A day in the life of Arif in Türkiye
Months after the February 2023 earthquakes in Türkiye and Syria, families continue to feel its severe impacts and children’s mental wellbeing is being pushed to the limits.
In crises like this, when children have been exposed to life-threatening events, they need help to recover and come to terms with what’s happened. Without the right support, the psychological toll on children can be huge.
Help to overcome terrifying experiences
In Türkiye, Save the Children child protection officer Arif goes out to the villages with his team to provide support to those who have been impacted by the earthquakes. Providing psychosocial support to children is a key part of Save the Children’s response to help children recover.
In his role, Arif engages with children and adults in a range of ways - including play - to provide mental health support. Members of his team conduct play-based recreational activities in a safe and protected space so children can process what happened and have fun.
A full day’s work
Arif takes us through a day in his life as he and his team visit one of the worst hit villages in Türkiye. His day starts before 8am as the team prepare to leave.
“It will be a lot of fun for them [the children] because anytime we enter a village they’re [forming] a circle around us, and they’re very excited and happy and we see the smile in their faces. That makes us happy. As a team that’s where we get our energy,” Arif says .
Watch as Arif shares his day.