On November 21, a supervisory trip of the psychologists of the «Helping Hand for Ukraine» project, Irina and Alexey Sukhov, to comprehensive school No.7 of the village Sirotino in Severodonetsk, the Luhansk region took place. This is a small cozy school, in each class and corridor of which kindness and care for children are invested. There is an individual approach to every child: they do not just know him or her by name, they also know their whole family, personal preferences, and hobbies. In the corridors of the school there are tables with chess and other board games, there is ping pong, on the second floor there is a real antique spinning wheel, and near the assembly hall there is a huge sofa for emotional and physical unloading.
Trainers Olga Kostina and Svetlana Morgunova conduct classes at the school under the program “Children and War. Teaching Recovering Techniques” with children aged 11-12. There are many children – 16 ones! They are all cheerful, friendly, dancing and playing with pleasure, but in the classroom they also diligently learn techniques to overcome their fears and obsessive memories. Most of the children in the group are displaced people who survived the shelling, the loss of homes and loved ones, the poverty and helplessness of their parents. Therefore, now for them it is so important and valuable to gain control over their body, thoughts, feelings, and most importantly – to believe in a safe and happy future.
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