Supporting psychological recovery through art therapy
Following the devastation caused by the 7.9 magnitude earthquake in Nepal on Saturday April 25, 2015, Art Refuge UK is appealing for funds to support an additional programme of work directly responding to requests from both local and international NGO’s:
1. IMMEDIATE RESPONSE: ESTABLISHING NORMALCY
Whilst the local and international community continues to respond to basic needs for food and shelter, with most schools still closed,Art Refuge UK’s art therapists are currently supporting local organisations such as Nepal Children’s Art Museum in collaborating with the Child Friendly Spaces set up by international NGO’s such as UNICEF. These are being set up in camps across Kathmandu to support children’s play, art-making and to establish normalcy. This phase of work over the next few weeks will include a robust, integrated needs’ assessment.
2. POST-EMERGENCY PHASE: CAPACITY BUILDING
Building on an existing network of local professionals, teachers and caregivers, Art Refuge UK plans to offer a sustainable, wide reaching programme over the coming year by sending small teams of art therapists to offer experiential trainings in the responsible use of art-making, understanding loss, trauma, psychological refuge, coping, resilience and listening skills. Supervision from the UK over the longer term will be integral.
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Click here to read the BLOG of art therapist Jess Linton which details the work she and art therapist Naomi Press carried out for Art Refuge UK in Nepal, March-April 2015, and Jess’ ongoing work there: