Build your Own Buddy (BOB) is a pilot project based upon theories on the neurobiological impact on the brain and brain development in children. (Ven der Kolk, 2014. Techniques are used from Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) such relaxation and coping techniques, emotional expression and regulation and from (KID)NET such as the lifeline in the parent program. A picture-story book and a personal buddy will reinforce the coping strategies. It will be piloted with preschool children (5-7 years) in Wau and Jur River Counties, Republic of South Sudan (RSS). Feasibility of the approach will be tested and outcomes in children evaluated through pre- and post-measurements. A participatory mixed method design of action-research and quantitative measurements will be applied in all phases of the innovation. If the results of the pilot warrant this, up-scaling and further implementation of the intervention, as well as further research (i.e. randomized controlled trial with a control-group) will be possible.
Viability and feasibility:
For further implementation or up scaling: