CHILD TRAUMA TEAMS TRAINED IN THREE PROVINCES IN THE PHILIPPINES

CRASH Japan Director Jonathan Wilson traveled in November to three islands in the Philippines to conduct OperationSAFE child trauma trainings for local churches and organizations. The trip expanded the successful work of the first year after Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan internationally) further on the island of Samar and to new areas in Leyte and Cebu.

OperationSAFE trains people from the local community in emotional first-aid for children. The intervention builds up the entire community by not only instilling trauma resiliency principles in children but also in youth, teachers and caregivers who will continue to be there for the children long after outside help has left.

OPERATIONSAFE PHILIPPINES HAIYAN REPORT

During the months of April and May 2014, nine OperationSAFE camps were held in Eastern Samar, Philippines providing psychosocial support for 895 children.  Together with the first camp held earlier in Quinapondan the total number of children attending has been 1,077.

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Five camps were held in April and another four camps were conducted in May in six municipalities; Balangkayan, Quinapondan, Hernani, Giporlos, Balangiga and Lawaan.

CRASH Japan provided curriculum and on the field training and funding for the Philippine Children’s Ministry Network who worked together with municipal governments, NGO’s and a core team of 14 volunteers from local churches.

Major funding for OperationSAFE came from humedica e.V., the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and support raised by school children in Japan and the U.S.