Sep 8, 2020

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.

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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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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