1700 Children in earthquake-hit Khoy receive psychosocial support as part of a UNICEF-IRCS programme

12 November 2023
تیم سحر
UNICEF Iran/Sayyari/2023

Volunteers from the Iranian Red Crescent Society’s (IRCS) Psychosocial Support Team (SAHAR) in Khoy, West Azerbaijan province conducted eight training workshops for 1,700 boy and girl students, and 120 family members as part of a UNICEF-supported programme. These educational events and workshops aimed to empower children and their families in team building, team support, anger management, emotion regulation, empathy, happiness, self-care, as well as environmental care.

Facilitators of these workshops had earlier participated in a capacity-building training programme organised jointly by UNICEF and the IRCS, funded by the EU’s European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO). During this training programme, the facilitators, members of SAHAR teams, enhanced their technical skills in emergency preparedness, including the provision of Mental Health and Psycho-social Support (MHPSS) to children, adolescents, and their families during emergencies, including natural disasters.

In the aftermath of the January 2023 earthquake in Khoy, UNICEF offered vital relief aid to the affected population. This included psychosocial support, distribution of hygiene packs, financial assistance to vulnerable population for rebuilding damaged homes, and provision of prefabricated health clinics and classrooms.

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