Type of mission

Art therapy residency

1 April – 1 October, 2018 (6 months)


Ayacucho, Peru

Partner organization

Diamanta (Solid Peru)

Beneficiaries : 

137 residents (15-19 years old) 

40 local staff


Simon Murray


The Red Pencil partnered with Diamanta, an organization based in Ayachuco, Peru, to help bring the power of arts therapy to young girls and women who have suffered the aftermath of war and conflict. The political conditions of the country and especially this region have left deep scars in the lives of the local people. They are always living in fear experience and consequently they trust no one.

According to the partner, people tend to hide their trauma and choose not to voice their experiences in a view to forget all of it. Many victims do not process the horrific experiences and as a result many suffer from substance abuse, post-traumatic disorder and anxiety issues. Additionally, intra-familial violence is reported in the communities of Ayacucho, which include violence among spouses, violence against children and cases of rape.

The mission brought together a multi-disciplinary team working alongside the arts therapist to enhance the psychosocial support of participants at different centres. The intention was to integrate this form of therapy into Diamanta’s framework of support to the young girls and women. The therapy sessions that were conducted used group arts therapy modality followed by staff training sessions. The mission was a Residency one that took place in a time period of 6 months. 



Our work here

Number of missions: 1

Global impact in Peru: 137 residents and 40 local staff


Programmes: Art therapy residency