Srebrenica (in Bosnia and Herzegovina)
CREA THERA was founded in 2007 by the Bruges music therapist Thomas Deleu. At that time, the organization was mainly active in Srebrenica (Bosnia and Herzegovina). Children, youth and adults from this traumatized community were able to participate in creative activities, especially music and art therapeutic workshops.
Music Home (in Flanders)
At the end of 2016, Crea Thera started working in various refugee reception centers in Belgium. In 2017, an impulse subsidy came from the province of West Flanders to offer music therapeutic workshops in 2 refugee reception centers and a community house. The project was named MUSIC HOME.
Beats, Words & Moves (in Flanders)
Since November 2017, the integration support project BEATS, WORDS & MOVES has been running in a cooperation agreement with the province of West Flanders. In 2 reception centers, 3 primary schools and 2 secondary schools (with OKAN classes) there were 14-day workshops held for preschool children, primary school children, unaccompanied minors, young women and adults.
As much as possible in mixed groups: people from here and newcomers. The focus was mainly on empowerment and connection.
In July 2019, Crea Thera provided a first training in Lebanon. Youth workers from the NGO LOYAC learned how to use musical working methods to use with refugee children from the Bekaa Valley.
Together with LOYAC, Crea Thera will realize a project from July 2021 to July 2023 to train youth workers to work with different target groups. Thomas Deleu (music therapist / project leader) and Anne van den Ouwelant (art therapist trauma support) will do the training.