At the AMALNA Support Center for Women and Children
1. Psychosocial Support for Women and Children. Located in our centre in Jawsaq, West Mosul, this program provides Mental Health / Psychosocial Support to women and children, especially girls, who are in the process of recovering from war-related experiences. Open 6 hours a day, 6 days per week, our services include Counseling (individual and in groups), protection from and response to Gender Based Violence (GBV), and recreational activities.
Our group activities include feedback sessions, sharing while knitting, and doing various activities together like sport. The children’s room welcomes children up to 16 years old to enjoy games, toys, educational videos on plasma TV, tutoring sessions in reading and writing, and art therapy.
2. Case management of GBV survivors. Women and children who suffer deep-seated trauma benefit from our referral pathway, which includes trauma counselling, psychological and psychiatric services, and justice/legal advising. We have three counsellors on duty who provide individual and group counselling to war-affected and GBV survivors. As highly trained social workers and doctors from Mosul, they provide trauma counselling and manage the referral pathway to psychologists and psychiatrists in the hospital.
3. Protection program for children. We assist children who are at highest risk of life- and mental health threatening illnesses and injuries. This is especially important for children whose war-related injuries and years of medical neglect led to a diminished capacity to rejoin society. We also serve children who have lost one or both parents, who were abandoned, or who got lost/separated from families in the process of fleeing, and who suffer deep-seated trauma as a result of prolonged exposure to violence.
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4. Livelihood Training & Support. We help women transition from the counselling program towards economic self-reliance.
5. Community building program. We train community mobilisers who develop outreach activities in their neighbourhoods and promote peace-building, self-help activities, and awareness-building on vital issues such as:
• Mine Risk awareness for children, especially in Old Mosul
• Parenting, especially as parents are also struggling with post-traumatic stress.
• Hygiene issues especially during a time of pandemic.
6. Capacity building of MHPSS service providers, including health workers, medical personnel, teachers, and more.