Peace of Mind Afghanistan

Peace begins from within our own minds and inside our own homes

Our Philosophy & Vision

Our Philosophy

  • When you are at peace with yourself, you are at peace with other
  • When you take care of yourself, you can also be there for others
  • When you are at peace with yourself, you can work with the collective on holding stakeholders accountable and improve the life quality and life trajectory of vulnerable communities

Our Vision

  • Anti-discriminatory; intersectional; inclusive
  • Human dignity: adjusting state services and civil society to the different needs of communities and its members in light of political, economic, and social modalities of production and reproduction
  • Social services: bottom-up or community-led approach; creating social infrastructures oriented at the needs of the local communities; creating access to educational and socio-economic mobility through capacity building
  • Decreasing dependencies, fostering self-determination: harm reduction and sustainable socio-political transformation through mindfullness; mental health care; psychosocial support networks, initiatives and long-term self-help groups; political and social education; access to affordable mental and physical health care

Background on PoMA

POMA has an advisory board of international & national experts
Independently-registered with the government of Afghanistan, under the stewardship of
Lyla Schwartz, POMA provides a range of services that have grown beyond dispensing
specialist mental health and psychological support services for those working with
at-risk populations in Afghanistan services, in particular trauma-related, for
people with and without special needs; gender and children’s rights, politics and social welfare;
as well as in politics and the sociology of armed non-state groups.

What sets POMA apart from other organizations
POMA the only major local Afghan institutions dealing specifically with the issue of mental
health. Furthermore, we are female led and have decades of cumulative expertise in the fields
of gender mainstreaming as well as mental health and psychological and social services. Importantly
, POMA emphasizes building its own internal culture of workplace safety – not only in terms of
mental and physical wellbeing but also in terms of our own organizational culture aimed at building
safe and harassment-free work spaces, and therefore leading by example.

Our Partners

Among governmental partners of POMA in Afghanistan are

POMA works with NGOs and IOs

Simultaneously, POMA works with NGOs and IOs through its Mental Health Working Group or as sector stakeholders. In the private sector, POMA cooperates with businesses in the national and international telecommunication industry enabling access to latest technologies to facilitate and manage internally human resources as well as for virtual teaching and training purposes and counselling sessions.
Since 2018, POMA has been building a platform of actors from the government, not-for-profit and private sectors all united around a core set of values, including improving mental and physical wellbeing, and ensuring protection from physical, psychological and sexual harm. In order to achieve this, POMA has been engaged in trainings and capacity building focusing on specific issues such as sexual harassment in the workplace, dealing with mental health, providing psychological first aid, amongst others.
Furthermore, POMA fosters an extensive transnational and interdisciplinary network of researchers and practitioners specialized in Afghanistan Studies with an emphasis on Psychology as well as Mental Health Care and Psychosocial Support; Gender and Sexuality Studies; Historiography; Geopolitics and Geoeconomics; Disability Studies; War Studies and Development Studies.