Our Vision
To raise awareness on child mental health worldwide, and to establish a sustainable model of helping children who suffered trauma and live in the most adverse life circumstances
              Our Objectives
  • Highlight the needs of children who suffer trauma
  • Positive long-term effects and outcomes for children, communities and economies
  • Targeted and effective use of service costs
  • Communicate lessons learnt and promote models that can be adopted worldwide
  • Develop transferable technologies
   How these are being Achieved
Through Network-Building and Inter Professional Skills Acquisition
according to the six-dimension Evidence-Based WACIT Model



Partner Organizations



University of Leicester, UK               Manchester Global Foundation, UK https://le.ac.uk                                                    http://www.mcrglobal.org/

Invest in Children Global, USA
www.investinchildrenafrica.org

     International Child Mental Health Study Group
http://www.facebook.com/pages/International-Child-Mental-Health-Group/423569974422042



            
Brazil
University of Campinas
www.unicamp.br
ASEC
http://www.asecbrasil.org.br/

         Greece
SOS Children’s Villages
http://www.sos-villages.gr/
ERGO
http://ergo.academy/

Indonesia
Syarif Hidayatullah State Islamic University

USA
Road Home Programme for homeless youth
www.roadhomeprogram.org

           Turkey
   Hayat Foundation

Bangladesh
Development Research Initiative  

Pakistan
Hussaini Foundation
Pakistan Institute of Living & Learning

India
       Jamia Millia Islamia University
   www.jmi.ac.uk
Salaam Baalak Trust
 www.salaambaalaktrust.com

Kenya
Friendly Action Network Organization (FANET)

       South Africa
        Kids Haven

               Rwanda
    The Gallagher Trust

WACIT Service Transformation Framework piloted in 3 Continents

      We have built on our practice-focused training to a service framework that can help NGOs and statutory services operating in the most adverse circumstances. This involves mapping needs and stakeholders, developing and implementing action plans according to the WACIT 6-dimensions model (safety, nurturing, school and community resilience, therapeutic applications by universal practitioners and volunteers, psychological interventions, and mental health provision).
       The programme was recently piloted and evaluated in Kenya, Turkey and Brazil. It is complemented by a manual and trainer guidelines. A second grant is supporting a follow-up evaluation of its impact.
Contact us to find out more about the WACIT service transformation training!
RECENT WACIT EVENTS

2019 - Child participation and celebrating abilities in Pakistan

Great suggestions from different groups of children in disadvantaged areas of Karachi - followed by the 10-year-celebration of the Child Development Programme of the Hussaini Foundation to challenge stigma of any kind.


2019 - Child participation
in Kenya

Following the resilience workshops last year, it was the younger children's turn to give great suggestions on help-seeking and improving supports with the family, school and community.


2019 - Child participation in South Africa

Children from a slum area contributed great suggestions on help-seeking through participatory workshops


2018
With NGOs and schools in violence-torn Rio favelas

Three practice- and service-focused workshops with staff from different favela areas, where the common thread was children living with violence - through NGOs ASEC, Redes da Mare, Pastoral do Menor and SOS Children's Villages; dancing by street children; and children defining resilience in participatory workshop.


2018
With refugee children and volunteers aginst all odds in Calais
and Dunkirk


Refugees living in daily uncertainty for survival without any access to statutory supports, and volunteers running on passion and commitment, are not the easiest combination during transition. 
Yet there was system behind the creativity in a very interesting model from grassroots NGOs!

2018
Kites, musical chairs and service transformation
in Istanbul

Children's events and training always go hand-in-hand at the Hayat Foundation in Istanbul. This was no exception, with ex-street children, followed by stakeholders on the next day - a different angle from Kenya, nevertheless the proof of concept was consistent.




NEW Free WACIT Psychoeducation Training Resources

                     
     Helping Vulnerable Students with Emotional Dysregulation through Schooling
WACIT Helping Vulnerable Students with Emotional Dysregulation through Schooling.pdf

Activities and Worksheets for Teachers Supporting Vulnerable Students
with Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties
WACIT Activities and Worksheets for Teachers Supporting Vulnerable Students with Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties.pdf

WACIT Guide for Volunteers
WACIT Refugee Children Volunteers Guide.pdf

For more free psychoeducational resources, visit our Training section


NEW GLOBAL STUDY!

How do Children from different Cultures and Age groups Conceptualize Resilience and Resilience-Building Strategies?
Kenya, Turkey, Brazil & Pakistan

We recently established an interdisciplinary team (Lion Cubs) to extend child-directed research  during 2019 in South Africa

Keep an eye on this innovative project that will inform practice and interventions
You can join too, as we are using a simple and fun participatory methodology!

NEW!
e-LEARN ONLINE FOUNDATION TRAINING ON THE IMPACT
OF TRAUMA ON CHILD MENTAL HEALTH




WACIT videos of children:
Karachi Five Star School  in slums and their song
Karachi orphanage song
Islamabad orphanage stand up comedy!
Children and teacher singing in Nakuru slum
More of children and teacher singing in Nakuru slum
 

                Find more about:

  • Interprofessional Training

  • Capacity-Building

  • Consultancy

  • Establishing Networks

  • Needs Analysis

  • Impact Evaluation

  • Sponsorship Opportunities


 

Countries where WACIT has currently reached...
WACIT ON YouTube!! Click on link below to view channel and videos from WACIT visits:
 
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC97oBMZ1PSisvQYrEdGGEKg/feed