JUNE 15, 2022- BENIN CITY, EDO STATE. As part of our holistic effort to address the mental health challenges of our beneficiaries, PJI organized a second life skills training further to ‘The Freedom Project,’ a Pathfinders initiative funded by the United States Department of State. Facilitators addressed ‘Coping with Emotions and Self Esteem’ and ‘Fostering Creativity and Problem Solving Skills’ for the Project’s current beneficiaries (30). In fostering a safe space, beneficiaries learned how to manage their emotions, show empathy and engage in healthy communication, irrespective of how they may feel at a particular moment. Via small groups, beneficiaries worked together to problem solve and engage in dispute resolution scenarios that mirrored their every day lives to ensure practical application.
Thereafter, and as part of our innovative approach to rehabilitation, the training continued with a music therapy session which was thoroughly enjoyed by the beneficiaries. They were also encouraged to take advantage of the mental health support which is provided to all program participants at no cost. Before they left, all beneficiaries received lunch and a transportation stipend.
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