|Conscience International aid worker carries refugee boy from boat to safety. Twelve-hour shifts are exhausting and aid workers often suffer from “compassion fatigue”|
The refugee crisis in Greece and Turkey is constantly in the news with Conscience International humanitarian aid workers on-site dealing with the needs of thousands who are fleeing war and disasters in their home countries. The conditions for workers, as well as the refugees, are often repressive as well; they work day and night in over-taxing situations without regret, but when these caregivers—volunteers and humanitarian aid staff—sometimes become themselves victims of burn-out and trauma, who is there to support them?
Recognizing the problem first-hand, Conscience International has begun sending counseling teams to impacted areas. Most recently, Dr. Vanessa Snyder, Dean of Clinical Affairs at Richmont Graduate University, Atlanta, and Dr. Lorrie Slater, Assistant Dean of Students, led a Conscience International team of “compassion fatigue” professionals to Lesbos, Greece where Conscience International has been working among refugees arriving by boat and raft from Turkey since September, 2015.
The mission—counseling and training humanitarian aid workers in coping skills, stress management, how to recognize the symptoms of trauma and to deal with it appropriately.
You can share in this ‘Compassion’ effort by donating in any amount to keep this program going. Please donate here or by mail earmarked for Greece Trauma Teams to:
44 Milton Ave., Suite 122
Alpharetta, GA USA 30009 USA
For more information about our work in Greece, please click on Happening Now and scroll through for articles on Greece.