The World in a Suitcase: Psychosocial Support Using Artwork with Refugee Children in South Africa


Date of publication:  01 Dec 2006 Author:  Glynis Clacherty Publisher:  ChildrenFIRST Publication type:  Report / Study / Data

This article is about the Suitcase Project, which helped refugee children to use artwork to share their stories and their feelings. The article details the experience of Glynis Clacherty, a researcher, and Diane Welvering, an art teacher, who designed a psychosocial approach to work with 20 refugee children aged between 6 and 18 coming to South Africa from Rwanda, Burundi, DRC, Ethiopia and Angola. The article describes the artwork activities that form the core of the project, along with the time frame of the project. The Suitcase Project was supported by the UNHCR during 2003 and 2004, so that the model of psychosocial support developed in the group could be recorded.

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