Refugee Trauma Initiative (RTI) provides specialist psychological first aid to men, women and children experiencing multiple and varied forms of trauma caused by war, torture and ongoing displacement. As the only charity in Northern Greece with this dedicated mission, we are conscious of our responsibility to set standards, develop guidelines and lead by example. Our core programmes form the basis for this mission:
· Psychosocial Support (PSS)
· Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD)
· Training & support for volunteers and aid workers
As a principled organisation, RTI employs highly qualified and experienced professionals who possess the common language and cultural awareness necessary to build meaningful impact on a foundation of trust and understanding. Our programmes are designed with an emphasis on cultural sensitivity in a dynamic consultation with recipient populations, and are facilitated in safe spaces where participants are encouraged to choose the topics they want to discuss and use the skills they have learned. By conducting our work in this way, we seek to restore agency and dignity, provide a source of support and stability in an environment defined by the opposite, and ultimately prepare them for integration.
With a commitment to professionalism and scrutiny we have a duty to serve as a guide for other organisations’ staff and volunteers. Not everyone working with refugees in Greece is equally equipped to deliver services in a culturally sensitive way or to cope with the high levels of stress inherent to humanitarian work. By building the capacity of other organisations through training and support sessions, we are able to extend RTI’s reach far beyond our regular support groups.