The Ragamuffin Project

The Ragamuffin Project is committed to the relief of emotional pain and psychological damage in children, adults and communities through Creative Arts Therapy. We work together with those who bring such relief to people who suffer around the world.
Nov 23, 2016

Lotus - Empowering Young Women in Cambodia

A group gathered today at ragamuffin to discover the power of creative writing as a means of expressing the things that are so ordinarily so hard to express in words.

Through the process of poem making  and letter writing profound insights emerged.
Such insights informed the processes of grief and brought great relief.
This gathered are working with vulnerable child who will benefit from this creative learning experience.
Ragamuffin is a place of inspiration and comfort
It empowers those who feel they have lost control of aspects of their lives.
It is a place of restoration and redemption and a place of peace.
Cambodian graduates from our arts therapy courses have been running a programme of care for extremely vulnerable young women. Girls who have been abandoned and ostracised. They have found a place where they belong. A place where they can be listened to as they recover a sense of dignity and self respect,m and the realisation that they are worthy members of society with a great deal to give.
Such examples are always so inspiring and humbling.
They are unforgettable.
Just as each individual is unforgettable.
They’re the reason we’re here.
We at Ragamuffin are committed to the relief of broken hearts and shattered lives - it is with your help that this is possible.
Aug 22, 2016

The impact of experiencing love and acceptance

Since the beginning of June this year, we have been delivering a self-development therapeutic training programme to a group of thirty young vulnerable women. They range in age from fourteen to nineteen years old and they come from complex background and have who suffered from sexual abuse, domestic violence, HIV, abandonment by family, and social stigma. Some of them are currently living in residential care and some have already been reintegrated to live independently or with their relatives. This project aims to improve their emotional resiliency, develop their inner strength, discover positive resources, and build up their self-confident to enable them to improve their quality life. Part of the programme also enable them to support younger peers and siblings as they share what they have learnt to many more children and act as role models and mentors.

So far, the group have been doing very well with and have formed a community that has profound care, understanding and support for each other. They have begun the journey of self-discovery to reflect on key themes such as ‘who I am’, stress management, inner strengths, and self-care. During the process, the girls shared their experience of how this support group has helped them to feel accepted, nurtured, and loved from the other girls and the therapy team. For example, one girl have said "this is the first time in my life that I have felt that my heart is  listened to and heard”. Another said “this course and my friends here have made me feel respected no matter what happened to me in the past, I now know it doesn’t matter how I look, I feel acceptable as I am. I have never imagine I could have ever feel this way as I am an orphan who lives with HIV and I often feel I do not deserve love or belong to anyone life".  We are now together on a very important journey to help the girls to continue their self-discovery, and to empower them to activate and vibrate love within their lives and with each other. With such an inspirational group, this programme aims to ripple out into the lives of all those around them as we actively engage them in building supportive, empowering and care-giving communities. Thank you for all your support.

May 26, 2016

Lotus - Empowering Young Women in Cambodia

“Lotus”

Ragamuffin Cambodia ‘Be Yourself’ Arts Therapy Service for Vulnerable Young Women

‘Be yourself’ project was established in 2012 as the fist Cambodian led Arts Therapy Project within Ragamuffin Cambodia. The aim of this project is to bring healing, nurturing, honoring, and celebrating the personal capacity, uniqueness, and self-care. The project is committed to providing a creative healing process for individuals and groups of young people and adults who have suffered from trauma and psychological challenges, in order to discover their essence of self, connectedness, growth, and to lead a good quality of life and relationships. Our project strongly believes in the power of self-connectedness that allows the young people to be themselves, to transform and celebrate their life, and other people. So far, our work in Cambodia, we have been working with many young people who have been suffering with psychological and physical trauma, attachment issue, chronic disease, poverty, suicidal ideation, depression, anxiety, and other types of abuse. Through out our work, we have learnt that there have been a significance lack of mental, spiritual and physical health care and support that caused by social stigma, domestic violence, and poverty in their communities. As a result, they found themselves very disempowered, worthless, and invisible in society.

It is changing times in Cambodia as there is a gradual move from residential care structures to community led initiatives for children and young people. Transitions are complex and have revealed a fundamental need for psychological support and creative approaches to building resillience. The Therapy team have been working with young women in such transition through the provision of individual and group arts therapy sessions. As a result of these sessions the team have been designing a training programme in order to provide a more intensive programme of support. The team have been engaged in intial sessions with individuals, assessment and liasion with local NGO's and curriculum design to enable the launch of the next phase.

For this new group, our project aims to provide the opportunity to 30 young women to receive in depth therapeutic care and support in collaboration with local NGO's in Cambodia for recruiting and referring clients.

Project: ‘Lotus’ A 12 week therapeutic course to empower young vulnerable women in Cambodia.

Aims: This project aims to redeem and develop their inner strength, discover positive resources for life, and build relationships to achieve the following:

  • To empower these young women to celebrate their inner strengths and life
  • To increase the self-esteem, self-discovery, and self-awareness
  • To have safe space and opportunity to express feelings in creative way with therapeutic space
  • To discover hopes and resources (better coping mechanism)
  • To nature the quality of life and to redeem the self-resilience and personal development

The reasons why this training will be an important transition for the girls because most of girls we have been working with have been through so much difficulties in their lives such as abandonment since childhood, discrimination, bullying, sexual abused, health issue, and complex attachment problem. All these problems have result both social and self-stigma in their life and have impacted in varies ways on both inter and intra personal relationship, well-being, self- esteem, confident, and quality of life. For example, some of girls were unable to take on or do well in their vocational training or at school though they were given the opportunity to be on the course due to issue of low self esteem and low-confident to learn or take on new things. Most of them have continued to lead their lives vulnerably or fail to achieve their goal after leaving their NGOs.


Throughout this special program, we do hope that it will give them the opportunity to bring remarkable changes into their life by helping them to discover their strengths, empower themselves, to bring more self awareness, to better nurture their lives, restore self-confidence, and redeem from their emotional wound that enable them to pass their support toward others. We believe that “when a person can find light within herself, she will be stronger and more resillient. Then they can also become the light for others or can help other people to find their light and hope too”.

 
   

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