INARA for Ukraine
At INARA we know what conflict and displacement can do to a child both medically and mentally. From Arwa Damon, INARA’s founder, and her first-hand experience reporting on the ground, we have managed to identify gaps that INARA can fill at this stage of the war.
WHAT INARA IS DOING
INARA has a wealth of experience dealing with conflict related pediatric mental trauma. While there has been an extraordinary effort to provide emergency supplies, what is needed is mental health support. As an initial response we are building a program to provide consultations and training specific to mental health professionals, social workers, and others who are directly working with children on the ground.
We will also be working to facilitate the efforts of small NGOs in neighboring countries who are focusing on vulnerable children, such as orphans. These NGOs are not equipped to host the influx of children nor do they have the mechanisms in place to accept international donations.
The situation is extremely fluid. We will be adapting our work to the situation that we are confronted with and the gaps that emerge in access to medical and mental health, while looking for other gaps that we can fill even if outside of our usual scope of operations.
INARA’s Rapid Response Program in Ukraine:
Addressing Challenges and Raising Awareness
INARA’s Rapid Response Program was created to respond to crisis and emergencies, just like the war we are witnessing in Ukraine. At INARA, we know how war and conflicts can impact a child’s well-being and safety, and how much it can affect their mental health. After a needs assessment, carried out by Arwa Damon herself to discover the gaps we needed to fill in Ukraine, INARA has launched a program to provide consultations and training specific to mental health professionals, social workers, and others who are directly working with children on the ground. [Read More]