The escalation of the conflict in South Sudan, combined with drought and famine, has forced many people to flee the country. In the refugee camps in northern Uganda, women and children in particular are in need of psychosocial support.

Women Win works together with the Community Psychosocial Support Organisation (CPSO) to respond to the needs of these refugee women, adolescent girls and children, who have escaped the civil war in South Sudan, and enable them to cope with trauma more effectively.

Through sport and play activities, Women Win builds on the “Women on the Move” program and aims to create safe spaces where women, girls and children feel comfortable to talk about their traumatic experiences, and are listened to and supported. During these entertaining sessions, the refugees can relax, put their worries aside, rebuild their self-confidence and foster social cohesion. They are also encouraged to participate in livelihood activities in order to increase their income.

By improving their resilience and coping strategies, CPSO also helps girls and women get on with their daily lives and deal with everyday activities. Participants are less restricted by stress and anxiety and they can concentrate on their tasks and have the strength to complete them.