“Even as they seek to rebuild their lives here, language barriers, lack of employment and adequate housing, or insufficient community connection can worsen mental health outcomes.”
How we’re supporting families in quarantine
As the families spend their first 14 days in quarantine, Save the Children has sent activity packs for the families. 200 of the packs will arrive this week for the families, with more on their way for the 3000 families being housed.
“The packs have been created to suit four age ranges of children,”
explains Save the Children’s State Director for NT, Noelene Swanson.
“These packs include toys, especially sensory toys, and were generously donated by our partners, including Kmart. We have also included psychosocial support resources for the parents which are available in both Pashto and Dari. These resources can help parents to talk with their kids about the strong emotions they will be feeling, and how they can work through those in an emotionally supported way.
“These items come in a backpack as many of the children are arriving with nothing more than the clothes on their back, and the backpack will be useful when they move on from the quarantine facility.”
An activity pack being sent to Afghan families in Howard Springs for their 6-9 year olds.
Photo: Save the Children.
Continued support for Afghans here and at home
As the families settle into life in Australia, Save the Children has offered to provide trauma-informed services to Afghan children and their families over the coming months.
And when it’s safe to do so, we’ll continue to be there for the millions of children in Afghanistan, as they navigate their way through childhood under a new leadership.