Integration support – empowerment and connection by creative and therapeutic activities
CREA THERA was founded by the Bruges music therapist Thomas Deleu and is active in the region of Srebrenica in Bosnia and Herzegovina since 2007.
Children, young people and adults from this heavily traumatized community may take part in regular creative activities, especially music and art therapeutic workshops.
Creative therapists from Belgium and the Netherlands give training and supervision to two local workshop facilitators in Srebrenica who want to continue this creative offer independently.
BEATS, WORDS & MOVES
Since November 2017 the new integration supporting project BEATS, WORDS & MOVES started in a cooperation agreement with the province of West Flanders. In 2 refugee centres, 3 elementary schools and 2 secondary schools (with OKAN-classes, offering foreign students a one-year, focused study of the Dutch language), there are fortnightly workshops for preschoolers, primary school children, unaccompanied minors, young women, adults. As much as possible in mixed groups: people from here and newcomers. The workshops are provided by a professional music therapist and a experienced master in the performing arts. The focus is on empowerment and connection and in a process-oriented approach. A few times during the year there are also show moments where the wider community is invited to participate in a workshop.
End 2016 Crea Thera started to work in Flanders (Belgium), particularly in the emergency centre for refugees from the Red Cross in Sijsele. In 2017, a cooperation agreement with the province of West Flanders gave an impulse to offer low-treshhold music therapeutic workshops in 2 asylum centres (Poelkapelle and Wingene). The project was named MUSIC HOME.
Number of workshops and children
(november 2017 – november 2019)
3 Primary Schools: 109 workshops, 220 children
2 OKAN-classes: 109 workshops, 140 youngsters
2 Refugee centres: 244 workshops, 80 participants
Project Refugees Libanon summer 2018
Crea Thera wants to train local Lebanese staff in music therapeutic techniques for workshops with children.
Lebanon has nearly one million refugees. Many of them live in the Bekaa Valley, an area on the border with Syria.
Crea Thera consults with local organizations on where there can be worked. The first phase is in the summer of 2018.
Music therapists who wish to commit themselves to this project, please contact
project leader Thomas Deleu
The project was supported by
Crea Thera Bosnia
Crea Thera is an organization working on the empowerment and development of a sustainable coaching and therapeutic offer in the Birac region. Following the war in BiH, Crea Thera became active with the objective to rebuild the community.