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Aref's story: please note real names and some details have been changed to protect the identity and safety of individuals involved

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9 year old Aref grew up in Daraa, Syria, where thousands of barrel bombs caused devastation to civilians and homes. In 2014/15,120 people were killed in Daraa alone. At aged 7, Aref saw a bomb drop by his house killing Mahmoud, his cousin and best friend. Until then Aref thought it was safe to play in the street by his home. His family hid underground for 3 days before fleeing to Al-Zataari camp in Jordan. There, Aref met Khaled, a counsellor trained by Luna to use a psychological technique for helping children overcome trauma (CATT). Aref had signs of PTSD; he was unable to talk about what he'd seen. He had regular flashbacks about Mahmoud’s death and was deeply anxious of losing anyone he loved. For 2 years he had nightmares. Any sounds he heard, he thought were planes. His concentration was poor and his thoughts were jumbled. He had great difficulty learning and avoided large groups of people. Khaled worked with Aref using CATT. After only 5 sessions, Aref could talk about what happened. He no longer had nightmares. He was able to play with friends and take part in social gatherings. He was able to tolerate sounds. He was able to work towards his goal of doing better at school.

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Improving lives of Syrian refugee children

LUNA works with local partners in countries where there's been conflict or violence against children. It trains (experienced) child health and education practitioners who treat children suffering the effects of psychological trauma (PTSD). In April, a Luna team of volunteers will travel to Jordan to train 20 children’s mental health workers to treat children, like Aref, who so badly need help. We must raise the money quickly to ensure that skilled help is available to these children. It costs £200 to train one local practitioner, who can then treat 20 children or more in a year who have been diagnosed with PTSD and help many more whose symptoms are less severe. The impact of their support on these children that have experienced the unthinkable will last a lifetime. The consequences of traumatic experiences and the symptoms can be overwhelming for children. Without effective treatment and support, they may be unable to live a normal life. The Child Accelerated Trauma Technique that Luna teaches (CATT) helps to improve the lives of children and young people affected by conflict and trauma all over the world. 

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06-February-2018 00:00  - 
30-April-2018 00:00

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A huge thank you to Waverley Singers for giving us the opportunity to make an appeal at their concert in Farnham on 24th March. Thank you to all who donated so generously
Donation by Brenda G
on 26-03-2018
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Luna does amazing work with people who most of the world seem to have forgotten. Thank you.
Donation by Helen Davis
on 20-03-2018
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Truly amazing work!
Donation by Siân Bolton
on 02-03-2018
£12.50 gift aid
Well done mama, a little contribution from my birthday xx
Donation by Anna Jeffcoat
on 27-02-2018
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Having watched documentaries on what remains of war-torn Syria, there is a tremendous need for voluntary organizations like Luna to help heal the wounds of surviving families, many of whom become refugees. Good luck with the campaign. Sally
Donation by Sally Martyniuk
on 17-02-2018
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Donation by Vick
on 15-02-2018
£12.50 gift aid
This training is so important
Donation by Anonymous
on 13-02-2018
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Learning for Change supports LUNA
Donation by Anonymous
on 07-02-2018
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Donation by Anonymous
on 07-02-2018
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What an amazing cause and so positive to focus on a solution for how to make such a difference in these kids lives
Donation by Adam J
on 07-02-2018

Donation summary

Online Donations: £1,371.20
Offline Donations: £0.00
Total Raised: £1,371.20
Total Raised
with gift aid:    £1,436.20

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