Recreational activities in support of the most vulnerable

UNICEF Azerbaijan joins effort with ASAN Volunteers Organization to support children in the affected regions through recreational activities.

UNICEF Azerbaijan
02 April 2021
ASAN volunteers check the tools and materials in the recreational kit provided by UNICEF to start the session with children in Barda.
ASAN volunteers check the tools and materials in the recreational kit provided by UNICEF to start the session with children in Barda.
  • Volunteers gather at the gym of a school in Barda region to start the recreational activities that kick started back in February 2021. This is a new activity added to the “Child Protection in Emergencies” programme that was launched back in November 2020, when the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict started. Since then, a series of interventions have been implemented in the most affected regions. A team of social workers and psychologists have visited around 1,300 families in these regions and provided psychological first aid to 2,408 people, including 2031 children as part of the programme
One of the leading psychologists of the programme from the beginning, Zumrud, leads a game for the group of children in Husenli village, Tartar to build positive emotional environment.
One of the leading psychologists of the programme from the beginning, Zumrud, leads a game for the group of children in Husenli village, Tartar to build positive emotional environment.
One of the leading psychologists of the programme from the beginning, Zumrud, leads a game for the group of children in Husenli village, Tartar to build positive emotional environment.
  • Partners have created a training program to guide the team of psychologists and social workers involved in the project on international approach of psychological first aid and as well as identification of psychological state of children after trauma, the risks of strong reactions in children with grief, loss and sadness. 1,375 people have been involved in further intervention support, mainly group activities as well as individual sessions based on the need/severity of the psychological condition. 
A boy running with a ball as part of the recreational activities held with the ASAN volunteers as part of the “Child Protection in Emergencies” programme in Agdam, Ashagi Yuzbashli village.
A boy running with a ball as part of the recreational activities held with the ASAN volunteers as part of the “Child Protection in Emergencies” programme in Agdam, Ashagi Yuzbashli village.
  • The most recent activity was created to support children through interactive games. ASAN volunteers participating in the programme received instruction on the Recreation Kit Guidance (UNICEF 2013), which is part of UNICEF’s Education Response in Emergencies, before they started implementing recreational activities in the target regions. Activities started with an overview of a specialist coordinators in five regions - Ganja, Goranboy, Terter, Barda, Agdam and Agjabedi since February 2021. 
Leman is one of the twenty-six ASAN volunteers participating in the guidance sessions by the psychologists to learn about work with the recreational kits to support children in the affected regions.
Leman is one of the twenty-six ASAN volunteers participating in the guidance sessions by the psychologists to learn about work with the recreational kits to support children in the affected regions.
A boy participating in recreational activities in Barda region.
A boy participating in recreational activities in Barda region
  • 26 ASAN volunteers participated in guidance sessions on the UNICEF’s Recreation Kit Guidance to learn about the use of recreational kits.  These activities have the goal of supporting the release of energy and anxiety through physical play, of promoting the development of important life-skills such as teamwork and cooperation, negotiation, empathy, and managing anger and stress, and of building networks and trusting relationships among the participants (UNICEF, 2013).  Around 1,500 children have already benefited from these activities, but the goal is to reach 5,000 by the end of April 2021.