Art therapy is a form of psychotherapy that uses art media as its main mode of expression and communication.
Art therapists/art psychotherapists use art as a medium to address emotional issues which may be confusing and distressing.
At Sreepur Village, we do not have an art therapist but we do have a resident artist, Milon, who often teaches therapeutic art in his classes as the majority of children that come to live at Sreepur have witnessed or been part of a traumatic experience.
Shahana, a 13-year-old girl living at Sreepur, created this artwork based on her own traumatic experiences.
Along with her siblings and her mother, Shahana experienced a series of violent attacks from her father. When her father could not manage to pay off his debts or when their mother asked for food for the family or the children asked for money for education, the answer would always result in violence.
Shahana and her siblings begged their father not to use violence but he never listened.
At Sreepur Village, as well as these art classes, we do have qualified and experienced counsellors who are on hand 24/7 to really listen to our mothers and their children, to offer advice and care and to help them look forward with hope for a brighter future.
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Life can sometimes throw unimaginable challenges at us, but it's the human spirit's resilience and determination that can lead to remarkable stories of triumph.
Lia's life is a testament to this spirit, marked by adversity, courage, and ultimate success. Lia's story draws parallels to other stories of perseverance, and highlights the crucial role of organisations like Sreepur Village in transforming lives.
Out of the blue, at the tender age of 13, Chia found herself sitting on a bridal stage, about to marry a man who was 35 years old. Her parents had arranged the match, finding the man from their nearby locality in Bhairab.
He was a small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) businessman who occasionally sold vegetables and fruits on the street. Chia's aspirations and youthful dreams were abruptly interrupted by this sudden marriage. Instead of books, she found herself with kitchen utensils in her hands. She went from feeling like a princess to becoming a servant overnight.