May 4, 2021

Project Report: Free therapy for refugees

During 2021, Foundation Wings of Hope has 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). Donations for this project through GlobalGiving has allowed Wings of Hope to provide vital support services to refugees in Sarajevo.

During the implementation of this project, Wings of Hope aided multiple refugees through the psychotherapy, legal, and social work services provided by the organization. Wings of Hope provided refugees with psychotherapy services to help with the trauma they experienced in escaping poverty and human rights abuses. Additionally, the legal aid aspect of the organization worked to find possible locations for the refugees to successfully seek asylum. Third, social workers helped refugees return to refugee camps instead of living on the streets.

The refugees were mostly asylum-seekers who experienced severe traumatic events, losing family members, and finding themselves in a new and life-threatening environment. For some of the participants, we supplied an interpreter who works together with psychotherapists in order to effectively communicate with the refugees who were not able to speak the language. The participants are now engaged in a long-lasting therapy process that is sustained beyond the duration of the project.

These activities were of particular importance during this period due to the effects of COVID-19. In addition to existing vulnerabilities as refugees, COVID-19 increased the need for mental health support, and it was even more vital that individuals had a place to stay instead of remaining homeless.

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, Wings of Hope is able to provide services to those who either do not have insurance or are unable to otherwise pay for services themselves.

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Feb 2, 2021

Free Mental Health support for 42 individuals

Wings of hope (BIH) has a long history of helping children and adults with mental health support. The initiative came in 1995 when consequences of war on mental health could no longer be denied. Young people were disproportionately affected by the war, their childhoods being disrupted by a constant threat of death also, access to education was severely harmed leaving children without stability in their everyday life.

In 1996, programs of psychosocial aid were started and aimed at a range of groups. The project of "Reintegration of Pupils: Returnees into the School System" was key in trying to reverse the damage done by the absence of schooling during the war. 

Further projects involved the intensive programme "Reconciliation through Detraumatisation" that was launched in 2000.

The organisation continued to grow with the centre for psychosocial aid for children and youth opening in 2003. It focused on the importance of continuous education of psychologists, pedagogues and neuropsychiatrists within Wings of Hope and in Bosnia and Herzegovina in general.

In the next paragraphs you will find a successful story of one of our therapies. For more, follow this link http://wings-of-hope.ba/model-of-work/.

.P. (21-year-old male)

The project participant lives with his mother in Pale, Istocno Sarajevo. He came to the Centre presenting symptoms of social anxiety. .P.’s father was killed during the war, when the project participant was three months old. When he was 8 years old, he was diagnosed with epilepsy.

The project participant describes his mother as overprotective. Additionally, the life style the project participant has due to his epilepsy keeps him away from many social situations. When the project participant is faced with certain social situation he reacts with high anxiety. He describes the following symptoms: rapid heartbeat, tremoring hands, trembling voice, and flushing. After the completion of the assessment, the psychologist started treating social anxiety with cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT). The CBT treatment included:

• Management of Anxiety;

• Exposure to Social Anxiety-Inducing Situations;

• Relaxation Treatment;

• Cognitive Interventions.

After the treatment, the project participant was able to fulfil his individually set goals, including increased tolerance to anxiety and the ability to socialize with people with decreased anxiety.

Jan 5, 2021

Project Report: Free therapy for refugees

During 2020, 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). Donations for this project through GlobalGiving has allowed Wings of Hope to provide vital support services to refugees in Sarajevo.

During the implementation of this project, Wings of Hope aided multiple refugees through the psychotherapy, legal, and social work services provided by the organization. Wings of Hope provided refugees with psychotherapy services to help with the trauma they experienced in escaping poverty and human rights abuses. Additionally, the legal aid aspect of the organization worked to find possible locations for the refugees to successfully seek asylum. Third, social workers helped refugees return to refugee camps instead of living on the streets.

The refugees were mostly asylum-seekers who experienced severe traumatic events, losing family members, and finding themselves in a new and life-threatening environment. For some of the participants, we supplied an interpreter who works together with psychotherapists in order to effectively communicate with the refugees who were not able to speak the language. The participants are now engaged in a long-lasting therapy process that is sustained beyond the duration of the project.

These activities were of particular importance during this period due to the effects of COVID-19. In addition to existing vulnerabilities as refugees, COVID-19 increased the need for mental health support, and it was even more vital that individuals had a place to stay instead of remaining homeless.

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, Wings of Hope is able to provide services to those who either do not have insurance or are unable to otherwise pay for services themselves.

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