Countries with the resources to shelter child refugees are not doing so, leaving millions of children stranded in refugee camps, particularly in Greece. Children impacted by war and displacement suffer short and long-term impacts to their emotional and physical health. Children as young as three years old are observed to shut down, re-enact violent play, and present with physical symptoms. Displaced children are also particularly susceptible to exploitation, trafficking, and psychological abuse.
The Schoolbox Project programs are research-backed and specific to children impacted by trauma. We prepare every volunteer with a thorough training on our trauma-informed initiatives. Our mobile, child-friendly spaces operate from whatever infrastructure is available, each designed to be operational within days of deployment or relocation. By providing intentional programs full of art, education, and play, we have a chance at mitigating the long-term impacts of trauma in child refugees.
When children experience traumatic events that are out of their control, the biological stress they endure can significantly change their growing brains and bodies, putting their long-term health at risk, and can even lead to a shorter life expectancy by as much as 20 years. For child refugees, our trauma-informed programs help mitigate the long-term impact of years of violence and displacement, as well as the social and environmental factors, that come with life in a refugee camp.