We are excited to announce that PTL’s executive director, Alexis, and clinical manager, Cat, will be heading back to Uganda for two weeks to continue to build Playing to Live!’s concept for a South Sudanese Refugee mental health response.
Since Alexis's trip to Uganda and the refugee settlements in August 2016, nearly 300,000 refugees have come over the border to Uganda from South Sudan. This influx has pushed aid resources to their limits, while mental health care has become a targeted need.
Our trip in August initiated partnership conversations with major in country players and organization. Since August, Playing to Live! has focused the majority of our resources to build a programmatic foundation through research of best practices in expressive therapies, lessons from our past programming, and monitoring and evaluation methodology. Though we have used this time for our overall organizational foundation, we have also been actively building our concept for the South Sudanese in Uganda.
The research we gather is continuing to support PTL’s mission. War, trauma, and displacement has severe short term and longterm effects on children, families, and communities. We aim to build a sustainable supportive mental health program based on best practices of the expressive therapies. By training and employing local community members through in country partners, we are focusing on building skills that will stay even after the program ends.
At PTL we focus on working with community leaders and established organizations to guide the program, development. Due to this we spend a significant amount of time researching, running focus groups, and working alongside the community before implementing our program. Our trip to Uganda will be another crucial step in building our program, and we look forward to sharing with you our progress.
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