Playing to Live! is a 501 c 3 non-profit organization that works to meet the psychosocial and mental health needs in low-resource, high trauma communities globally. We partner with local community based organizations to ensure the cultural relevance and sustainability of our programming. Our vision is to continue to expand programming and research initiatives to bring psychosocial support services and expressive arts therapy techniques to more children in need worldwide.
The mission of Playing to Live is to build effective and sustainable community-based expressive art programs which target the psychosocial needs of children and communities facing trauma. We partner with local community organizations to create culturally relevant trauma informed psychosocial programming and collaboratively work with communities to build community run programming. PTL provides support and oversight including monitoring and evaluation to build on the body of research that indicates the need for creative mental health solutions to high trauma situations.
“Not every charitable organization working on the ground is fighting disease. Playing to Live is running a pilot program in Liberia for children orphaned by the disease, hoping to aid their recovery with art therapy and play. The project is headed by Alexis Decosimo, a doctoral student in East Tennessee State University’s College of Public Health, who says the therapy can “build resiliency and hope, and create a safe place to process trauma.” - John Schwartz, The New York Times
See our program through the eyes of our staff and children in this UNICEF video:
See our story on ABC NEWS: "Playing to Live! Groundbreaking Program Tackles Trauma"