Nomadic Heroes project
Nomadic Heroes is an itinerant international project created by the Handic'Happy association, that offers workshops and programs with an emphasis on creativity, including animation and documentary filmmaking. We work with children who are refugees and victims of war and social exclusion in schools, hospitals, care centers and refugee camps, mainly in France and Turkey.
We promote self-growth and the awareness of children who are refugees or victims of social exclusion in order to initiate a change of view and a new conception of their place in society, to highlight their potential and give them the visibility they deserve.
"Playing is therapy itself"
- Donald Winnicott - Pediatrician and psychoanalyst
We have developed an innovative pedagogical and therapeutic approach using tools and methods from
Art Therapy and Play Therapy that seeks to accompany, help and empower refugee children.
This approach gives children a healthier view and understanding of what they’ve been through.
Creativity allows them to deal with the external reality and helps them to implement strategies to adapt and cope with new situations, life challenges, and environments. This develops their ability to think and reflect.
A child who can be creative is a sane child. Our techniques based on creative play enable participants to feel protected through the use of projection objects, role playing, metaphors and stories, providing the necessary distance and security from their own psychological world.
We provide the kids a safe space based on respect, non-judgment, sharing and solidarity to help them express their emotions and cope with their traumatic experiences, to overcome the issues they are facing, and to develop their own ideas and visions for their future.
According to a study made in 2015 by Migration Policy Institute in Syrian refugee camps in Turkey, 79% of children have experienced a death in the family, while nearly half display symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PSTD). Despite international efforts to deliver shelter, food and medication, there is still not enough done to tackle the psychological traumas that these children have experienced.
We organize workshops to open spaces for dialogues to allow children with PSTD to express their experiences and anxieties, to help them identify and deal with their different emotions, like sadness, anger and frustration.
We teach children how to draw on their own resources, and we give them the tools to understand their own amazing qualities.
We inspire children to "be the change they wish to see around them and in the world".
We run awareness campaigns in schools and other venues to awaken consciousness and empathy in order to facilitate the integration of refugee children into schools, and the community.
ANIMATION MOVIE WORKSHOP IN COLLABORATION WITH THE ASSOCIATION OAK (Open Arms Kayseri), KAYSERI, TURKEY, 2016