Children are built with an incredible imagination, fantastic ideas and the most amazing dreams for the future. We want to see this grow and flourish. In order to protect their beautiful minds, READ Foundation has implemented psychosocial support within our key projects.
This is a must for children living in our societies and comforts, but this becomes more than that for children living in a much more dangerous world. The environment they live in and the horrors some of them have seen has left them scarred. We do not want this to become permanent or define who they are, which is why this is an essential lifeline if we are to stop a whole generation of refugees suffering any further than they need to.
Psychosocial support is integral to our work. It helps individuals and communities to heal the psychological wounds and rebuild their social structure after an emergency or a critical event. It can help change people into active survivors rather than passive victims. We feel that if support is provided early enough, distress and suffering can be prevented from developing into something more severe.
Additionally, once a child has experienced the support we give, we see real change and a rejuvenation of life. Children become children again. For instance, at our drop-in centres for street children in Bangladesh, we’ve noticed significant change in their behaviour. Our approach of providing early support and adapting to the needs of the individual child have helped the children build stronger mechanisms and greater resilience to cope with their situation.
can support a street child for a year
can operate a drop’-in-centre for 200 street children for a month
can operate a drop in centre for 400 street children for 1 year