Help Survivors of Trauma and Violence in Mosul

by Jiyan Foundation for Human Rights
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Help Survivors of Trauma and Violence in Mosul
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Help Survivors of Trauma and Violence in Mosul
Help Survivors of Trauma and Violence in Mosul
Help Survivors of Trauma and Violence in Mosul
Help Survivors of Trauma and Violence in Mosul
Help Survivors of Trauma and Violence in Mosul
Help Survivors of Trauma and Violence in Mosul
Help Survivors of Trauma and Violence in Mosul
Help Survivors of Trauma and Violence in Mosul
Help Survivors of Trauma and Violence in Mosul
Help Survivors of Trauma and Violence in Mosul
Help Survivors of Trauma and Violence in Mosul
Help Survivors of Trauma and Violence in Mosul
Help Survivors of Trauma and Violence in Mosul
Help Survivors of Trauma and Violence in Mosul
Help Survivors of Trauma and Violence in Mosul
Help Survivors of Trauma and Violence in Mosul
Help Survivors of Trauma and Violence in Mosul

Mosul Donor Report

June 2021

 

Mîran* from Mosul

Mîran* was born in 1980 and she has four children. Never continuing past her elementary level education Mîran was forced to marry at the age of 15 and resign herself to being a housewife. During her marriage, her newborn died shortly after birth and her marriage ended in divorce. Two years later Mîran remarried. She had three daughters and one son who suffers from a cleft upper-lip and a hole in the roof of his mouth which requires surgery. The stigma of her son’s condition means her daughters are refused marriage and thus remain her economic responsibility.

During ISIS occupation her house was bombed, turned partially to rubble. Mîran witnessed the death of many family members, their corpses laying in her home. It’s the same home she currently lives in, and so she is often reminded of this horror. Today due in part to her low formal education, diagnosed depression, and difficult circumstances Mîran cannot provide for her family. Her husband largely ignores familial responsibilities, and their relationship suffers. Mîran’s fear for her childrens’ future and inability to secure necessities had driven Mara to attempted suicide.

Since April 2021 Mîran has received seven treatment sessions, psychological education on depression, and writing exercises to understand, analyze, and sometimes challenge her ideas and emotions. Her mood has slowly improved but Mîran requires continued treatment sessions to build self-confidence and begin addressing external factors contributing to her condition.

Mîran* represents many residents of Mosul who come to receive psychological treatment. Most of the women in these situations suffer from domestic violence. Due to various circumstances including war, economic instability, and a lack of education it is common in these situations for the male head of house to neglect and not recognize any responsibility caring for their family. This places unreasonable expectations on the female heads of household and often leads to stress, depression, and feelings of hopelessness.

 

Three months at-a-glance

  • Received and treated more than 820 patient cases in the center.
  • Hosted 20 sessions of the Dialogue and Peaceful Coexistence Program.
  • Hosted 11 sessions of the human rights education program in local schools.
  • Hosted 7 external seminars.
  • During these past three months our staff have received two parts of their ongoing training in Psychotraumatology.

 

Human rights education & dialogue

Our treatment center in Mosul hosts local human rights education courses and interfaith dialogue and coexistence events. Each month our Mosul center hold four human rights courses for children in local schools and orphanages. The courses are directed for children from 8 – 16 years old and seek to provide a general understanding of their individual rights, recognize possible abuses, and direct them to seek safe avenues of addressing any violations.

This month our treatment center in Mosul realized its goal by hosting 117 local participants in its interfaith dialogue and coexistence events. Part and parcel with human rights education and mental health treatment, dialogue and interfaith communication is essential for the long-term stability of Mosul’s diverse population.

Capacity building

One of the best uses of our resources is investing in our staff. Each month the treatment center in Mosul hosts 12 – 20 training courses for our staff. This June our staff took part in Psychotraumatology, social work, collective and individual supervision trainings. The majority of our staff participated in these capacity building trainings.

The branch library still 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

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 survivors of violence 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.

 

*Names of beneficiaries are changed to respect privacy and ensure safety.

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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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Mosul Treatment Center Report

October 2020

 

New Staff  in Mosul

We are happy to report that our treatment center in Mosul has hired five new staff. In March 2020 we reported that our treatment center in Mosul was looking for new staff to reduce wait times for patients. Soon after, the pandemic caused fewer patients to engage with in-person treatment in exchange for tele-health where applicable. This prompted us to change the short-term priorities to establish the infrastructure necessary during the COVID-19 pandemic. Though the situation with the pandemic remains uncertain, our treatment center is experiencing again large volumes of patients, prompting us to refocus on staffing needs.

A total of five staff have been hired in Mosul including one administrative assistant and four psychotherapists. These new mental-health professionals will greatly reduce wait times for appointments in both tele-health and in-person care.

 

How Donations are Spent - Medication

The most pressing issue for our patients is access to medication. It is our mission to provide life-saving services to our beneficiaries at no cost to themselves. Many of our patients barely have enough money for food, and so this medical assistance is greatly needed.

As we receive more and more patients our budget for new medication continues to increase, and right now our treatment center in Mosul is in need of funding for a variety of medications for children in particular.

 

Stay Informed and Spread the Word

Your support means the world to our patients, and there is more than one way to help.

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

If you haven't already, please consider liking our International Facebook Page for regular updates on all treatment centers and projects: https://www.facebook.com/JiyanFoundationInt

Thank you for supporting our treatment center in Mosul.

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Jiyan staff delivers food baskets in Mosul
Jiyan staff delivers food baskets in Mosul

Mosul Treatment Center

July 2020 Report

 

These past few months have presented new challenges for our community. Our patients, many of whom already suffer from chronic or mental conditions have expressed fear, anxiety, and concern for their family’s health.

In response, our treatment center in Mosul was quick to provide tele-health, and online support to patients when applicable. These methods have so far proven overwhelmingly successful and cost-effective. This has prompted our staff to consider making these types of services more permanent. For some patients, tele-health and online support isn’t enough, and so our staff has provided at-home services when necessary.

 

Impact of COVID-19 on our community and immediate support

While everyone in Mosul has indeed been affected by this virus, the overwhelmingly biggest impact has been on poor communities within the city. To alleviate suffering, our staff in Mosul switched gears and delivered necessary medication to our patients’ homes. For some, food was the most immediate need and therefore our treatment center provided food baskets directly to beneficiaries’ homes.

 

Helping the DoH in crisis

Due to the shortage of basic materials for health professionals, mainly masks and gloves, the Directorate of Health (DoH) in Mosul had requested our help in providing these materials.

The DoH designated certain quarantine centers for patients affected by the virus. Our local staff aided in this by providing juice and water to patients. This simple act prevented much more suffering that could have been caused by dehydration and lack of nutrients during a time when these basic necessities were hard to come by.

 

Stay informed and spread the word

Your support means the world to our patients, and there is more than one way to help.

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

If you haven't already, please consider liking our International Facebook Page for regular updates on all treatment centers and projects: https://www.facebook.com/JiyanFoundationInt

Thank you for supporting our treatment center in Mosul.

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Mosul Treatment Center

March 2020 Report

 

Since December 2019 our treatment center in Mosul has received an additional 75 new individual patient cases. Most patients suffer from psychological problems and post-traumatic stress disorder resulting from the recent history of ISIS control and the war for liberation which followed. Every patient is provided with necessary medication and therapy as pertains to their needs.

 

Public Education and New Refferrals

As part of our mission to provide mental health treatment in Mosul and the surrounding rural areas, our team conducts awareness training and lectures in public schools. The purpose of these lectures is to educate about and normalize mental health treatment while dispelling some myths which surround mental health.

After each lecture our team receives referrals from attendees. Due to our center’s limited staffing and the high demand many new patients must wait an average of 30 days before their first appointment. Over the next 3 months our goal is to reduce the wait time for new patients by hiring more staff to meet these needs. We are currently in the process hiring two new therapists in Mosul.

 

Government Support Remains Limited

Most government-run hospitals in Mosul don’t have the necessary medication and tools to provide treatment. Laboratory tests and surgical operations are limited to emergency cases only, leaving most people with chronic conditions without treatment. Many patients whom cannot find help from hospitals seek out our treatment center.

 

Providing Transportation to Rural and Impoverished Communities

Patients often express joy when referencing our transportation services which remain vital to our efforts. Roads and infrastructure remain destroyed so most people in the area have very limited mobility. Some low-income patients are reimbursed for travel expenses, which they use for food and other necessities while others are shuttled by Jiyan Foundation drivers. To lower costs, we organize transportation to be most effective and schedule patient appointments for maximum efficiency while maintaining effective treatment plans.

 

How Donations are Spent

We are currently collecting to fund the following needs:

  • Medical equipment and medication (We are currently limited in the range of medical assistance we can provide; a larger budget will allow us to expand medical services and provide much needed medication)
  • Physiotherapy room and equipment (balance and training equipment to help patient’s physical rehabilitation)
  • Therapeutic toys and furniture for children (Children often respond well to objects of play, which aide in their self-expression and are essential to recovery)
  • Transportation (many patients are unable to travel to the center, and the growing number of appointments means we will need to invest in transportation)

All donations collected here provide funding for the aforementioned requests and in accordance with necessity and demand.

 

Stay Informed and Spread the Word

Your support means the world to our patients, and there is more than one way to help.

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

If you haven't already, please consider liking our International Facebook Page for regular updates on all treatment centers and projects: https://www.facebook.com/JiyanFoundationInt

Thank you for supporting our treatment center in Mosul.

Links:

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Jiyan Foundation for Human Rights

Location: Berlin - Germany
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Joshua Governale
Berlin, Berlin Germany
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