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construct a space to allow refugee children to explore their sense of safety,creativity,& peace
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Organizational Background:

 Li-Atfalina, located in Beirut, Lebanon authorized from the Lebanese Ministry of interior registered under the number 85/ad, is a Non-profit organization with a vision of a society embraced with safer homes, schools and communities. Li-Atfalina Founded in 1992, with a mission to undertake child welfare and protection through social development for a better advanced connected community and improving quality of life for all by providing educational workshops in schools, prisons and community centers. Li-Atfalina belief resides in Being aware of risk factors at early stages can significantly reduce levels of crime and violence later in life.

The notion of this organization goes back to a large accumulation of past occurrences concerning children needing help, without being able to enroll under any NGO or foundation's programme. The basic concept is simple, where children are the future, sculpting a greater future requires children nourishment and full commitment to our child's needs. The founders of "Al-Saada Li-Atfalina" or "Child Happiness" insisted on the most primal and basic goal, a child is a child, regardless to any human differences, they deserve our complete attention and full dedication. "Li-Atfalina" is responsible for any child under any circumstances, regardless to time or location. All children require professional supervision by certified experts to prevent problems, by spotting them at an early stage. Wasted talents will no longer fade if spotted and nourished. Our children are the real victims, we create all the damages and global issues and they have to suffer the consequences of every decision we ever make. The minimum we can carry out is a bit of attention to their many ignored needs. The primal cause for this foundation goes down to the simple principle they ultimately seek, a sincere smile on every child’s face.

Overview:

In March 2015, Li-Atfalina started its Art-Drama therapy program in Sabra refugee camp (Beirut,Lebanon), after an assessment that took 8 months. Findings of the assessment reflect that besides the urgent need for basic relief items like shelter, food, hygiene and medical assistance, the psychosocial impact of the refugee crisis is amongst the most severe. The stories told, written or drawn by refugee children and adolescents testify of the deep traumatic experience they had to endure in armed conflict and displacement. Drawings of refugee children speak a language of violence; their stories tell of mothers and sisters raped and killed in front of their eyes.

In June 2015, Li-Atfalina launched “Leish Hek” the musical theater event that reflected the psychological progress for these children.Children aged between 6 and 11 years old no longer blacken over their work, and began to draw colorful images, including pictures of Syria’s green and rugged landscapes, which means that they overcome the trauma of the war. While children aged between 11 and 16 years old became able to express and present their challenges through art, and started to use the “Stop-Think-Act” strategy, which means that they became self-aware and can manage their anger and stress in healthy ways.

But unfortunately, we couldn’t continue our work since we have no place to gather these children anymore.

The camp doesn’t offer a place to allow for and encourage creative thought and behavior; because it is constructed for its functionality it is lacking a humanisticelement.  We are hoping to construct a space to allow for the children to be transported out of their environment into a more meaningful place which they can explore their sense of safety, creativity and peace and connect with the outside world and Establishing a comfortable situation for them. The goal is to take them out of their misery and give them a chance to be children again, to have fun, to make them laugh, bring light and color to unleash their creative minds – and in that moment they’re no longer a refugee in a camp, they’re a child doing art.

Problem:

It comes to no surprise that war-exposed children and adolescents have higher probability of suffering from mental health problems. Although systematic data on the case of Syrian children is lacking, the violence they are experiencing has most likely affected them on the long term. As a matter of fact, children and adolescents show symptoms that, if assessed by an interview, would be diagnosed as mental health problems, post-traumatic stress disorders, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, alimentary or somatoform disorders, anxiety disorder or depression. In addition, children and adolescents often show conduct disorders, such as behavioral changes (such as aggressive behavior, introversion…) and affective disturbances. In terms of child protection, special attention has to be given to children at risk. Most of these cases are related to children not at school and to child labor. Amongst the most difficult to tackle, there are also cases of torture victims amongst children. War, traumatic events and violence have affected the wellbeing of the parents as well, who suffer from the lack of control over their lives, caused by the displacement. Thus, their caring capacity is diminished, including their capacity to physically take care of the child and to show affection due to alienation, depression, self-neglect. Without the capacity for positive parenting, the risk of a negative outcome on children increases, with the possibility that problems become chronic. The refugee situation of parents is not the only aspect of young people’s environment that has a deteriorating effect on their psychosocial condition. Discrimination and resentment towards their status as “foreign refugees” in schools and other social activities prevent them from integrating into the social fabric of their living place. Also due to the political experience of Lebanon, the levels of prejudice and antipathy towards Syrians are quite significant. This affects also the prospects of education that are closely associated with the psychosocial condition. The results obtained from the questionnaires that children filled and the focus groups for mothers showed the difficulties they experience in their everyday life: loss of normal routines, discrimination, harassment, lack of finances, often lack of basic sanitation and water supply, lack of privacy, constant fear of friends and family being injured or killed or going missing, unstable living conditions, silently carrying emotional pain, loss of heritage, splitting of families elderly left behind because they were not healthy enough to leave Syria, loss of jobs and sense of accomplishment, loss of control of current lives, loss of control over their futures, lack of basic human needs, privacy, complete diet, clean water, basic health care, education – primary, secondary and advanced, basic protection from harassment, difficulty sleeping, short tempers, miscarriages, premature deliveries, difficulty concentrating, children having difficulty learning new things, Instability with living situations, Most of the refugee children are getting beaten every day.
Art Therapy is a term that has been used to describe widely varying practices in education, rehabilitation, and psychotherapy. Essentially, Art Therapy is the therapeutic use of art making to promote healing and growth in a professional relationship. We aim to enhance social awareness and to create a favorable atmosphere in which beneficiaries may actively take part in social activities.

Summary:

In any war or conflict, it is the children who are the most vulnerable and devastated. Children are the largest and fastest growing number of victims in the Syrian conflict. We are working to heal a whole generation of Syrian, Palestinian, and Lebanese children from the deep and life draining trauma of violence. Our Art-Drama Therapy Program expeditiously trains refugees’ children and mothers to adapt emergency trauma recovery skills. Art-Drama Therapy Program can immediately provide trauma healing services now and into the future. Specific art-based therapy is a deliberate use of art-making that will address psychological and emotional needs of the students and provide them with an outlet to express their internal feelings, which they may not be capable of doing verbally or physically or are not commonly invited to do at school or home. The project is mainly used to draw out from the students, feelings about themselves and others. Various social and independent skills will be furthered and reflected on during the sessions. Specifically, the students self, their peers, teachers and family will be reflected on during these sessions and allow the students to put various aspects of themselves and other people into perspective and become more self-aware individuals.

Objectives and Goals (6 months period):

In the short-term, art therapy, drama therapy, music, vocal, and dance trainings make children feel good and whole, responsible and empowered. It removes them from the refugee camp environment and focuses them on the present moment. The goal is to take them out of their misery and give them a chance to be children again, to have fun, to make them laugh – and in that moment they’re no longer a refugee in a camp, they’re a child doing art.

The objective of our program is to provide a means of expression for the children to unleash their creative minds, it aims to help design structures to allow for creative expression, bring light and color to their environment in a menacing structure. It intends to soften the effects of austere dynamics of the region as seen and experienced by children and help them break away from their reality and become children again.

The camp doesn’t offer a place to allow for and encourage creative thought and behavior; because it is constructed for its functionality it is lacking a humanistic element.  We are hoping to construct a space to allow for the children to be transported out of their environment into a more meaningful place which they can explore their sense of safety, creativity and peace and connect with the outside world and Establishing a comfortable situation for the beneficiaries. 
The purpose of the art therapy sessions is to help students express and contain their internal conflicts, while facilitating their ability to implement change. While the drama therapy sessions will raise their self-esteem and self-awareness since it will undertake specific sociological problems such as: domestic violence, early marriage, drug addiction, child abuse, and discrimination. It will also create social awareness regarding the causes behind trauma and the ways of curing it. The music, vocal, and dance sessions will let the children have fun and help them break away from reality and become children again.

The mothers’ discussion groups will focus on emotional intelligence and conflict resolution skills, they will learn how to cope with stress and be able to solve their problems alone for the long run. Ensuring mental development of the mothers so that they may be self-reliant and self-conscious.

What we need:

-A place: a quiet and artistic place that will be decorated and painted by the children. Including an Intervention room, 2 separated rooms for the focus group, and 1 huge room for the activities. /6 months’ rent

-Art therapist, Drama therapist, music instructor, psychologist, and a social worker. /6 months contract

-Art therapy stationary/ 6 months

-Music instruments.

-Daily healthy snacks for the children (apple, banana…. And juice)/ 6 months

-Transportation/ 6 months

-Last day event: they will perform their new talents live to the people in public place.

If you cannot donate, you can still find different ways to support us:

·  Help spread the word by telling your friends, family and everyone you know about Li-Atfalina and our crowd funding campaign. Share the link on your Facebook, Twitter and Blog.

·  "Like" our Facebook page  https://www.facebook.com/LiAtfalina

·  Get directly involved and volunteer! To offer your collaboration and give us the special gift of your experience. Contact us. 







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