For these two young siblings life had been extremely difficult; they had spent their earliest, most vulnerable, years growing up without any proper parental supervision, with only each other for love and protection.
When Bagi first arrived at our Ger Village it was clear to see that she had a lot of pain and sadness inside. She would get angry very easily, shouting, swearing and becoming physically aggressive towards the other children and staff. Bagi didn’t like to talk to anyone about how she was feeling and would often cry on her own without telling anyone what was wrong and why she was so sad.
After working with our Foundation’s psychotherapist, Nomin, and attending regular art therapy sessions, Bagi began to show significant changes in her behavior. Nomin described how when she first started working with Bagi she drew a picture of a girl in black without any face; she refused to use colours or draw anything else on the paper. Her drawings continued like this for a while and were particularly dark and heavy whenever something happened that upset her.
With the changes in Bagi’s art there have also been significant changes in her overall attitude and behavior. She is becoming a much calmer and happier child who enjoys playing with the other children, going to school, and participating in the village’s activities. She has also started to open up to Nomin, talking about her mother and the life that she led on the streets.
Bagi has her own artwork folder, which she enjoys looking through and seeing all of the pictures she has created. She feels happy and proud of all her drawings especially the ones that are bright and colourful. Although there is still a long journey ahead we are confident that with ongoing love and support Bagi will continue to grow as a happy and centred child who will ultimately go on to lead a fulfilled adult life.
*All names have been changed to protect this families privacy