The SELMA project set out to understand what policies were in place to protect migrant/refugee health. Through the lens of two disparate migration health contexts; migrant, refugee and asylum systems in the UK, and male labor migration from Pakistan into the Gulf Cooperation Council, SELMA provides a rich and textured image of the structural drivers of health and the extent to which gender and gender norms shape the health and wellbeing of migrant and refugee communities.
The project was done in collaboration with Aga Khan University and University College London.
Project Website: https://selmaprojects.com/
پیار کی باتیں | LIBRARY OF PEACE
We are collaborating with HIVE Pakistan under the Simurg Grant to initiate an arts-based community engagement in Karachi with children and adolescents of the age 5 to 15 years (both school-going and out-of-school). Together, we will create a “Library of Peace | پیار کی باتیں” that will house zines (self-publications) exploring the theme of peace, harmony and co-existence.
WE ARE NOW A PART OF PAKISTAN MENTAL HEALTH COALITION
Centre for Arts-based Methodologies & Wellbeing is now a part of Pakistan Mental Health Coalition. On September 30th, we partook in the first general body meeting to discuss ideas around mental health, it's accessibility, the resources we can provide as a Centre and in the process, made some new friends.
PSYCHOSOCIAL FIRST AID AND CHILD PROTECTION TO RESPONSE COVID-19 PANDEMIC
In partnership with the Ministry of Health, Sindh and Unicef, we worked with a multi-sectoral community including individuals from the social welfare department and local NGOs to train the trainers for mental health and child protection concerns as a response to COVID-19 through a designed manual and workbook. We created art with them to understand what it means to be a child and what is health really so we can envision a safer world for our children moving forward.
TYPHOID CONJUGATE VACCINE (TCV) CAMPAIGN
This year, we supported the Expanded Programme on Immunization - Pakistan to conduct art-based activities with community health workers, lady health mobilisers and vaccinators to expand the conversation about wellbeing to the communities and support the administration of Typhoid Conjugate Vaccine (TCV) campaign in 12 out of 24 districts of Punjab. Click here to learn more.
ARTS-BASED METHODOLOGIES COURSE | SOUL TALK
Our second course on arts-based methodologies scheduled in the month of June, 2021 brought in therapists, artists, designers, writers and beautiful souls where we dedicated four weekends to intuitive art-making, body-awareness through Qigong, mindfulness techniques and connecting to our communities, nature & environment at large.
MAI-KARACHI | KARACHI CULTURAL MAPPING - ANALOGUE TO DIGITAL JOURNEY
Mai-Karachi is set up as a community-based collaboration with local artists, cultural actors and students to explore and document the cultural spaces and dynamics of the city of Karachi. To learn more about the project, visit our website: mai-karachi.com/
Get in touch if you wish to be a part of this exciting endeavor by writing to
INTRODUCTORY COURSE ON ARTS-BASED METHODOLOGIES | SOUL TALK
Our first "Introductory Course on Arts-based Methodologies" concluded in March. A deeply sensitive and touching work. Find the visual documentation here.
BASIC PSYCHOSOCIAL SKILLS CAPACITY BUILDING FOR COVID-19 RESPONDERS, MINISTRY OF HEALTH SINDH
From July to September 2020, we conducted three-day art-making workshops with over 100 front-line health workers from the Ministry of Health, Sindh. Read the full report here.
PSYCHOSOCIAL SUPPORT & STIGMA PREVENTION FOR COVID-19 INFECTED/AFFECTED POPULATION IN QUARANTINE AND ISOLATION
In four months over 600 attend art-making workshops in the Psychosocial support project for people affected and infected with COVID-19. Read the complete report here.
During the process, we captured the experience of a quarantined individual and why must he hide his face? Click here to watch film.