Blog Ukraine – training professionals and volunteers to work with children who have fled war

Last week Mathijs and I (Remi Goossens) were in Ukraine for the project ‘A New Home’ – a two year EU funded project. We are working with so called Internally Displaced People (IDP), especially children and youth. IDPs have fled from the war in the east of Ukraine to safe areas in other parts of the country. ICDI is responsible for training professionals and volunteers to support them in their work with these young IDPs, who have often experienced sad things. Our focus is on child development, child participation, the impact of armed conflict on children, resilience and psychosocial programming. We do this together with our Ukrainian partner organization Labour and Health Social Initiatives (LHSI).  

Before we start training, we visit a remote nature area in central Ukraine, where the National Organization of Scouts of Ukraine (NOSU) have been organising summer camps for years. This year they’ve also welcomed a number of IDP children. We meet with Natasja, who is the leader of the summer camp. She has been coming to scouting camps since childhood and is very enthusiastic about the work. 

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