Children and war foundation

The Children and War Foundation (CAW) is a non-profit organisation dedicated to improving children’s lives after wars and disasters.

When disasters and war strike, so many children are affected. CAW has developed methods which enable us to reach out to large groups of children by helping them cope with their fear and trauma.

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Proven methods

The Children and War Foundation (CAW) is a non-profit organisation dedicated to improving children’s lives  after wars and disasters. When disasters and war strike, so many children are affected. The need to reach out to them requires special approaches.

CAW has developed methods and measures which enable us to reach out to large groups of children psychologically affected by trauma.

We provide questionnaires that make it easy to identify high risk children after a traumatic event. Secondly, the Teaching Recovery Manual (TRT) is a widely used method for reducing the psychological after- effects of war or disasters. To mention some examples, TRT has proven to be very effective in reducing the effects of trauma following natural disasters such as earthquakes in Greece, Turkey, China and Iran, after the tsunami in SouthEast Asia, and in relation to conflicts in Africa, Sri Lanka, Palestine, Syria and Iraq. Using the manual, children’s groups can be led by teachers or other trained personnel. It does not require highly trained mental health professionals who are often unavailable in large-scale situations.

Our evidence-based tools, i.a. the manuals and questionnaires, have demonstrated their value and effectiveness across diverse cultures and situations. Our world is all too frequently no place to be a child. Wars and disasters can disrupt and ruin their lives both in the present and in the future.

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