The overall goal of the Arts Therapy project is to increase the resilience of the asylum seekers. More specifically, this intervention aims to:
- Help asylum seekers to recover from their traumatic experiences, build resilience, regain self-esteem and integrate into the community;
- Leave lasting impact by training local care providers, who are exposed to fatigue and secondary trauma through their work and enable them to implement basic arts therapy techniques in their own practice.
The project will help more than 100 migrants and refugees, from different nationalities of which:
- 23 refugee and migrant children and teens, accompanied and unaccompanied (5-17 ages);
- 33 refugee and migrant adults (under the age of 25);
- 53 refugee and migrant adults (+25);
- 24 local caregivers, Staff Members of The Spanish Red Cross.
In 2020, despite the suspension of all the activities foreseen during the COVID-19 1st lockdown (March 12-August 12, 2020), The Red Pencil (Europe) in collaboration with The Spanish Red Cross, also with Alta Mane support, developed the following activities:
- Organized and ran 91 group art-therapy sessions for 21 refugee and migrant children (5-14 ages), 15 teens (11-16 ages), 15 young adults (18-23 ages), and 17 adults (25+), residing in Reception Centers and Independent Living Houses operated and managed by The Spanish Red Cross in Málaga (Spain);
- Activated the The-Train-The-Trainer Program (TTT) focused primarily in using Arts Therapy as a tool for Staff’s self-care and modulation of stress at work and intended to provide partner staff with new tools using Arts Therapy for enriching their interventions with asylum seekers and refugees, and organized 7 training sessions for 19 humanitarian officers and caregivers of The Spanish Red Cross;
- Conducted a pre-post evaluation process, in consultation with The Spanish Red Cross, to check on progress on the young beneficiaries and make appropriate recommendations for future program planning.