Europe is considered a prosperous part of the world, and still there are many disadvantaged groups with needs that locally grown projects are trying to address. SDIA member projects have developed a UN-recognized approach for training caregivers in psychosocial development of small children that has been adopted in many countries, work with immigrant populations and disadvantaged youth, care for the elderly and youth and foster creative expression through puppetry.

 SD Britain

WISMA MULIA is a non-profit fully registered residential home providing accommodation with support for 22 people. The range of facilities and care packages allow us to welcome people who require round the clock support as well as those enjoying a more independent lifestyle.

Set in the heart of this beautiful Cotswold village with the nearby canal and river, Wisma Mulia is just a short walk from the village green, shop, post office and The Bell Inn.

Wisma Mulia was founded by a team, which included David Barker, a Bristol social worker, who was partly motivated by his desire to prepare a place for his aging mother.

“You think of an old people’s home as somewhere people have gone to fade away. This is not true at Wisma Mulia. People here are very active: they travel, they maintain contact with their families, they have their hobbies, and many write and paint. Their time at Wisma Mulia is not a time of decline, but a distinct and creative phase of life.”





SD France

Puppeteers Without Borders helps communities around the world to deal with sensitive issues through the magical art of puppetry.

SD Norway

ICDP is based on the idea that human beings are by nature social, and that also means that we, as human beings, are particularly vulnerable in our social relationships because that is the domain of our suffering and our happiness. So when we are deprived of normal human contact, there is suffering and loss, as we can see in institutionalized children.

ICDP helps vulnerable children by helping their caregivers and families. It aims to enhance and enrich the quality of adult-child relationships, by developing in caregivers a positive conception of the child as a person and by facilitating relationships that support children’s development while preventing conditions that may lead to neglect and abuse.

For that purpose ICDP has developed a cost-effective sensitization programme designed for international use that is based on current research in child development.

The programme was founded by an international team led by the late Karsten Hundeide and Henning Rye, both professors at Oslo University. They began developing ICDP in 1985 and in 1992 it was evaluated and adopted as a mental health programme by the World Health Organization (WHO). From 2001 close cooperation was also established with UNICEF, particularly in Colombia, Guatemala and El Salvador. ICDP International is active in 26 countries around the world.