Tenner for a Drawing

Jan 28 2016

Tenner for a Drawing


If there is a language barrier ..

Refugees. The media is full of them. And you can just come across one. In an AZC or on the street. But how does a social worker know which needs a refugee has? What did they go through and what mark does that have on their personality? If there is a language barrier – and that is usually the case, then the much-needed insight into someone’s personality is difficult.

Drawing to Health has found a solution, namely to communicate via visual language. Visual language is universal. A so-called Refugee Assessment, which Drawing to Health can carry out for the COA, offers the answer to all questions that care providers have. A drawing gives an unambiguous insight into the character and world of thought of a refugee.

What a refugee draws, what color they give something, how much space they use: every aspect reflects something of their personality. This helps care providers to discover what is going on in the refugee and how they can best help them. And with that Drawing to Health focuses on a totally different way of providing assistance rather than just material assistance. A unique approach.


What does a Refugee Assessment deliver?

Everyone that draws, shows much of themself without noticing it. Without force or correction. Simply because visual language is the non-verbal, original language of every human. This way you can quickly get insight from a drawing where someone’s psychosocial needs lie. A drawing analysis is difficult to manipulate.


The prelude to development

A drawing also says a lot about someone’s development. A drawing often shows unmistakably at which point someone stands, where the person wants to go and what is needed for that to happen. This raises all sorts of follow-up questions about the development that a refugee wants and can go through. In this respect too, reading drawings is a valuable tool for emergency workers.


Child psychology and creative therapy

The foundation of the Refugee Assessment comes from child psychology and creative therapy. In both disciplines it is perfectly normal that children and adults make drawings and that responsible conclusions from these drawings are drawn.


Why a ‘Tenner For a Drawing’?

For every €10,- donated by business or private individuals, I can buy materials to carry out assessments for refugees. My goal was to collect €5000,-, so that I can analyze twenty drawings. Of course, I hoped that more money was donated, so that I could help even more people. Because that’s what it’s all about!


Who is Drawing to Health?

Drawing to Health is the consultancy firm of Irene Weerkamp from Deventer. Irene can rely on extensive work experience as a teacher in special secondary education, where she specializes in the autistic target group. She quit her job in education to focus on her passion, namely to read drawings. She has also followed a training course to become a creative communication specialist.

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