Helping people forced to flee

by Norwegian Refugee Council USA
Helping people forced to flee

Project Report | Nov 10, 2023
Supporting children facing acute stress and trauma

By Norwegian Refugee Council | Project Team

Photo: Daniel Wheeler/NRC
Photo: Daniel Wheeler/NRC

Children in crisis-affected communities often witness extreme acts of violence and human suffering, sometimes leading to nightmares, flashbacks, and crippling grief. Disruption of basic needs caused by displacement, such as access to education, may deprive children of normal physical, social-emotional and psychological development. Without appropriate mitigations, long-term exposure to these high levels of stress can be particularly damaging to both physical and mental health for children and young people.

To empower half a million displacement-affected children and youth, we are utilising our flagship classroom-based psychosocial support intervention, the Better Learning Programme (BLP). For over a decade, the BLP has helped children recover from the traumatic events they experience during crisis and displacement. It's flexible and adaptable, allowing us to quickly implement it in any emergency or under-resourced setting.

We constantly update the programme with the latest research, field-based learning, and best practices through our long-standing research collaboration with the University of Tromsø. This ensures that our programme effectively addresses the needs of the communities we serve.

The donations we receive from our supporters contribute to real and lasting change for millions of people forced to flee their homes. Thank you for the support. 


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McLane Heckman
Washington , DC United States

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