Summary project

  • Main Topic: psychosocial support intervention for young children (5-7)
  • Target Group: children of 5-7 years old & their parents or caregivers
  • Locations: Wau and Jur, South Sudan
  • Role of ARQ International: provide training to the Sudanese community counsellors who will work with the children on basic psychosocial support skills, principles and techniques


Build your own Buddy

Psychosocial Interventions tailored to the needs of younger children - beyond 'recreational activities' - in emergency or (post) conflict settings are scarce. Build your own Buddy (BoB) is an innovative pilot project that aims to develop a psychosocial intervention for groups of 5-7 year old children in South Sudan, inspired by the children’s version of Narrative Exposure Therapy (NET) and reinforcing the approach with a picture story book and a ‘personal buddy’ (a self-made puppet or the like).

The role of ARQ International in this project is to provide the counsellors at community level with basic psychosocial training and follow up, focusing on skills in working with young children and family (systems).

This innovation project is funded by the DRA Innovation Fund 2019. A cooperation with Red een Kind (Save a Child) and TNO.

Check this website, for more information about the project.