MARADECA Inc. in partnership with United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and funded by European Union (EU) conducted a Facilitator’s Training on Psychosocial Support Services and Peace Building prior to the deployment of the volunteer-facilitators in the selected Municipalities for them to guide and prepare on the responses of the IDPs and with the theme of “Youth participation in Peace Building and Stimulating Recovery of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs)”
The Psychosocial Support to the IDP’s affected during the armed conflict in Marawi war was conducted last July 23 to 28, 2017.
The program or activity centered on assessing the IDPs mental health and social status after the siege in Marawi City and providing them different interventions to assist them in dealing their experienced traumas and daily living.
The activity was conducted in three municipalities of Lanao Del Sur, namely: (Bubong, Buadipuso Buntong, Ramain and Saguiaran); two towns of Lanao Del Norte (Balo-i and Kolambugan) and in selected evacuation centers in Iligan City.
The activity was facilitated by twenty-six (26) the youth volunteer-facilitators in Lanao Del Sur, forty-two (42) in Lanao Del Norte and thirty-two (32) in Iligan City or a total of one hundred (100) youth volunteer-facilitators with the assistance of MARADECA staff.
In the orientation and training, the youth volunteer-facilitators will conduct Psychosocial Support and Services to the women and children with a fifty (50) number of participants both women and children.
Each team had a maximum of five (5) members which will be compose of Facilitator, Co-facilitators, Documenter, Assistant Documenter, Photo Documenter and the Material Keeper.
The program began with preliminaries before the facilitators discussed what is Culture of Peace as defined by the United Nations, that the “Culture of Peace” is a “set of values, attitudes, modes of behavior and ways of life that reject violence and prevent conflicts by tackling their root causes to solve problems through dialogue and negotiation among individuals groups and nations.”
After a short discussion, the co-facilitator raised questions to the participants about the war in Marawi, how it started and why it has to happen. Facilitators heard the answers and sharing of stories by the participants.
After the short discussion of the Culture of Peace, it was followed by a short discussion of what is Psychological First Aid. The facilitator gave an activity called “Triad.” They were grouped into three members per team. Each team member would either act as story teller, listener or observer and each will tell happy moments based on real experiences.
The activity is designed to teach one how to become an effective speaker or listener. Afterwards, the facilitator and co-facilitator discussed Psychosocial Support through an activity called “Bata Banderitas”.
The outcome and output of the activity were shared individually.
Visioning was the next part of the activity which all the participants will be asked about “What would Marawi be after three (3) years?”
At the end of all activities is an evaluation. Participants are asked how and what they feel about the activities they experienced.