Transcultural Psychosocial Organisation

Providing Psychosocial Support, Trauma Management and Strengthening Community-based Systems Among South Sudanese Refugees and Host Communities

Uganda is home to over 900,000 child refugees and asylum seekers. The majority of these children are from South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo, countries that have been plagued by violence for years on end. After watching armed groups ransack their homes, these children often had no choice but to leave everything behind and start over – attempting to rebuild in overcrowded refugee camps miles from their homes. These refugees have experienced things no person – and no child – should ever have to experience.

To help children recover from what they have seen, the Transcultural Psychosocial Organisation used support from the Fund to implement a multi-faceted psychosocial response program. As a result, more than 16,250 children gained healthier stress management skills. Nearly 5,300 caregivers were trained on positive parenting skills, boosting their ability to care for their children and manage their own trauma, loss and experiences. In addition, the Transcultural Psychosocial Organisation reached 20,400 community members with messages on children’s rights, and the roles and responsibilities community members hold to make environments safer for children.