Psychodrama Austria – Mitglieder

Abgeschlossene Projekte

Das Ziegenprojekt in Lindi / Tansania

(Ethno-)Psychodrama in Tansania mit Klaus Ottomeyer

Auf Initiative der NGOs AfriCarinthia und Chawali war es gelungen, eine finanzielle Unterstützung seitens des Landes Kärnten für ein Ziegenprojekt in Tansania zu erwirken. Etwa 60 ärmere alte Leute aus dem Dorf Kineng´ene, die für mehrere Enkel sorgen, nachdem ihre eigenen Kinder an AIDS gestorben waren oder die Region verlassen hatten, sollten zwei Ziegen bekommen, die ihre Wirtschaftslage verbessern sollen. Das Projekt wurde von Prof. Klaus Ottomeyer und Dr. Helga Mračnikar psychodramatisch unterstützt. Die Filmaufnahmen zum Projekt wurden von Helga Mračnikar durchgeführt.



Goats and social protection: Follow-up project for older people in Kineng´ene

(…) From the very beginning, when we designed the framework of our study on social protection for older people, it was our intention to initiate a concrete intervention based on the generated empirical findings. Discussions with the age care organisation CHAWALI and with village leaders in Kineng´ene called for a non-monetary credit program in the form of a „goat loan project“. (…) Such projects can be located within a social protection framework referred to as „asset protection and building“ (Ellis, Deveraux and White, 2009). Since poor households are asset-constrained by definition, ameliorating these constraints can provide an effective route out of poverty. For a poor rural area like Kineng´ene, a given loan in form of livestock can contribute to asset building as well as food security and health promotion. (…)

The project is designed in a way that older people´s households are provided with a loan in the form of two female goats. (…) After a period of some months the males should be forwarded to other households following a rotation principle. (…) In total 120 goats were distributed. The underlying idea of the project is that not only the first recipients should benefit but also other older people and their relatives. (…)

The overall objective of the project was to improve the quality of life and the economic and social well-being of older people in meeting their basic needs, hence to reduce poverty and vulnerability within the project area (Pirker and Ebner, 2010). In the long term, it is expected that the entire village community would benefit from the scheme. (…)

There were several preparatory activities before the actual project was launched. (…) Thereafter, these beneficiaries had to build proper goat huts, their personal contribution to the project being man-power and timber. Immediately before the start of the project, a one day workshop was held in order to identify and reflect on key challenges and constraints of such a project. This workshop was offered by two Austrian experts for psychodrama and supervision, Klaus Ottomeyer and Helga Mračnikar, and facilitated by members of CHAWALI. (…) This cooperation contributed to the intercultural characteristics of the whole project. (…)

In principle all goat recipients stated that the project is beneficial to them and that it offers possibilities to improve their situation.

Aus: Helmut Spitzer & Zena Mnasi Mabeyo (Hg.):
In Search of Protection. Oder People and their Fight for Survival in Tanzania (S.  119-123)


Reisebericht mit Projektbeschreibung von Klaus Ottomeyer (2010). Empfohlen nicht nur als Hintergrundinformation zum Video.



Zum 3-tägigen Seminar mit Prof. Joe Moreno

ein Bericht zum Download: dreamandreality


Ein Bericht über das Fundraisingprojekt für das Morenohaus (auf Englisch)

News about the Moreno-House

In the FEPTO council meeting in May it was stated that the board supports this project and the project group might get money through Soros foundation and others.
The General Assembly asked for the address of the governor of Lower Austria so each FEPTO member could send him a letter and I sent it via email. M. Gasseau said that there is some money in EU for restoration of houses.
In the seven chairs group V. Romek suggested to prepare postcards to the governor of Lower Austria. He will distribute it at their local conference showing that Moreno museum being installed by worldwide psychodrama community. He suggested producing T-shirts, bookmarks and the like. Others suggest raising the fee of an institute membership for 5 to 10 Euros. G. Pinter said the associations should forward that money to the Moreno house account. Also possible is to raise the fee of conferences for 5 to 10 Euros; a certificate could be printed on the back side of the Moreno house brick (print). The project group could even sell “corner stones” for 500 to 1000 Euros and offer two days free of use of Moreno house.
Once more I am working on the statutes of a J.L.Moreno association, at the moment in German because of Austrian burocracy. The aim is to be tax reducible.
The local government of Lower Austria told us that they do not want to buy the house, but if the municipal and federal government will found they will join with a third. Zerka and Joseph Moreno sent a letter to the governor. Representatives of Freud and Jewish museum of Vienna told me that in both cases the municipal bought the house. At the moment the office which safes houses as a monument told that there were changes at the house in the 20th century so it is not possible to safe it.
The Moreno house project was presented at the Sibiu (Romania) Moreno conference and the Suzhou (China) conference of expressive art therapy and psychodrama. Horatiu Nil Albini helped a lot to sell bricks (prints), the Hungarian Association, Zerka Moreno and others did as well.
Vöslau Seminar was great you can read a report of Gabriela Moita in this issue.
New hopes bring Dr. Barbara Krebs (Frankfurt) and Dr. Manfred Drücke (Heidelberg) from Germany, who will donate a lot of money and will find others to do so. Drücke visited Maital 4 with his son who is an architect in Linz, Upper Austria. And new motivation I got from Dr. Dinah Marin-Surkes from Vienna, she knows a lot of politicians. There is also a start with contact to Jewish community of Vienna. Gabriella Pirobon from AIPSIM in Bologna and Marco Greco in Turin (Italy) will try to find industrial sponsors.
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Michael Wieser