We have started the 5th phase of our project!
Refugee Camp Dzaleka - Malawi
Proyect "YYoga for Peace, Reconciliation and Unity"
We have already impacted 1,660 children and 340 adults and in the next 2 years we will impact 6,000 children and 4,000 adults.
Our project focuses on sharing tools that improve psychosocial support, mental and physical health of refugees and the host community. Almost 50,000 refugees and asylum seekers live in Dzaleka. Over 30,000 are children of which more than 21,000 are out of school. Post-traumatic disorders, the precariousness of life in and around the settlement, added to the effect of the covid-19 pandemic, has worsened the mental conditions of the entire population.
To continue with the project from this fifth phase, we have partnered with the Jesuit Refugee Service organisation, which, in turn, are official partners of UNHCR. This partnership secures the strength and success of the project, which may bear more fruits when replicated in new refugee camps in the near future. Right now we are starting the selection process to award scholarships to 35 participants.
In 2016 Shelley Sams, a YPV and JRS volunteer, began teaching yoga at the Dzaleka Refugee Camp in Malawi,
In 2018 we trained and certified Donatien Fundi Fire, a refugee from Congo, as a yoga teacher for children.
After completing the course, Donatien began teaching children and young people living in Dzaleka.
In 2019 we went to Dzaleka to offer a new training session where 3 new people participated and we began to prepare the next phases of the project.
On 12 July 2021 (wIth the collaboration of JRS) we have recruited Donatien Fundi Fire. Beside we have started the process of selecting participants for the new yoga teacher training courses: Yoga for Children, Youth and Adults.
In 2022 we will conduct a yoga TTC (in person + online) in which we will train 25 refugees and 10 Malawian participants – course duration 18 months.
In 2022 the teachers will conduct free of cost outreach classes, as practices, to benefit 3,000 children and 2,000 adults.
In 2023 we will employ 10 teachers, to work in and around Dzaleka to benefit a new group of 3,000 children and 2,000 adults.
In 2023 we will organise a randomised control trial (RCT), to assess the results of the intervention.