In addition to delivering numerous community-based trainings and workshops covering topics such as child protection, mental health, trauma, education, child development and communication, BBP continued to run weekly psychosocial play sessions reaching over 100 children in two boarding house programs. As an active member of the Child Protection Network, we took on some of the most challenging cases by continuing to provide counseling to children and families facing complex mental health and psychosocial issues.
Recently, we have taken on two new programs, comprehensively supporting the children and staff at New Wave, an elementary school for migrant children from various ethnic and religious backgrounds, and the Overseas Irrawaddy Association boarding house, providing children with access to the most basic of needs – food, shelter, education, safety, and psychosocial support.
None of these accomplishments would have been possible without the passionate and tireless work of the field staff, to whom I am eternally grateful for all they have shown me, taught me, and shared with me. It’s been an honor to be a part of such a dedicated team, serving the most resilient and brave individuals and communities I’ve ever encountered.
Sofia Karim, MSW
Mental Health and Psychosocial Services Field Director