The Jiyan Foundation for Human Rights supports survivors of human rights violations, defends fundamental freedoms and promotes democratic values ​​in Iraq and Syria. They have established a network of twelve treatment facilities in northern Iraq and northern Syria, providing mental health and medical treatment to thousands of women, men and children every year. Many beneficiaries are survivors of ISIS cruelty. As part of its Program for Trauma Care and Health, the Jiyan Foundation runs a Healing Garden in Kurdistan Iraq, which works as a sanctuary for trauma survivors and where patients participate in art therapy.

This TIE project will help the Jiyan Foundation support its Healing Garden by connecting people and the patients’ artwork so that the income generated from that can sustain their work in the garden. The foundation hopes to sell prints of patients’ artwork, much of which is very good, handbags and other giftable items. Their goal is to sell these artworks worldwide, but with a special focus on the US and German markets, where the organization has a strong presence. They are keen to have this working in time for the 2020 holiday season.  You can see some examples of patient artwork here. Please get in touch if you would like to know more.