The second in our series of art therapy workshops went brilliantly. The young women had so much fun, we all did. I couldn’t help thinking that’s what they should be doing – having fun. Most of them are teenagers and a few of them are in their early twenties. Instead they are in an IDP camp separated from home and family. Many of the pictures they painted today were of houses. I understood.
They were so excited to share their new hobby with their friends in the camp we are planning to hold another workshop at the camp with our first 20 participants acting as trainers to other young women. Our facilitators were impressed how quickly the girls mastered the techniques and some of the paintings reveal talent that should be nurtured. We’ve promised the young women that we will continue to work with them till they all go home.
Our next workshop is in theatre and performance. The young women are eager and excited at the prospect of sharing their stories through song and dance and I for one can’t wait to see what they come up with.
While our workshops are primarily therapy for the participants they also empower and enable them to tell their stories themselves. Don’t look away.
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