The Center for International Stabilization and Recovery (CISR) at James Madison University (JMU) and the Lebanon Mine Action Center (LMAC) hosted 29 landmine survivors for a week-long peer-support program in Hamama, Lebanon from May 8-15, 2011.
The program, Pathways to Resilience (P2R), was a workshop providing an innovative regional leadership and training program for survivors of landmines and explosive-ordnance injuries in the Middle East, and hosted participants from Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, and Yemen. The workshop helped survivors make meaning of past events, learn to manage emotions in new ways, find social support, personal strength and inspiration. Program activities promoted resilience using experience-based learning followed by reflective observation.
CISR has identified a need to facilitate the emotional and physical recovery of ERW and landmine victims, and train those survivors to help others in need within their countries of origin. “P2R provided a unique opportunity for participants to develop self-confidence, emotional and physical health, and life direction while empowering them to help other survivors using similar techniques in their own country,” says Dr. Ken Rutherford, Director of CISR. “The program had a profound impact on all the participants, and we hope to be able to implement additional P2R programs throughout the Middle East and other landmine/ERW-effected regions.”
As part of its commitment to addressing the harmful effects of landmines on civilians, the Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement (PM/WRA) in the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Political-Military Affairs provided the grant to fund P2R.