Emma Organization for Human Development supported by War Trauma Foundation and Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR) from Palestine organized a two –day course about Multi- Family approach (MFA)on the 29th of April 2018 in Erbil and on the 2nd and 3rd of May 2018 in Duhok .
The course included 35 participants from different fields as : representatives of the Ministry of Health , Ministry of Education , Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs , NGOs, Professors as well as companies working in special need care .
The main point that the course focused on was working with families in conﬂict-affected areas where War Trauma Foundation (a Dutch organization that works on the rehabilitation of people who suffer from war conflict) carries out a program in the Middle East to strengthen community-based responses to the Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) needs of affected families in vulnerable situations within Kurdistan and the West Bank , to foster regional exchange of experience and enhance knowledge and skills.
In the past few years CBR with War Trauma Foundation have built a lot of knowledge on implementing the Multi Family Approach. This is a methodology which supports psychosocial support for and by families.
Since CBR has worked in this field for 20 years in Palestine, now two of its representatives have came to Kurdistan in an exchange cooperation program to bring their experiences and work on them in the Kurdistan Region.
The CBR and Emma Organization are now able to exchange their experiences with organizations that are confronted by similar challenges in their environment. Emma had already paid a visit Last December 2017 to Nablus, West Bank so this course is a continuation for both efforts on how to deal with people from conﬂict-affected areas who have the same problems and how they can support each other to find solutions.
Kurds and Palestinians are both in a situation where endeavouring for independence and self-determination is disputed and opposed. This is accompanied by physical and psychological violence, insecurity, restrictions of movement and political freedom and continuing economical crisis. Despite the hopeless situation people try to live a normal life and retain their dignity.
During the exchange Emma and CBR talked about Emma's effort to support the communities who suffered the occupation by ISIS. EMMA foundation support around 800 Yezidi girls and women who have been abducted and sexual violence is therefore an important theme.
The team of supervisors and coordinators of the Community Based Rehabilitation programme presented how the support of communities and families is organised. Part of the discussion was how to structure the Multi Family Approach within the groups of concerned families. Who has a family member of disabilities as they are confronted by additional care and stigma.
These practical experiences and the feedback and exchange based on different viewpoints will enable the partners in the Kurdish and Palestinian areas and on the West Bank to provide better psychosocial support.