Ukrainian women leave their homeland, pack their whole life in a suitcase and flee to the West.
In Ukraine, they leave behind their husbands and the fathers of their children.
The absence of their fathers and the knowledge that they're in danger causes the child's safe world to collapse.
Not having a father is terrible enough, but in addition, the child has to learn to cope in a completely new environment.
The child hears a different language around him/her. The child has no familiar friends around. In a refugee situation, a young person's sense of security needs to be rebuilt and their trauma has to be addressed professionally - says Ms. Galyna Postrybailo, a Ukrainian child psychologist.
Galyna currently works in a Polish school and kindergarten with children who fled Ukraine with their female relatives at the beginning of the war.
Galyna is a refugee herself, but since arriving in Poland, she's focused entirely on helping these children and their parents overcome their traumas. - Children see more than we think, feel the nervous atmosphere and pick up clues from their surrounding - says Galyna.As part of the ‘Smart Class’ initiative, SmartAID provides psychologists like Galyna laptops and Internet access so they can diagnose and analyse each child, their developmental characteristics and psychological state, and provide each child with the right psychological support.
Galyna's work with the younger children includes music therapy, emotional therapy through games, photos and short videos. With the older children, it includes teamwork, sensory exercises and therapy for emotional problems.
To communicate with the children's families, especially those who cannot meet in person, Galyna organises ZOOM meetings and communicates with mothers as a group or individually through SmartAID’s ‘Smart Class‘ initiative.