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Imad Elabdala

Kidnovation

Kidnovation are working with practical tools to provide trauma treatment through storytelling.

Problem

There are lots of youth arriving to Sweden that suffer from trauma and possible PTSD after a difficult journey from their previous homes. Such difficulties on a child can implicate difficulties to the integration of the child. Meanwhile, established children in Sweden might have a hard time understanding what the newly arrived children have gone through.

Solution

Imad and Kidnovation want to make psychosocial support available everywhere. Kidnovation are working with practical tools to provide trauma treatment through storytelling. Through their book Sarah's Journey and app, both newly arrived and established children can get a similar view of the journey, when at the same time picturing the child in a heroic way which creates role models and understanding. The fully illustrated storybook features the heroine, Sarah, and her journey as a refugee girl. Based on this book they deliver reading material, guidebooks and workshops for parents, teachers, and social workers (other actors providing psychosocial support) in order to help children cope with trauma and increase their psychosocial well-being.

Imad himself is a refugee that had PTSD for more than two years after arriving to Sweden. He realised that no child should have to live with untreated trauma and has since then put lots of effort into his cause.

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