Amany

Egyptian Delegation Leader, 2009
Seeds of Peace GATHER Fellow, 2020

IMPACT: SOCIAL

Using art therapy to transform conflict.

How have you impacted your community?

I’m the founder of “Barah” an Arabic word meaning “vastness.” That is the goal of my work: to help people reach their own inner vastness where they are able to meet their true authentic self.

My project focuses on creating the safe space for self-exploration, self-awareness, and inner conflict transformation through using art modalities together with profound counselling and facilitation.

The focus of my work is mainly women, particularly refugees. Through arts I work with them to face their challenges and explore their preconceived self-image, cultural norms, and worldviews. This increases their consciousness of their inner world, and facilitate inner transformation.

I found passion in arts and mental health five years ago, a powerful discovery that led me to make a major career shift from working as a communications director in a multinational NGO to becoming an art therapy practitioner.

During my GATHER Fellowship, I plan to grow Barah into a sustainable social enterprise and increase its impact.

I am Egyptian and hold a master’s degree in Medical Chemistry. Since deciding to follow my passion, I’m on a never-ending learning journey in the world of arts and mental health.

“Inner conflict transformation is the core of my work and is the foundation of transforming wider conflict.”