SECOND CHANCE AFRICA LEGACY

 
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Prison Mental Health

Years of operation
2009, 2010, 2011, 2012.
Location: Monrovia Central Prison, Liberia.

Target Beneficiaries
Male and female inmates, adult and juvenile at the Monrovia Central Prison displaying symptoms of PTSD.

Program Format
Weekly support groups designed to reduce symptoms of trauma, depression, addiction, somatization, aggression, building support systems and integrating individuals back in society.

Impact
680 direct beneficiaries - 520 males, 160 females. Age range: 16-63. 
The Liberian Ministry of Justice reported lower levels of rebellion in the prison during the years Second Chance programs were provided. It was also constantly reported that inmates request the Second Chance program over any other psychosocial project offered. 32 inmates became frequent visitors at our office in Monrovia upon release from the prison - most of which we still maintain a close relationship with and have witnessed full rehabilitation over the years.
 

 Community Outreach

Years of operation
2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013.

Target Beneficiaries
Former child soldiers (war affected youth)/ ex-combatants, and women recovering from physical and/or sexual violence and drug abuse.

Program Format
Weekly literacy classes and mental health group interventions. The curriculum was designed to reduce symptoms of trauma, depression, addiction, somatization, aggression, building support systems and integrating individuals back in society. 

Target Areas
2 impoverished communities in Liberia: Logan Town and West Point.

Impact
715 direct beneficiaries - 675 males, 40 females. Age range: 18-45. 
65% of participants presented significant PTSD symptom improvement based on pre and post assessments conducted with the Harvard Trauma Questionnaire (HTQ). 42% presented significant life changes, measured by: 1. Drug detoxication; 2. Employment (securing or searching for); 3. Voluntary relocation from harmful environments where drug use, organised crime and abuse were predominant activities.

 

Health Workers Capacity Building

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Years of operation
2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013.

Location
Buduburam Camp in Ghana; Monrovia; Redemption Hospital, Liberia.

Target Beneficiaries
Lay workers, caregivers, nurses, doctors and medical assistants.

Program Format
- Clinical training.
- Self-care workshops to promote mental health of health professionals, address vicarious trauma and burn out.
- Training to nurses and doctors to identify somatization of PTSD symptomatology of patients in hospital settings.

Impact
388 direct beneficiaries - Male: 126, Female 262. Age range: 20-55.
A survey conducted with participants in self-care sessions indicated a 42% improvement on quality of life over a 24-month period. We lacked funds to verify diagnostic accuracy in hospitals and following-up impact of new trainees.

SYNC was founded in 2008 as Second Chance Africa (SCA), a name kindly proposed by one of our very first participants who said "trauma relief was just like getting a second chance in life".

While SYNC marks a new exciting phase for our organization, pursuing advanced research and extending our mission globally, we will always fondly remember our first decade as clinical service providers. We express gratitude to our thousands of beneficiaries during the Second Chance years, they contributed immensely to our understanding of cross-cultural trauma, treatment and diagnosis in Africa. We continuously apply the knowledge they gifted us with in our daily work to create and disseminate the best care for those who still await support.

                                    In Memory of Mr. Gibson (LUADA) and Marie Toe.

Beneficiaries by Year

Combined Costs: $151,436 USD

  We are proud to have kept our projects very cheap,
under 50,000USD each year. 









Child Resiliency Project

Years of operation
2009, 2010, 2012, 2013.

Target Beneficiaries
Children at risk for intergenerational trauma. Parents, teachers and caregivers with PTSD.

Program Format
Workshops on trauma, abuse and parenting skills for adults. Therapeutic games for children to build resilience.
 

Impact
1920 direct beneficiaries:
1850 children (M 895, F 955) Age range: 2-17. 
70 Caregivers, age range: 20-65.

Trained caregivers demonstrated advanced knowledge on intergenerational trauma, the impact of abuse on children, and willingness to stop/ help prevent violence against kids. We monitored for child abuse and violence rates at all institutions during our operation - no reports were filed. Measuring impact for this project is a long-term, expensive effort and unfortunately, we lacked the resources to do so. We strongly advise institutions who wish to implement resiliency programs to plan for frequent follow-ups with the children.  


Buduburam Refugee Camp

Years of operation 
2008 and 2009

Target Beneficiaries
Liberian refugees.

Program Format
Daily trauma workshops aimed at psychoeducation and reducing symptomatology.

Impact
3,334 direct beneficiaries:
1214 males, 2120 females
Age range: 16-82. 
    
    While as a small grassroots we were unable in such early stages to measure symptom changes of thousands of refugees, this project had a tremendous impact: it established the operational model of our clinical programs in the following decade.
A small group of refugees that participated in workshops voluntarily decided to gather and pass on the trauma relief techniques they learned to other refugees that needed it. Between August 2008-June 2009, they independently organised and hosted workshops without foreign assistance and funding across the camp. Budget: $0. Their only purpose was to help as many people as they could to lessen the overwhelming trauma among the community.