"The most significant thing I learned from this training is how much I missed and needed this sense of community and connection. I really do think the isolating/lonely aspects of this line of work are the most difficult and draining parts of it for me. There is simply no room to stand and say ‘I’m overwhelmed and need a break’ during an emergency. And it’s always an emergency."
As well as providing practical support to aid workers in the field today through our programs, the CBR Project is also focused on creating change at scale across the aid industry. To achieve this we are engaged in advocacy for an evolution in staff welfare and support structures in NGOs across the world. We do this through one-on-one meetings with leadership and HR departments of individual agencies, as well as through participation in global events including The World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul, Turkey and Organizational Resilience: HR at the Frontline in Barcelona, Spain.
Understanding that the most effective advocacy combines personal stories with data-rich evidence, the CBR Project engages in research partnership to estbalish proof of concept for the effectiveness of our combined curriculum of psychological education and support, mindulness, meditaion and yoga. Our partnerships bring together progressive NGOs open to sharing data and the research journey with leading academic institutions.