The powerful earthquake that hit Morocco in early September forced thousands of students to leave their homes and families and relocate to boarding schools in Marrakech to continue the school year. After having heard innumerable stories of post traumatic stress disorder, Project Soar has decided to provide mental health support and, accompanied by the student Meriem Farah, yoga classes, so as to impact students' health not only from the mental point of view but from the physical side as well.
During our emergency relief aid to women and teen girls survivors since the earthquake, we have heard innumerable stories of post traumatic stress disorder. Many teen survivors spoke about their obsessive thoughts, their compulsive rumination, about the earthquake, of panic and of being trapped with nowhere to go and the devastation that resulted. It is very clear that adolescent survivors need help to help manage the trauma caused by the earthquake.
In addition to providing mental health and resilience workshops to earthquake survivors, the project will be complemented by yoga lessons to impact students' health, helping them get in touch with their body, relieve stress, and increase their mental and physical strength.
Project Soar is providing mental health and resilience workshops designed to provide basic coping skills that can be used anywhere and at any time and for as long as they are needed; at the same time, providing students with basic yoga knowledge will give them the opportunity to continue the trauma relief path on their own.