Most psychiatric patients in Angola have had to endure unbelievably bad conditions.
Severe cuts to already poor state funding resulted in cold, damp and filthy
conditions for the most vulnerable in Angolan society.
There is now a review taking place of all Angolan institutions, including
the old psychiatric hospitals
Resident numbers can be as high as 400+ of people with learning difficulties,
mental illness, physical disability or just people with social problems who have ended up in care. Levels of disability can
vary from very high dependancy to mild or even none.
Over the past ten years, we have delivered a programme of combined
arts therapy for special needs adults.
This consists of art, music, movement and drama therapy and basic
one to one sensorial work with adults with severe disability and sensorial deprivation.
We have found that this programme acts as a tool for introducing
Human Rights issues into insititutions where most of the residents have special needs.
It helps to provide them with their own voice while developing
confidence and self expression.
Please see further details of our combined arts therapy programme
which also covers our training manual and magazine.