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.
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.