The main objective of the “Art Therapy” project is to improve the mental health and emotional wellbeing, and foster resilience of children affected by cancer and of caregivers. Specifically, the project aims to:
- Allow children affected by cancer to express, through arts, the unspeakable, to (re)live and experience relief, thus reducing the negative and destructive impact of the disease;
- Ensure all children affected by cancer are taken care of by a holistic and integrated approach combining the medical-hospital care with the stimulation of the emotional intelligence through the artistic expression;
- Transfer the Skills of art therapy practice to caregivers, doctors and local nurses, thus ensuring the self-sustainability and replicability of the program in the medium-long term;
- Disseminate and replicate the Best Practices of art therapy in other therapeutic and severe healthcare contexts through the elaboration of Case Studies and Clinical Reports.
- Approximately 100 children affected by cancer (5-18 ages) hospitalized in 4 hospitals in Beirut (St. Georges Hospital, Geitaoui Hospital, Makassed Hospital and Hôtel Dieu de France Hospital) and 1 hospital in Byblos (Notre Dame des Secours Hospital);
- 15-20 caregivers from MySchoolPulse previously trained, during Phase I in 2020, in applying art therapy to take care of children affected by cancer.
- Approximately 20 doctors and nurses from Burg El Arab University Hospital (Pediatric Oncology Center);
- Approximately 40 children affected by cancer (5-20 ages).
Lebanon: the project, which will be implemented between January and November 2022, foresees, also with the support of Alta Mane, the following activities:
- 500 Online Art-therapy Sessions (5 individual art-therapy sessions per child) intended for 100 children affected by cancer hospitalized in 4 hospitals in Beirut and 1 hospital in Byblos;
- 10 Online Refresher Sessions on the practice of art-therapy for 15-20 MySchoolPulse caregivers;
- M&E Process intended to measure the impact on young beneficiaries and local caregivers, as well as to develop and disseminate the Best Practices in other therapeutic contexts.
Egypt: the project, which will be implemented between January and November 2022, foresees, also with the support of Alta Mane, the following activities:
- 10 Online Sessions of the Training-of-Trainers Program and 6 online Coaching Sessions for 20 doctors and nurses from Burg El Arab University Hospital (Pediatric Oncology Center) to empower them in the implementation of art therapy;
- M&E Process intended to measure the impact on young beneficiaries and local doctors/nurses and to integrate art therapy practice in the care of children affected by cancer.