The project “You Create” that Fondation Terre des hommes develops in Iraq and Egypt (2017-2019), also with the support of Alta Mane, intends to design and implement a new methodology, based on child & youth led artistic activities, to support their psychosocial well-being and protection in migration and adversity settings.
Specifically, this new psychosocial methodology intends to:
- Help children and youth in migration and adversity settings to express emotions around the stress and trauma experienced and empower their ability to cope with it and to be resilient;
- Prevent more serious psychological distress to develop and support their psychosocial well-being and social inclusion;
- Identify innovative practices, based on artistic activities, to protect young people and inform them about their rights, thus strengthening their ability to become autonomous and self-reliant;
- Use art, in all its different shapes, as a well-being tool and an agent for individual and social change.
Between November 2017 and December 2018, Fondation Terre des hommes in collaboration with the International Institute for Child Rights & Development, has launched the innovative project “You Create” grounded on two complementary phases: a Global Level Phase (research, development, monitoring and capitalization of lessons learned); a Country Level Phase (implementation and replication).
Global Level Phase
At this stage, between November 2017 and December 2018, Fondation Terre des hommes, has:
- Finalized the draft of the new psychosocial methodology “The Art Kit”;
- Developed the outline for the e-learning training on Participatory Action Research to help professionals world-wide to implement the methodology in their respective projects;
- Featured the special section “Empowering Children and Youth through Art” on the online platform Childhub to communicate around the project and later on spread the new methodology and the results obtained among NGO’s, peer organizations, public institutions and stakeholders.
At this level, Terre des hommes intends to transfer the methodology to young local professionals, test and replicate it over the Community Based Organizations (CBO). To reach this goal, between November 2017 and December 2018, Terre des hommes has:
- Completed the two phases of the Participatory Action Research Training in Egypt and Iraq. During the training, a total of 10 trainers (5 in Egypt and 5 in Iraq), 174 young leaders (96 in Egypt and 78 in Iraq) aged 15-25, and 43 adult allies (26 in Iraq and 17 in Egypt, from Terre des hommes staff and several CBOs professionals between the ages of 20-30) were trained and, on their turn, developed 12 artistic activities, oriented by the Art Kit, reaching a total of 398 youths (203 in Iraq and 195 in Egypt);
- Started forging partnerships with 5 CBO’s, 3 in Egypt and 2 in Iraq, to locally implement the new methodology in their own arts-based programming intended to children and youth in emergency context in Iraq (with Internal Displaced People, IDP) and long-term displaced context in Egypt.
Effective direct beneficiaries in 2018
- 78 young leaders (15-25 ages) and 5 trainers from IDP Camps in Kirkuk Governorate (Iraq);
- 96 young leaders and 5 trainers from refugees, migrants and vulnerable Egyptian communities;
- 43 (26 in Iraq and 17 in Egypt) local professionals to improve their skills to work with children and youth affected by migrations and to act as focal points in the replication of the art-related methodology;
- 398 youth (203 in Iraq and 195 in Iraq) participating to the artistic activities.
Potential indirect beneficiaries estimated during the years of the project (2017-2019)
- Hundreds of thousands of young people in migration and adversity settings, and their family, accommodated in the areas of intervention of Terre des hommes Foundation and peer organizations.
Fondation Terre des hommes based in Lausanne, was established in 1960 and it is today the leading Swiss child relief agency, improving the lives of millions of the world’s most vulnerable children. Every year, the Foundation helps more than 3 millions of children and their families in 30 countries, running health, emergency response, and education and child protection programs.