> Protection & psychosocial support

Psychological support is an important part of the work we do with children living in impoverished communities who have lived through conflict or survived natural disasters. Children may have survived and not have any physical wounds, but the invisible psychological wounds are as important to treat, as they can hinder their development and shatter their confidence. This is why one of our key focuses within all of our programs is the implementation of psychosocial support.

Psychosocial support is critical to growth and a positive state of mind.

The Hierarchy of Needs Theory (Maslow) identifies five categories of human needs, which when fulfilled have a positive impact in people's lives:

1. Physiological needs: basic needs of food, water, clothing, shelter and rest.

2. Safety needs: protection from violence and emotional stability.

3. Love and belonging needs: friendships and bonds.

4. Esteem needs: feeling valuable as a person and deserving of dignity.

5. Self-actualisation needs: fulfilment of their full potential through education.

Numbers 3 and 4, 'love and belonging needs' and 'esteem needs', are called psychological needs.

> Our programme

Children may be going through loneliness, anxiety, fear, grief, depression and neglect, and the type of support we offer is counselling, spiritual support, group support, and even education. We use professional staff who deal with the children in their own language, in a comfortable and calming environment.

Children are built with an incredible mind, one that has an imagination that creates the most amazing dreams for the future, but sometimes these dreams are clouded by their extenuating circumstances. Through our programme we help them receive support to change them into active survivors with a positive outlook, rather than passive victims, thus, preventing further emotional and psychological distress. We have seen such an incredible change at our drop-in centres for street children in Bangladesh. Our approach is helping the children build the resilience to cope with any trauma they have experienced.

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