May 12, 2020

Progress report: How's it going?

We launched our project on the International UN Day of Social Justice on 20th February 2020. Very soon, we identified one refugee to provide long term counselling, psychotherapy, psychological and psychosocial support. This individual is fleeing persecution from his community in Pakistan and is awaiting help in Bosnia. We want to help him as best as we can and many others like him fleeing Syria, Iraq and Libya. This is a long term project.

Why?

We want to reach as many people as we can who are living in the camps. Refugees and asylum seekers are fleeing conflict, economic poverty and human rights abuses. As a nation that has experienced war, we at, Wings of Hope, understand the plight and strength of our guests and we want to help. In the camps, there is no access to mental health support which is desperately needed to help with anxiety, depression, externalising disorders and trauma from fleeing home.

So, how is it going?

We were in the process of identifying more individuals to assist and coordinating a means for them to safely access our service when a worldwide pandemic hit Bosnia.

COVID-19 has halted our efforts to assist asylum seekers and refugees. To ensure the safety of our staff, we have temporarily moved operations online and are providing a virtual service. With limited to no internet access in the camps, we are deeply saddened that the current pandemic means we can’t provide the full holistic psychotherapy and psychosocial support to refugees and asylum seekers as we initially intended with this project. Furthermore, since March 2020, the government has imposed restrictions on the movement of refugees and moved them into temporary reception centres. Both these measures are in place by the government to prevent and limit the spread of COVID-19. We plan to resume normal operations in a post-pandemic world. In the meantime, we are very grateful for all the donations and accepting donations so we can get going when the pandemic has passed us. We can’t thank our supporters enough for thinking of us during this time. 

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Dec 9, 2019

Project report: Free Mental Health provision for 42 individuals - #40518

During 2019, Foundation Wings of Hope continued activities and services in the field of psychotherapy and counseling, encompassed by its multi-systemic integrative model of work (cooperation between a psychiatrist, psychotherapists, psychologists, social workers, pedagogues, teachers, and legal aid). With the 9580 USD received through Global Giving, Foundation Wings of Hope will be able to provide 350 free therapy sessions for adults and children.  

The Foundation’s model of a multi-systemic integrative approach to the needs of our clients is well-suited for both adults and children. Additionally, we have a child and adolescent-integrative psychotherapist as part of the Wings of Hope team. Most of our clients are referred from previous clients, internet forums, our partners’ schools, Centres for Mental Health, Centres for Social Work, and also from other colleagues/professionals from different institutions. In November 2019, The Cantonal Center for Social work gave public recognition to Fondation Wings of Hope as one of the top three free of charge services providers in Sarajevo Canton.  

Our multi-systemic approach and the availability of different services make WoH the first choice compared to public institutions, which are usually overwhelmed by the number of people seeking help. Furthermore, WoH is able to provide services to those who either do not have insurance or are unable to otherwise pay for services themselves. 

WoH’s self-evaluation and therapist evaluation questionnaires for 2019 showed that 92% of clients expressed trust in their therapist. 88% of clients report positive behavioral changes related to their psychotherapy goals. Additionally, 65% of clients feel very strongly connected to their environment, friends, and family, and 58% of clients strongly agreed with the statement that they have improved decision-making skills and are overall able to function better in society and everyday life.

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Sep 9, 2019

First 6 months in 2019

During 2019, Foundation Wings of Hope continued activities and services in the field of psychotherapy and counselling, encompassed by its multi-systemic integrative model of work (cooperation between psychiatrist, physiotherapist, physiologist, social worker, pedagogues, teachers, legal aid ) . The Foundation’s model of a multi-systemic integrative approach to the needs of the project participants both attracts the attention of adult clients and also helps to grow the number of children included in psychotherapy and counselling sessions. Most of our clients are referred from previous clients, internet forums, our partners’ schools, Centres for Mental Health, especially Novi Grad and Vogošca, Centres for Social Work, and also from other colleagues/professionals from different institutions.

Our multi-systemic approach and the availability of different services makes WoH the first choice compared to public institutions, which are usually overwhelmed by the number of people seeking help. On the other side, WoH is able to provide services to those who either do not have insurance or fall through a legal loophole as laws establishing the standardisation and recognition of psychotherapy do not exist. 

WoH’s self-evaluation questionnaire for 2019 showed that 92% of project participants expressed trust in their therapist. 88% of project participants report positive behavioural changes related to their psychotherapy goals (62% of project participants report very significant changes and 31% significant changes). Additionally, 65% of project participants feel very strongly connected to their environment, friends, and family and 58% of project participants strongly agreed with statement that they have more social contacts decisions easier.

 
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