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SEED’s Response To Autism

For families with children who have special needs, it can be challenging for both the family and the children to receive the support and resources they need in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. In the last two years, SEED has worked with two families from the host community who have children that are diagnosed with [...]

SEED’s Response To Autism2021-01-08T16:22:52+00:00

Supporting the Will of Informed Survivors of Human Trafficking

SEED supports clients from diverse backgrounds and is dedicated to taking a client-centered approach, ensuring each individual’s needs are met. Maureen, a 38-year-old woman from Tanzania, was placed in a household in Sulaimani, Kurdistan, as a domestic worker. After nearly a year, Maureen was forced to work longer hours than agreed upon, denied freedom of [...]

Supporting the Will of Informed Survivors of Human Trafficking2020-12-03T16:14:36+00:00

Therapy and Mental Health Support Help Yezidi Survivor Feel Alive Again

Nagham*, a 21 year old Yezidi girl, currently lives in an IDP camp after ISIS invaded her home town of Shingal (Sinjar), where she grew up with her family. After the ISIS invasion, life became extremely unsafe and Nagham and her family were forced to flee to the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI). Although they [...]

Therapy and Mental Health Support Help Yezidi Survivor Feel Alive Again2020-11-14T17:59:47+00:00

A Safe Space for Survivors of Trafficking During COVID-19

Shelter-in-place orders, restricted movements and government closures, necessary measures to slow the spread of the COVID-19 in Kurdistan, have resulted in a financial crisis leaving many migrant workers unemployed, and with compromised legal status as work permits expired. International travel bans meant those undertaking domestic work were unable to return to their home countries, and [...]

A Safe Space for Survivors of Trafficking During COVID-192020-09-12T17:07:53+00:00

SEED Launches Group Therapy in Chamishko Camp

SEED continuously strives to strengthen its services to meet the needs of the communities it serves. One of the gaps that was identified was the need for a specialized group response to benefit from support of peers with similar challenges. This need could be addressed by launching an adapted version of group therapy for camp [...]

SEED Launches Group Therapy in Chamishko Camp2020-08-20T15:58:00+00:00

Legal First in Kurdistan: Trafficking Survivor Obtains Birth Certificate

Jasmine*,26, like many migrant workers who become victims of trafficking, believed she was coming to Kurdistan via an employment agency to work and provide a better life for her family in Sierra Leone. Little did Jasmine know, she would set legal precedent by becoming the first mother to obtain a birth certificate for her child [...]

Legal First in Kurdistan: Trafficking Survivor Obtains Birth Certificate2020-12-01T07:56:05+00:00

PSS Sessions Fill the Voids in Camp Life

“There’s nothing to do after school, and we want more activities to do. Especially soccer,” explained a teenage boy.  It was a cloudless Monday in chilly February with the sunshine filtering into a room accompanied by sounds of children playing outside. Six teenage boys sat in a neat circle on beige plastic chairs, some leaning [...]

PSS Sessions Fill the Voids in Camp Life2020-07-28T11:54:36+00:00

PTSD: Not Just a Battle for Soldiers

Leila*, 23, a Yezidi woman originally from Shingal (Sinjar), currently lives with her family in Chamishko IDP Camp in Duhok governorate after they had to flee their home. When Leila was 12 years, her cousin, who was her best friend and like a sister to her, suddenly passed away. Leila was deeply shocked and upset [...]

PTSD: Not Just a Battle for Soldiers2020-06-30T16:35:35+00:00

Parents learn value in psychoeducation

A mother brought her son Ary*, three years old, to SEED’s facilities in a local public health clinic in Erbil, seeking help for her son’s aggressive behavior and describing it as abnormal for his age; he was needy, aggressive, always crying, and hurting others around him with knives. Ary had a lack of focus and [...]

Parents learn value in psychoeducation2019-12-17T13:39:45+00:00

Psychoeducation for Spouse Was Key in Helping Yezidi Activist

As a Yezidi community activist, Faisal* was constantly exposed to stories including the genocide, rape, killing, and torture of his people comitted by ISIS leaving Faisal experiencing symptoms of emotional trauma. However, with psychological support facilitated by SEED for him and his family, he has improved his mental health significantly and enabled him to return [...]

Psychoeducation for Spouse Was Key in Helping Yezidi Activist2019-12-01T09:28:09+00:00
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