Project Description

Expand access to psychological support for communities in the region through an arts therapy program that provides a safe space for creative expression and healing.

Amanda

Amanda, Palestine and India
Amanda, Palestine and India

CHALLENGE:
Around a third of Palestinians are in need of mental health interventions, yet mental health services are among the most under-resourced areas of health provision.

SOLUTION:
Expand access to psychological support for communities in the region through an arts therapy program that provides a safe space for creative expression and healing.

“I grew up witnessing the influence of the ongoing Palestinian-Israeli conflict on people, especially youth. I made art to make sense of what was happening around me. Now, I use it to facilitate social change,trauma healing, and conflict transformation.”

About Amanda
As a young adult, Amanda attended peace and dialogue programs, and took interest in the psychology of the conflict on all levels, and the traumatic effect it has on people. That set her down a path dedicated to helping others heal their trauma. In 2012, she earned her Masters in Community Psychology, followed by a Diploma in Expressive Arts Therapies two years later.

Amanda’s program, Palestinian Hearts, offers mental health care to people in the region — among the most under-resourced areas of health provision. There, people can share their stories, heal, and foster self-care through arts therapy. In workshops that combine visual art, psychodrama, music, movement and dance, Palestinian Hearts promotes peace, inspires resilience and transforms conflict into personal meaning. Its mission is to heal the collective, trans-generational trauma as a first step to becoming an inclusive Palestinian
community.


SE Forum is partnering with Seeds of Peace on the 2018 GATHER Fellowship. GATHER is the social innovation arm of Seeds of Peace, investing in alumni and other changemakers who have the greatest potential to effect social, political, and economic change.

Seeds of Peace inspires and cultivates new generations of leaders in communities divided by conflict. Its network now includes nearly 6,700 alumni throughout the Middle East, South Asia, Europe, and the US who are uniquely positioned to lead change. The nonprofit was founded in 1993 and is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. Learn more about the Seeds of Peace journey and its impact here.

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