After being discovered by the local authorities Amaraa was sent with her brothers to live at the Christina Noble Children’s Foundation’s Blue Skies Ger Village. When she arrived it was clear to see the psychological effects that had been caused by the hardship she had suffered in her early years. Her nervous look and withdrawn demeanor were symptomatic of a childhood experience fraught with neglect, abuse and uncertainty.
For a long time Amaraa kept herself to herself, preferring to spend time alone rather than interact with the other children and staff.
She had a beautiful kind heart but found it difficult to express her thoughts and feelings to others and so would often get very angry and shout.
In 2014 Amaraa started attending art therapy sessions with CNCF’s onsite psychotherapist. Although Amaraa had received previous psychological support, there had been little improvement in her behavior and she had never opened up about her past experiences.
It has been clear for everyone at the ger village to see the changes taking place within Amaraa since she began art therapy. Day-by-day she becomes more open and trusting in those around her; she now enjoys playing with the other children and confidently initiates conversations with the staff. She has also started learning to play the piano, which is helping her to build confidence, and similar to visual art is an avenue for Amaraa to channel her emotions in a positive and therapeutic way.
Amaraa is now experiencing a happy and secure childhood: she is safe, unconditionally loved, and respected as an individual with her own unique needs. Through art and music she has been able to explore her internal landscape and begin to heal from the deep-rooted trauma created by her horrific previous experiences. With continued support we are confident that Amaraa can go on to lead an independent and happy life, where she is able to build meaningful relationships with others and share her beautiful kind heart with those who will cherish it.