LEBANON

Type of mission

12-month local residency pilot project to design and deliver a bespoke art-based therapeutic program for refugee children aiming to integrate into Lebanese schools, with a Train-the-Trainer capacity-building component for education professionals.

September 2019 – February 2020

Where

Chouaifet, Mount Lebanon

Partner organization

Ana Aqra Association

Art Therapists

Resident Art Therapist: Soraya Hage Obeid, MFA, MA Ath
Consultant Program Supervisor: Dr Mercedes Ballbé ter Maat, PhD, LPC, ATR-BC

Beneficiaries 

  • 80 children (9-15 years old), enrolled in the BLN (Basic Literacy and Numeracy) second cycle at a catch-up school in Chouaifet
  • 12 teachers and other educational professionals with Ana Aqra Association participated in The Red Pencil’s Train-the-Trainer program

Donor

Background

The majority of Syrian children in Lebanon live in temporary settlements with high levels of poverty, violence and social stigma, in Southern Beirut, Mount Lebanon and the Bekaa Valley. Ana Aqra Association is an implementing partner funded by The Luminos Fund Lebanon Program to deliver back-to-school, accelerated learning sessions for Syrian refugees and other vulnerable children in Lebanon. They offer Arabic, English, Maths and Psychosocial Support (PSS) lessons in government-regulated Basic Numeracy and Literacy (BLN) programs, which run in 12-week cycles, as well as Summer Remedial classes and Homework Support programs.

The key objectives requested of The Red Pencil in the needs assessment for this mission were:

  1. To improve the well-being of the children by providing them with the opportunity to release possible trauma.
  2. To build the capacity of teachers in improving the well-being of learners during the implementation of art therapy or other artwork.

To achieve these objectives, in September 2019, The Red Pencil appointed a Lebanese arts therapist, Soraya Hage Obeid, who worked under the consultant supervision of Dr Mercedes Ballbé ter Maat, to prepare an initial Train-The-Trainer (TTT) program and a pilot manual of 12 weeks of arts-based therapeutic sessions for the Ana Aqra Association.

Type of mission

22 July – 8 August 2016 (18 days)

Where

Bhamdoun

Partner organization

Healers United Abroad

Beneficiaries

40 female refugees (14 to 21 years old)

Background

The overall purpose of Healers United Abroad is to deliver education and training workshops, seminars, and classes to promote excellence in clinical care. In light of the Syrian crisis, Healers United Abroad is seeking to provide meaningful support through the art making to female Syrian refugees housed in Bhamdoun.

The goals of the mission came in the following:

  1. Empowerment for young women
  2. Offer a safe space for self-exploration and creativity
  3. Help young women to understand that what is happening is not their fault
  4. Emotional regulation and reframing their experiences in order to reintegrate society
  5. From a neuroscience perspective, sensory and expressive process will help in their emotional stabilization

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Type of mission

July – August 2016 (13 days)

Where

Aley

Partner organization

Art4lives

Art Therapist

Lara Kalaf

Beneficiaries

14 war-affected children and refugees (12-14 years old)

Donor

Background

Children in refugee camps on the border of Syria

Type of mission

17 – 18 December 2015

Where

Bekka Valley and Beruit

Partner organization

Kayany Schools (Al Nahrieh), now under the in-charge of Jesuit Refugee Services (JRS).

Art Therapists

Mona Chebaro, Dania Darwazeh and Myra Saad

Beneficiaries : 

Syrian refugees students, children and families

  • 200 children (5-13 years old)
  • 10 caregivers
  • 23 families

Donor

Background

The goal of the program was to provide children and parents with a means for emotional expression. As well as opportunities to increase their understanding of past experiences, make sense of a challenging present, and build a community by offering personal support in group art therapy settings.

To help them reach that goal, 7 art therapists, one dance/music therapists, and 3 volunteers offered Syrian families a safe place to express thoughts and emotions. They wanted them to work on developing self esteem and positive self regard, reduce stress and anxiety, and develop social and community cohesion in a creative, playful way while promoting sustainability through modeling interventions for teachers – a train-the-trainer model.

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Our work here

Number of missions: 4

Global impact in Lebanon: 294 children, 40 female refugees, 10 caregivers, 12 teachers and other educational professionals, 23 families

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Programmes:

Local residency, Train-the-Trainer program, Community outreach