May 5, 2021

Refocusing on Food Baskets and Qamishli

In recent years, northern and eastern Syria has received many displaced families from areas that are being bombed or attacked by ISIS. Many organizations have provided various types of aid and services, but there are still many services they need.

Qamishli, in north east Syria has received an especially large influx of refugees and internally displaced people. Many residents of Qamishli have been providing help to displaced families by sharing their homes and goods with them. This extremely close contact of people in diaspora has exacerbated the spread of COVID -19.

The region suffers from a large percentage of poverty, especially after the spread of Covid-19, and because of the curfew many people are deprived of work wages and daily salaries. The high price of the dollar against the Syrian pound has limited access to goods and services as well. For a short period in 2020, Jiyan Foundation had provided families with financial support to purchase food at local markets. Today the combination of COVID-19, inflation, and war have limited imports along with the ability of locals to produce agricultural goods.

For the upcoming months we have decided to adapt our support to provide food & hygiene baskets, focusing our efforts in Qamishli and the surrounding countryside.

Share this project with friends and family, and let them know why the Jiyan Foundation’s project to provide basic necessities for displaced families in Syria is worth supporting. With so many good causes out there, word of mouth is perhaps the most valuable tool at our disposal.

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Feb 26, 2021

The children's room needs some attention & we prepare for a second wave of COVID19

Donor Report Mosul

02/26/2021

 

Welcoming new multicultural staff in Mosul

To better serve our patients from the Yazidi faith, our treatment center in Mosul has hired two new psychotherapists and a receptionist from the Yazidi religion. These additional staff have had an enormous impact on the branch making it one of the most religiously and ethnically diverse institutions in the city.

The diversity in the center had prompted patients and staff alike to continuously engage with one another on their cultures and languages. Our center manager has said it is a very happy situation for everyone.

 

Monthly cases

Since October, our treatment center in Mosul has serviced 150 - 210 beneficiaries each month.

Women 82%, Children 10%, Men 8%

 

Help us get tools and toys for childrens' therapy room

The children who have been receiving long-term treatment have requested new toys, games and books. No Toys, books, or games have been added to the children’s treatment room since 2018. These items are especially important tools that therapists utilize for children’s psychotherapy. Often, children are unable or unwilling to speak about their experiences, and these simple objects of play allow them to express themselves more comfortably and securely.

 

The branch library needs books

The library in Mosul is a multi-purpose room but lacks sufficient reading material. With only 60 books, it is hardly a library. Staff has requested on Mental Health, treatment methods and medical reference. We also require children’s books and young adult novels for patients.

For direct donations of books and reading material please email info@jiyan-foundation.org

 

Preparing for a second wave of COVID-19

With no vaccine available to the public in Iraq the potential for a second strict curfew in Mosul seems likely. Thankfully, our staff and patients are all accustomed to this change to digital treatment and tele-health when possible.

 

Fortunately, there is more than one way to help.

Share this project with friends and family, and let them know why the treatment center for survivor of ciolence and trauma in Mosul is worth supporting. With so many good causes out there, word of mouth is perhaps the most valuable tool at our disposal.

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Feb 22, 2021

Clinic for Yazidi Women & Garden Update 02/22/2020

Situated part-and-parcel with the Clinic for Yazidi Women the Healing Garden is utilized regularly by therapists and patients of the Clinic for Yazidi Women for individual and group therapy sessions. We are therefore extending this campaign on GlobalGiving to fundraise for both entities together.

 

Keeping Social Distance

During Covid-19 we’ve had to limit the number of people in the Healing Garden at any one time and still maintain its effectiveness for treatment. Since October, the Healing Garden has hosted an average of 2,000 guests per month including patients from the clinic and various school trips for children.

In January the Healing Garden hosted 129 Internally Displaced People for special programs and training events.

 

Animal-Assisted Intervention is proving extremely effective.

One of the unique techniques incorporated in the Healing Garden is Animal-Assisted Intervention where clients young and old engage in tending to and playing with the Garden’s variety of animals. Allowing traumatized patients something to care for can provide them with a sense of purpose and security. In recent months this has become the most popular program at the Healing Garden as patients express its close relation to their cultural practices and current condition.

 

What we need

The Healing Garden requires a lot of upkeep. The sustainable architecture and living materials are in constant need of maintenance and the animals require daily care. Excluding staff salaries, the Healing Garden costs on average $3,500 each month to maintain.

  • Therapist / Mental Health Specialist: $600 - $900 per month
  • One 60-minute therapy session (individual or group) is about $12
  • Animal feed and supplies: $1000
  • Veterinary appointments and medication for animals: $450
  • Garden maintenance and other staff: $1500

Upcoming projects include:

  • Planting 2,000 trees and 1,000 flowers
  • Seeding 50 kilos of grass-seed
  • Refurbishing mud-brick houses against rain and winter conditions
  • Construction of a new veterinary room
  • Install Solar-Panels (seeking funding)
 
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