About the Jiyan Foundation
100% of profits from this shop directly support the therapeutic treatments provided through the Jiyan Foundation.
"This is more than just a treatment center. It is a hospital, a school, a private clinic, and a social counseling office for our clients. They trust us and believe that we can help them and change their situation for the better. Our patients tell us many hidden subjects and secrets, describe their pains and sometimes speak to us about their dreams. They are lost between past suffering and present struggle."
Therapist, Jiyan Foundation for Human Rights
About the Jiyan Foundation for Human Rights
The Jiyan Foundation for Human Rights supports survivors of human rights violations, defends fundamental freedoms and promotes democratic values in Iraq and Syria. We seek a democratic society that protects the dignity of the human being, where adults and children enjoy the rights to life and freedom, and citizens are free from torture and terror.
Our work follows the core values set out in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. We believe in human dignity and promote respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms set out in the declaration. We help survivors of human rights violations, regardless of their age, gender, ethnic or religious affiliation.
In 2005, we opened the first treatment center for victims of torture in the city of Kirkuk, Iraq. Since then, we have established a network of twelve facilities in northern Iraq and northern Syria, supporting thousands of women, men and children every year.
The Jiyan Foundation provides survivors of violence and their families with physical rehabilitation, mental well-being and social reintegration programs. We are committed to ensuring that survivors can exercise to their basic human rights and are protected from further attacks. Through training and research, we are constantly improving the quality of our work. Our programs are:
- Program for Trauma Care and Health
- Program for Rights and Justice
- Program for Democracy and Civil Society
- Program for Training and Capacity Building
- Program for Research and Evaluation
Today we run a total of twelve treatment centers throughout northern Iraq and Syria where we've treated over 60,000 medical cases and more than 35,000 survivors of torture, trauma, and violence have received mental health services.
About the Healing Garden in Chamchamal
A new project of the Jiyan Foundation is the construction of a therapeutic garden for women and children in the city of Chamchamal. The healing garden is a place of rest and security for women, children and their families who have experienced violence and persecution.
Three Generations of Trauma
The city of Chamchamal is located in the Kurdistan Region of northern Iraq. The population suffered here especially under the brutal regime of Saddam Hussein. During the so-called Anfal operations of the 1980s, people were violently expelled and lost their livelihoods.
Children and adolescents in particular suffer from the long-term consequences of these attacks. Many parents are still emotionally and physically impaired by their experiences of violence. Some cannot work, others take out their anger and despair on their children. Neglect and domestic violence are common in many families.
Since 2010, the Jiyan Foundation has been the only point of contact for traumatized women and children in the region. Our psychological team treats more than 500 people every year.
Holistic Therapy in Nature
Our healing garden is located right next to the treatment center in Chamchamal. It unites a range of natural therapies unique in Iraq. Here, severely traumatized women and children have an opportunity to:
- Build relationships with animals, nurture them and thereby learn to trust again so as to open up to others (animal-assisted interventions)
- Create gardens, tend to plants and gain new hope and perspective through stewardship (garden therapy)
- Stay in a protected environment and recover
In the healing garden there are play areas for children and adolescents. Here they can let off steam and playfully release their creative powers. On sandy surfaces, they can build or destroy things and express themselves.
The women and children in the healing garden are accompanied by our specially trained therapeutic team.