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Feb 6, 2018

An inspiring evolution

Dear friends,

 

During the past three months we have focused on the psychological support in the camps.

We have focused on this component of the project from the beginning and have witnessed a great amount of enthusiasm from the families and children to this kind of support. 

This popularity was mostly linked to the fact that most of our beneficiaries had to flee their country origin in haste, due to war and different kinds of violence. Most experienced a lot of trauma and distress through their journey to come here. Our psychological support program helps them to release a lot of the accumulated stress from their past.

We started by carrying out activities for children created and lead by our animators and psychologist. The first results appeared to have an impact on their behaviors; they seemed calmer, safer and more able to trust their relatives and others.

We also started to provide group psychological sessions and individual meetings for the most extreme and urgent cases (suicide attempt or violence).

We recently hired a new psychologist and are now able to put in the necessary effort for individual therapy. It’s still too soon to evaluate those sessions, but the so far we have seen progress (judging from the beneficiary’s feedback). We have also noticed that more and more parents and families are coming to us spontaneously, in order to make appointments with the psychologist. This proves that our efforts in this area are remedial and necessary for our beneficiaries.

 

Thanks to you, we have the opportunity to help more and more vulnerable and marginalized people despite the difficulty to fulfill growing needs and demands.

On behalf of the whole Insan team, we wish to thank you wholeheartedly for providing us with the means of achieving our goals.

 

Warm regards,

Insan team

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Oct 24, 2017

An engaging new step

Dear friends,

 

With the summer holidays, we decided to slightly adapt our project for this period. 

During those three months, we spent more time on educative activities to prepare the children to go back to school. We also managed some basic learning activities for the youngest to help them to successfully integrate a Lebanese school.

We kept the usual formula, but we spent more attention to the educational activities (learning the alphabet, basic mathematics…) and worked with the families to provide a social and legal support to assist and advise them to enroll their children in a local school, as far as possible.

Meantime, we also develop the psychosocial support. We hired a new psychologist to face the demand and develop the psychological component. We’re aiming to develop this part during the next year, especially by increasing the number of group consultation with the children and the families.

We will also hire a new animator during the next week to develop the play activities. As mentioned in a previous report, we’re hoping to start a theatre workshop with the children.

On behalf of the whole Insan team, we wish to thank you wholeheartedly for providing us with the means of achieving our goals.

Warm regards,

 

Insan team.

Jul 20, 2017

A promising future

Dear friends,

In a few weeks we will celebrate the first birthday of our project.

We have made a lot of progress during the past year and it’s time to evaluate our actions.

After carrying out a needs assessment in various refugee camps and realizing the extent of unmet need, we sent the Mobile Unit for the first time in the Beqaa valley.

At the beginning, we only focused on the psychosocial support with a team of psychologist, animator and social worker. The aim was to prepare the ground for the medical support and to gain the inhabitant trust.

A few months later, we were able to start the medical consultation, distribute some medicine, treat and prevent the spreading of some diseases, organize awareness sessions on health related topics, inform the families on their rights and procedures to be supported by the UNHCR…

Despite our forecast, the medical support wasn’t the most expected help among the refugees. Indeed, the psychosocial support was more popular within the families and children. Because most of them had to flee their country origin in haste, they experienced a lot of trauma and important distress.

To fill this demand and needs, we developed our psychosocial activities more than initially foreseen, especially those including children. The first results promptly appeared with an impact on the children’s behaviors; calmer, safer and more able to trust their relatives and others.

We adapted our approach and activities according to their needs and the different realities and challenges faced in each refugee camp, especially the forced relocation. 

We managed to create different sub-projects accordingly to the possibilities in the different camps. The last one aimed to train a group of 15 unmarried female teenagers about women empowerment and child protection. We already have some ideas for the next one: the writing and representation of a play!

During the past 6 months, Insan has been able to:

-       To entertain through psychosocial activities more than 300 children in 4 different refugee camps

-       Bring a medical support through consultation to 100 adults and 100 children.

-       Raise awareness through various health related session in 4 refugee camps

This project is very challenging for us. It was our first step in the Beqaa valley and the first time we included the physical health component in our project.

After a year, we’re glad and proud of our impact on our beneficiaries’ life, but we fully acknowledge that none of this would have been possible without your help, care and support.

On behalf of the whole Insan team, we wish to thank you wholeheartedly and hope to find you by our sides for the beginning of this promising second year.

Warm regards,

Insan Team 

 
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