Psychosocial support for children affected by the wall in Bethlehem – oPt
In 2013, War Child commissioned the evaluation of the ‘Psychosocial support for children affected by the wall in Bethlehem 2012-2013’ project, in which 160 children participated in the psychosocial life skills methodology I DEAL. The evaluation showed that the I DEAL methodology improved the participants’ capacity to express their opinions, listen to others, and connect with their own desires, preferences and personal goals, which significantly contributed to building their self-confidence.
During the evaluation, 90 percent of the children interviewed from the three locations affirmed that the project benefited their relationships with their parents and classmates. Of the mothers participating in Parents DEAL, 72 percent learnt how to better support their children through improved communication or closer contact, for example, 14 percent better understand the needs of their children, and 14 percent learnt the importance of spending free time with their children and enjoy spending time with them. The evaluation concluded that the I DEAL and Parents DEAL methodologies are highly relevant in the context of the occupied Palestinian territory.
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