Responding to a request from a mission school for refugee children, CLM conducted a total of 16 sessions of process painting from October - November 2014 with refugee children from Myanmar. The school had concerns of discipline, respect for authority, aggression and lack of consideration amongst the children and teenagers in the school.
5 facilitators were involved with a total participation of 24 children and teenagers from ages 5 to 17 years old. The objective of the sessions was to provide a safe space to express difficult experiences and emotions. With each session, we observed that they were more open and accepting of themselves and others. The feedback we got from the teachers at the end of the project was very encouraging as they have seen improvements in discipline and class attendance. They also noticed that some children were more considerate to others, better at listening and open to sharing their thoughts. We look forward to have more sessions with them in 2015.
We have on previous occasion partnered with SUKA Society (Malaysia) and conducted process painting sessions for trafficked women in Kuala Lumpur. Knowing the benefits of process painting, we were once again approached by Cecil (a representative from SUKA) to do the same for another group of trafficked survivors. On 2 June - 3 June 2014, 5 facilitators from CLM made their way to a protection home in Seremban together with Cecil for an overnight 2-day outreach program. A total of 27 trafficked teenagers aged between 11 to 18 years and from different nationalities participated in the sessions. With the encouraging participation and feedback from participants, we planned for the 2nd part of the project. On 17 September 2014, we conducted 2 more sessions with 20 trafficked teenagers from Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia and Sri Lanka. The feedback from participants was positive and encouraging. They reported that the process helped them express themselves. They felt happy, relieved, relaxed and good about themselves. Cecil reported that the officers at the protection home also agreed that it was a good program.
Since early March 2014, CLM has been providing counselling services on a weekly basis to trafficked women in a protection home. We have been able to do this in partnership with the nonprofit, SUKA Society (Malaysia). From there, SUKA Society requested for CLM to conduct group works with the women. Recognizing the needs of this community and how process painting can promote their social emotional well-being, we agreed to conduct group process painting sessions with them.
8 facilitators from CLM were involved in this project with the assistance of a representative from SUKA Society who acted as project coordinator liaising with the protection home. Although 6 painting sessions were initially planned, we were only able to conduct 3 sessions due to unforeseen circumstances. A total of 35 women participated in the painting sessions. Many seemed to enjoy the sessions and were given the freedom to paint and expressed themselves.
These painting sessions contributed to the well-being of the women who participated and we look forward to more projects to benefit this community in the near future.
We are glad to have 13 excited youth (trained by CLM in process painting) to conduct 5 painting sessions with 28 children from the nonprofit, United Learning Center (ULC). ULC provides a safe shelter and learning space to more than 100 refugee children from Myanmar. We noticed the children not only enjoyed the sessions, they were more engaged in their own process and open to paint what they needed to paint.
From February to March 2014, CLM conducted painting sessions with a group of older residents and children from Calvaryland - an integrated social care centre, at Sg. Pelek, Sepang. 2 facilitators from CLM conducted a total of 12 sessions of outreach work with 11 older residents and 6 children. Having such elderly participants for the first time, we were not sure what to expect. But they really took to it! Even though some of the elderly folks were wheel-chair bound, their energy was contagious and palpable in the room. They wheeled themselves around to get the paints and participated fully in the painting process. The Home Supervisor noticed at the end of the sessions they were more jovial, sociable and relaxed. For the children, they were unsure and shy in the beginning. But as the sessions went along, they were comfortable with the non-directive approach and felt free to paint. The Supervisor for the children was grateful for the sessions as it gave the children a way to express themselves in a way that was non-threatening and safe.
In June and July 2013 and then again in September and October 2013 , the CLM team conducted workshops for the children of the United Learning Center (ULC). ULC works with more than 100 refugee children from Myanmar. A team of 3 counsellors and 6 volunteers conducted the workshops with 44 children ages 7-14. The Director of the center sent us the kids who were showing the most amount of emotional distress.
At the end of the project, we interviewed the Director of ULC, Pastor Jonathan, about the impact of the workshops on the children. This is what he had to say…Watch his testimony on Youtube by clicking HERE.
In July 2012, CLM conducted 4 workshops with the girls from Rumah Kasih. Rumah Kasih is an orphanage/shelter for girls ages 5-18. The sessions were organised to address self-esteem issues. Four counsellors and six volunteers worked with 16 girls over the course of 4 workshop sessions.
Ms. Florence the Director of the home, observed that after the sessions the "girls were more aware of their own emotions as well as more sensitive to the emotions of others”. They were also "able to manage and resolve conflicts better". She also noted the older girls were more responsive and willing to listen.