Supporting Women and Children

through Disaster Relief and Community Engagement

Trauma relief training to prepare children for school in Turkey

This weekend, two of our Amurtel child psychologists trained in emergencies gave training to 34 teachers and caregivers from the tent community we are serving at a farm south of Adana.  There are about 1000 people sheltered at the farm, of which at least 200 are children.  Soon, the government will require the children to start attending classes, but without addressing their psychological needs, the children’s learning will be compromised.  The training program is designed to support caregivers and teachers in setting up opportunities for the children to release stress and emotions while returning to normalizing routines.   This weekend’s training focused on sensitizing the participants both to their own emotional needs, as well as to be aware of children’s needs, and learn practical, playful movement-based ways to help everyone experience some release.

There were deeply healing moments of tears and grieving, balanced with light moments of play and laughter.  One of the participants said, “Our days have been empty, but this weekend they were filled with so many activities, learning, and joy.”

Activities have started this week, with children receiving art therapy sessions from Nadia, one of Amurtel’s lead psychologists.  We wish to expand this program so to ensure the children have a full schedule of creative, fun, and academic activities.  Your support can provide this important initiative with tables, chairs, art supplies, educational games, and toys. Thank you!

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AMURTEL, directed and managed by women, provides disaster relief and works with women and children to build local capacity. With a focus on community self-direction, our projects target progressive education, financial self-sufficiency, health, and the creation of nurturing homes for children in need.



AMURTEL provides immediate disaster relief in the aftermath of natural and human-made disasters. Partnering with other organizations, we provide basic needs to the affected communities, including food, and medical care and post-disaster cleanup. To support recovery from trauma, we establish child friendly spaces and provide psychosocial support.