Intisar Foundation has pledged to expand the pool of qualified drama therapists in the Middle East by providing scholarships for female Arab students at USEK.
The Holy Spirit University of Kaslik (USEK), a private university in Mount Lebanon, has honoured HH Sheikha Intisar AlSabah and Intisar Foundation by naming an experiential space at USEK – “Intisar Foundation Experimental Space.”
The ceremony was on Wednesday, March 15, 2023, at USEK.
The honour is awarded in recognition of HH Sheikha Intisar AlSabah’s support to the University and her humanitarian and philanthropic work in the fields of education through positive psychology, women’s self-empowerment, and bottom-up Peacebuilding, both in the Arab world and globally.
“I am glad that USEK has recognised the significance of the Intisar Foundation’s innovative approach to Peacebuilding by developing a culturally informed psychological support programme of drama therapy – and implementing it in Arabic, by Arabs, and in line with our Arab culture and customs,” said HH Sheikha Intisar at the ceremony.
“While we can hear about our Arab women being empowered and breaking glass ceilings in certain parts of our Arab world, in other Arab regions and countries, we have hundreds of Arab women still suffering in the darkness of traumas of war and violence, poverty, refugee status, and a lack of educational, financial, professional, as well as mental health support.
“This is where you, our students, with the unique knowledge and experience that you will gain in this experiential space, come into the picture. I am certain that your future expertise and skills will drive not only innovation in the fields of mental health support and Peacebuilding in the Arab world, but that you will be the main drivers of our future social progress.”
In 2020, HH Sheikha Intisar AlSabah and Father Talal Hashem, President of USEK, signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to collaborate on nurturing the talent of Arab drama therapists. As part of the agreement, Intisar Foundation financially supported the enrollment of 15 outstanding female Arab students into USEK’s master’s curriculum in drama therapy in the Arabic language in the fall of 2020.
HH Sheikha Intisar’s Intisar Foundation is the first charitable organisation to provide drama therapy sessions to women traumatised by war and violence in the Arab world.
Officially registered as a humanitarian organisation in the UK, Intisar Foundation has been hailed for developing and introducing an innovative and scientifically-proven approach to the field of bottom-up Peacebuilding by enabling the psychological recovery and self-empowerment of women traumatised by war and violence.
Furthermore, HH Sheikha Intisar has launched the One Million Arab Women initiative, a 30-year plan to alleviate psychological trauma in one million Arab women.
Intisar Foundation has also published a number of research papers in reputed international journals which confirm the qualitative and quantitative impact of drama therapy on vulnerable populations.
To learn more about HH Sheikha Intisar AlSabah, please visit her website HERE.