Our staff and volunteers facilitated a number of projects for refugee children and families in Jordan. Over a two week period, a number of trainings were offered in trauma support skills for medical students, refugees, and staff working with the refugee population. SHC provides ongoing virtual training for all the major medical schools in Jordan in trauma care/psychosocial skills. The medical students as well as social work, and psychology make up most of our volunteers. Special training was provided in relationship building skills, stress management, body/movement therapies, and meditation.
Several support groups were run for Syrian women. We established and launched a trauma informed school demonstration project at a school for Syrian children. And we held a special concert and public health education forum for Syrian refugee families as a spiritually uplifting event for the community.
As part of launching the trauma informed school project, we donated a new computer to the school and are working to fund wifi for the school. Through the use of the internet, we will be able to offer ongoing trainings in Arabic for teachers, administrators, and parents on how to address psychological issues at school and at home. Through our large pool of volunteers on the ground we can use them for translation when we have trainers who only speak English. A meeting was held with the teachers and there was a large amount of enthusiasm amongst them. One of the beauties of the meeting was their excitement and ideas which makes the project much more collaborative. A site was established where teachers, parents, and our trainers can meet for discussion and training. As word of this project spread, we were approached by another school in a different part of Jordan eager to have a similar project at their school. With additional funding and resources, we'll expand the project to a second school.
While at the school, a special experiential training was held for about 150 children in how to face personal fears and find inner strength. The energy was high and all of the children did the practices with enthusiasm and wonder. We also shared songs that we taught and they shared songs with us as well. Medical student volunteers assisted with translation and with facilitation of skill learning.