The #iamchild project was created and launched to emotionally support Syrian refugee children and create awareness on the impact of war on children by Michal Bardavid.
The #iamchild was created as a social responsibility project with the support of many beautiful people.
Special thanks to
Sezen Aksoy Cakir of Social8Agency;
Ozgur Uckan, Semih Baruh, Cem Coskun, Nedim Mekkiye, Hami Kural, Ahmet Zorlu, Ali & Ezo Sunal, Arda Turkmen and many more.
iamchild call to action video launched in 2016
Children are the ones most affected by the conflict. As of November 2019, Turkey is hosting over 3.6 million refugees. More than half of them are children. The #iamchild project was by Michal Bardavid in support of these Syrian refugee children in 2016. #iamchild is about empowering Syrian refugee children, creating solidarity among Syrian and international children, and increasing global awareness on the issue. We want people to actively, physically show their solidarity with a simple movement sequence that aims to support Syrian children’s well being. A call to action video was posted on November 20th on the Universal Children’s Day asking people to follow the instructions and post a video of #iamchild sequence – children, adults alike… anyone can join the movement by showing support with their video.
Updates: Following the call to action in Nov. 2016 - over 150 videos of the #iamchild were posted online by people all across Turkey including Erzurum, Konya, Zonguldak, Izmir, Ankara, Hakkari and Istanbul as well as some international videos including the U.S., Spain, Germany, Israel, Iraq, Switzerland, the Netherlands and South Korea. Michal Bardavid has applied the #iamchild on over 650 Syrian and 450 international students as of May 2017. The project was featured on local and international news outlets. For examples of the news reports please check our Press page.
What is #iamchild?
The iamchild sequence is made up of 5 positive sentences and 5 movements to match their meanings. The sentences are said in Arabic to create maximum effect on Syrian children. The #iamchild is a project created by dance therapist and journalist Michal Bardavid to support the emotional well being of Syrian refugee children.
The mission of the #iamchild project is to connect and empower children with the use of dance therapy and positive affirmation techniques. The main targets of this project are refugees – though the second phase also aims empowering children in general.
The first phase of the project that is made up of 5 Arabic sentences aims to:
The second phase of the project aims to create 5 #iamchild songs that will be integrated into a refugee program, whether it be in schools, camps or educational/support centers.
Each song will be on an #iamchild sentence theme such as “I am loved song” or the “I am beautiful song” and will have lyrics fitting to the theme. The songs will also have dances with movements based on dance therapy techniques. Each song will be available in Arabic, Turkish and English.
We aim to create these songs & dances and create tutorial videos of each song.
We are making connections with NGOs that have access to refugees at the moment.
The aim is to make the tutorial videos available to as many children as possible.
We hope that programs integrate dance therapy into their curriculum and arrange special times to apply these songs that aim to empower children with positive messages.
How frequent the child repeats these messages influences how much the child internalizes the ideas… eventually self-empowerment then turns into a positive habit. That is our ultimate goal.
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