About Amal For Children

Amal For Children’s first animation series is a 9-episode 3D series, called ‘The Map, the Compass, and the Anchor’, that is based on the film “Saleem.

Set in a small town in the Middle East, this animation tells a powerful and uplifting story of hope, resilience, friendship, and community, through the lens of a 9-year-old boy. Saleem arrives in the new town, carrying burdens of the past, after losing his father and experiencing displacement with his mother and two siblings. Outside their small rooftop apartment, Saleem stumbles upon a wooden chest. A mystical pigeon beckons him to open it, revealing what seems to be a treasure map. With new friends, Fares, Zeina and Abboud by his side, Saleem embarks on a life-changing treasure hunt adventure, filled with clues, challenges, healing, and victory. Saleem’s heartwarming redemptive story highlights mental health and offers unique and rich cultural insights. Its universal themes make it relevant and meaningful to children everywhere.

Millions of children in the MENA region and around the world live under stressful and deteriorating mental health conditions. With little to no access to mental health and psychosocial support services (MHPSS), and inhibited by cultural stigma around mental health, many are left to face the consequences of untreated PTSD, depression, and anxiety alone. This groundbreaking media project aims to stand in the gap, by offering culturally relevant psychosocial tools for care providers and practitioners.

AFC includes the following:

  • A 9-episode 3D animation series “The Map, the Compass, and the Anchor” that is based on the film “Saleem”.
  • A 10-lesson step-by-step group curriculum guide for care providers working with children.
  • Clinical guides.
  • Skill-builder live-action videos.
  • Activity sheets for children.

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.