About Amal

The Amal Animation Series’s first video installment is a 9-episode 3D animation series, called ‘The Map, the Compass and the Anchor’.

Amal’s ‘The Map, The Compass and The Anchor’ is an endearing story with many positive themes that not only uplift the viewer, but also offer comfort and hope to children going through similar circumstances. While Saleem’s story is set in the Middle East, it has universal themes that make it relevant and meaningful to children anywhere. Set in a small town in the Middle East, this uplifting and touching story revolves around a 9-year-old boy named Saleem. After losing his father to conflict, and experiencing displacement with his mother and two siblings, Saleem struggles with starting life over in the new town.

Saleem suffers from emotional distress and shows symptoms of PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), as he struggles to adapt to his new environment. Amidst his despair, an uplifting journey of adaptation, resilience, healing and hope picks up when one morning, Saleem finds a mysterious wooden chest with a treasure map inside. This map takes him and his new friends, Fares, Zeina and Abboud, on an adventure, to reach a treasure he never knew he needed!

Each of our 9 episodes revolves around a therapeutic theme, and is suitable for children aged 8-14. The coping skills demonstrated in the series are designed to empower and equip children by helping them identify, understand, and deal with their symptoms of PTSD, toxic stress, anxiety and depression, building resilience along their journey of healing.

In a region where children face grave mental health conditions, and lacks adequate mental health services, resources and psychosocial support, this groundbreaking media project aims to stand in the gap, by offering culturally relevant psycho-social tools for caregivers and practitioners who care for distressed children. Each episode is built around a specific therapeutic goal, and is supported with material relevant to this goal, including additional videos and skill building content.

In addition to highlighting the crucial role of professional psychosocial support and therapy, this series also highlights the nurturing role of community. The support of people around Saleem (our main character) and his family, plays a significant role in helping them thrive. It is our desire to inspire and encourage host communities engaging with vulnerable children, refugees, and seekers planted amongst them.