Volume 17, No. 2
Spring 2014
Healing The Hidden
Scars Of Displaced Syrians
Face painting, singing and performing are all activities used by IOCC/ GOPA trauma counselors to help displaced Syrian children express their feelings through art and play. These children are among 2,300 displaced Syrian men, women and children who have benefited from the counseling program since it was first provided in March 2012. (Photo credit: Jennifer Romanos/IOCC)

As Syria's violent civil war enters its fourth year, the number of Syrians traumatized by what they have witnessed or endured continues to grow. Recognizing the importance of addressing not only the physical but also the psychological needs during this time of conflict, IOCC and its church partner in Syria, the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch and All the East (GOPA), are providing trauma counseling to more than 2,300 displaced and vulnerable Syrian people.

Families take part in a four-day retreat where children and the parents engage in separate activities in a safe environment. Children's activities such as puppet making, drawing and drama are designed to help the youngsters rebuild their communication and interaction skills along with confidence and trust. The children are also encouraged to strengthen their connections with people, and to develop a stronger sense of self and community. Adult participants are taken through activities that provide them with the necessary tools to cope with their own stress as well as the emotional needs of their children, and to help rebuild self-confidence.


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In This Issue

The Art of Restoring Hope

From The Executive Director

Sustaining Communities In The Balkans

Helping Families Rebuild After Typhoon Haiyan

Healing The Hidden Scars Of Displaced Syrians

Reflection By +Antony, Metropolitan, Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the United States of America – Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople

School Kits Are Urgently Needed

Planned Giving

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