and fastest growing number of victims in the Syrian conflict. We are working to heal a whole generation of Syrian children from the deep and life draining trauma of violence. Our Social Health Care Program (SHC) expeditiously trains hundreds of local therapists in emergency trauma recovery skills. SHC can immediately provide trauma healing services now and into the future.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
Currently well over 2 million Syrians are displaced outside of Syria. Over half of these refugees are children, with most under the age of 11. Many have been documented to be severely traumatized with symptoms of bed wetting, obsessive anxiety about events witnessed, nightmares, and physical agitation. Services are virtually non-existent. Psychological trauma due to war and violence is often ignored. These unhealed communal wounds left untreated become fuel for future violence.
How will this project solve this problem?
SHC will be able to train hundreds in psychological support and treatment for traumatized children and adults. With this program, we can treat thousands and significantly reduce the long term impact of war and violence. By providing care and support to help the displaced rebuild community connections, we reduce both the emotional and physical consequences of traumatic stress. Refugees will be taught skills in stress management and psychological support they can share with neighbors.
Potential Long Term Impact
The certified SHC program is designed to build local capacity to heal from the trauma of war and displacement. By training large numbers in proven and culturally adapted professional treatment skills, SHC creates a grassroots mental health support system that is enduring. With this large pool of trained staff, thousands can receive the psychological care and support they need to heal the wounds of war. Addressing these wounds rather than let them fester, future violence can be reduced.
Total Funding Received to Date: $8,515
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $16,485
Total Funding Goal: $25,000