“Even if I tell you my life, what will you do about it?
… I have been asked these questions before and nobody has come to our help. We have never been helped….
I have been living this bad life, and many people come and say they will do everything, and nobody has been doing it. And not only are many people in Sudan living in these conditions, but all these people come here, and nothing has been happening for all this time.”
– ‘Mary’, in Kenya, after fleeing from Sudan. Excerpt from Out of Exile: Narratives from the Abducted and Displaced People of Sudan.
Refugees often have good reason to be suspicious. When violation has become commonplace and even those offering help have become a source of betrayal, being willing to take the risk to trust again does not come easily.
This is one of the many challenges we face in seeking to offer trauma recovery to refugees living in San Diego. The healing process requires a sense of subjective safety and trust in the one who offers to help.
We need the local refugee leaders on board with our efforts before approaching the larger refugee community.
Phase 2 of Trauma Recovery for Refugees will be Educating Refugee Leaders About Trauma, PTSD and Recovery. We want local refugee leaders to have a firsthand experience of what it will be like in our future trauma recovery program. It will be abbreviated, yet offer educational material about trauma, combined with an experiential aspect to teach them Tension & Trauma Releasing Exercises (TRE), the same body-centered method of recovery we will be using in the actual 6-month program.
In order to launch Phase 2 this fall, we need your help. We need to raise $3300 to educate refugee leaders about trauma.
- $550 will cover the cost of 1 session for 15 refugee leaders. 1/6 of our goal.
- $220 will cover the cost of training 1 refugee leader.
- $100 will cover a fifth of the cost of creating the trauma curriculum.
- $50 will cover the venue fee for each session.
- $20 will provide 1 yoga mat for 1 refugee leader.
Can you help us with this?
All of the details (about our plan, budget, why) can be found on our website.
Your contribution, large or small would be a big help. We are grateful for your continued interest in and support of our efforts.
Barbara & Anshul
Founders, Living Ubuntu
Educating Refugee Leaders About Trauma, PTSD & Recovery
Phase 2 of Living Ubuntu’s Trauma Recovery Program for Refugees
In December 2012 we completed a survey to determine the rates of trauma and PTSD among refugees in San Diego.
* 83% have endured traumatic experiences (e.g. forced evacuation, lack of food, water, shelter, violence, kidnapping etc.)
* 85% are currently suffering from symptoms of trauma, ranging from mild to severe.
The top 5 most common symptoms of trauma in this population were:
* Recurrent thoughts or memories of the most hurtful or terrifying events (over 65%).
* Feeling exhausted
* Sudden emotional or physical reaction when reminded of the most hurtful or traumatic events
* Feeling that they have less skills than they had before
* Bodily pain
Services for refugees remain extremely limited. Given these findings the obvious question is, what can we do to help with this, and how?
Any questions? Contact us at (949) 891-2005 or email@example.com.
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