Amal*, one of the refugees who attended the three month sports-based Keystone programme, made significant lifestyle changes for himself and his family.
Before joining the work outs and engaging in discussions with the other participants, Amal was quite discouraged in life and reluctant to attend Keystone. At the time, he was sleeping about 16 hours a day, going to bed between 03:00 and 04:00 and sitting at home the rest of the time.
About a month into the programme, when they covered the lesson on sleep, Amal set SMART sleep goals for himself and his family. Now they all go to bed at 22:00, and he gets up at 06:00. He spends his days out looking for work and taking whatever day jobs he can find.
The changes have improved his attitude and his family’s relationships. He said: “I’m not as discouraged as I used to be. I’m hopeful. My family is not at each other’s throats as we used to be either.”