Mosul Support Center for Women and Children

1. Psychosocial Support for Women and Children.  Located inside the Mosul General Hospital, our center provides psychological first aid to women and children who are in shock due to experiences of the war.  Open 6 hours a day, 6 days per week, our services include Counselling for trauma-afflicted women and children, especially those suffering from Gender Based Violence (GBV).

Our group therapy uses the approach of 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.

We need your help. Will you join us in fulfilling these gaps that must be addressed:

1. Justice and Legal Support.  We need to help women and children access the legal system for the protection of their rights, especially if they have been affected by GBV.

2. Expansion of psychosocial support.  We need to reach women and children in other districts of West Mosul, especially the old city, who have no means or capability to access the hospital.

3. Special school for war-injured and disabled children. We are concerned that these children will be unable to join regular schools for years to come and will therefore be deprived of their right to education and equal opportunity for the future. Homeschooling in our center is a temporary but necessary solution.

4. Youth Development program.  We need to develop activities for teen-agers, especially young males, who are often most neglected in child protection programming.

5. Community building program.  We need to develop outreach activities in neighbourhoods in order to promote peace-building, education, livelihood opportunities, by mobilising families into community activities that tackle the following:

• Mine Risk awareness for children, especially in Old Mosul, where children are
constantly in danger of being killed or injured.

• Trauma Counselling for School teachers – We recognise that teachers seek to help their students whereas they themselves are struggling with the trauma of IS and the war. We also think that this will encourage more teachers to return from the east side, as the west side is now suffering from severe shortage of teaching staff.

• Assistance and long term solutions for orphans and unaccompanied children, including newborn infants abandoned in the maternity ward by traumatized mothers.