GSN incorporates low-resource methods building upon the cultural practices and traditions of the areas where our interventions are implemented. Currently our materials have been adapted for Kenya, Somalia and South Sudan by using local folk tales, case studies and artwork. This helps participants to easily connect with the themes and understand complex ideas. Our success is built upon relationships rather than expertise by allowing communities to take charge of their healing. Programs built on western mental health models are expensive and not always adapted culturally.
We aim to effect change in the social welfare, security, governance, justice, and economic systems that form the environment of traumatized populations. As of yet a trauma-informed, multi-sectoral planning framework does not exist. GSN is currently piloting such a framework to support organizations and people working in conflict environments.
Leaders are supported by direct and virtual engagement. They are especially important because of the power they wield.
By looking at the world's problems through a trauma-informed lense, we restore hope, one life at a time.
The Green String Network
1. Our methods and materials are decidedly local.
We incorporate low-resource methods building upon the cultural practices and traditions of the areas where our interventions are implemented. Currently our materials have been adapted for Kenya, Somalia and South Sudan by using local folk tales, case studies and artwork. This helps participants to easily connect with complex themes and ideas. Our success is founded on relationships rather than expertise by allowing communities to take charge of their healing.
Our programs target the continuous cycle of violence and injustice – whether perceived or real – by addressing the various ways trauma affects individuals and communities.
2. Our communication strategy aims for transformation.
GSN understands the transformative power of art. Our communication strategy utilizes artwork to draw on the experiences of the audience and influence a positive shift in the hearts and minds of target populations.
Using art of all mediums we strengthen communal bonds and raise awareness regarding conflict and trauma-healing.
3. We conduct critical research on trauma and conflict.
We investigate the connection between trauma and instability in the areas of our programs and invest significantly in the evaluations of our interventions. Our research allows for the continued fine-tuning of our materials and tools.
Because the link between trauma and instability is not well understood we study the complex dynamics of violent conflict and extremism with the aim of raising awareness on their connection to trauma. Our research team is multi-disciplinary and utilizes a variety of methods for our assessments. The evidence so far produced highlights the need for trauma-informed approaches in the development and humanitarian fields.