Our project focuses on communities in the affected area to help minimize the “disaster after the disaster” and get community members back on their feet.
Collaborating to Provide Care
Our project focuses on communities in the affected area to help minimize the “disaster after the disaster”
and get community members back on their feet.
Real Medicine Foundation is an international NGO with an excellent track record in psychological trauma support
. We believe that “real medicine” focuses on treating the person as a whole, providing medical/physical, emotional, social, and economic support. To care for victims of Hurricane Harvey, we are collaborating with Organizational Resilience International
(a partner since Hurricane Katrina) to implement a 3-phase psychological support project
for Hurricane Harvey victims in the Houston area.
Psychological Trauma Support
Nearly 3 months after the storm devastated the Houston area, the need for psychological support
has become glaringly important. As basic needs are increasingly met via short-term support from government and nonprofit aid agencies, the emotional impacts
of such disasters begin to surface. The road back to stabilization will be years long for many in the region. For this reason, the timing of our psychological support team's efforts couldn't be better.
Training Local Ministers
In order to reach as many people as possible and to assure the delivery of services specifically designed and targeted for the recipients, we are working closely with representatives of the Christian Church in the Southwest (CCSW
), an organization covering New Mexico, Texas, and parts of Oklahoma.
The RMF team has begun providing consultations to ministers
across the affected area, and will be offering several trainings to ministers and religious leaders
from around the impacted area over the coming months. The trainings are designed to help leaders recognize some of the long-term impacts of traumatic events and to offer resources and tools so they can better support their community members.
By working with ministers, community leaders, and community members in this way, providing them with support and additional training
to help others, RMF will multiply the effect of our psychological support project
and help strengthen whole communities.