A multiple-stage response providing practical guidance and coping mechanisms for caregivers and their children in vulnerable communities.
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Building off expertise working with children affected by crisis, the COVID-19 Response Consortium including Amal Alliance, Karanga, Learning in Times of Crisis: Essence of Learning, Qatar Foundational International, Salzburg Global Seminar, and experts, employs their complementary strengths to provide practical support for the children and caregivers through a comprehensive approach.
Given the uncertainty, fear, and anxiety that COVID-19 has produced, in April we responded virtually through a podcast series intended for vulnerable communities, including refugees and migrants. The series addresses the needs of children during the COVID-19 pandemic by providing simple, but meaningful activities that reinforce emotional wellbeing. The podcasts give caregivers daily activities to enhance self-resilience and explore possibilities to support themselves and children of all age groups and learning stages. Activities and games are designed to require no materials, and touch on topics such as hygiene, empathy, tolerance, patience, and healthy expression. Worksheets were developed to compliment the podcasts with easy to follow examples of activities. Both were distributed via Whatsapp, but can also be found on SoundCloud & MixCloud (depending on country of location).
Due to the lack of resources so many children are experiencing, the guidance provided can aid in promoting resilience in families to help mitigate more long term ramifications. They have been distributed to the communities we serve in Greece & Lebanon, but have been distributed worldwide across 17 different platforms that include that of INEE, Education Above All, Salzburg Global Seminar global fellows, etc. They are available in 4 languages at the moment: Arabic, French, Spanish, and English.
We require a strategic funding partner to continue production of new episodes, and technological partners to reach the more vulnerable populations that can benefit from such programming. Please note our collective mission is to prioritize child protection above all and immediate support during times of crisis.
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The Amal Alliance, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) dedicated to empowering displaced and disenfranchised children through 4 pillars of support: 1) psychosocial support, 2) social-emotional learning, 3) early childhood development, and 4) peacebuilding. Our programming was named by UNHCR as one of the “most promising holistic practices” at the Global Refugee Forum in Geneva, as our holistic approach stimulates the mind and body through education and integration programs that focus on social emotional learning and address trauma at its root cause. These programs allow children to find inner strength and resilience despite their challenging circumstances.
We see children as powerful agents of change; thus, we strive to promote social cohesion and introduce peace education in their most formative years. For more information, please visit: www.amalalliance.org