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TRAUMA HELP FOR THE CHILDREN OF QUINAPONDAN

QUINAPONDAN, EAST SAMAR

The first OperationSAFE child trauma camp in East Samar will be held in Quinapondan from February 2nd to the 7th for 200 1st and 2nd grade students. East Samar is the area in centre right of the country marked in red in the map. This map shows the % of the population that lived below the poverty line BEFORE the disaster. The region is not as heavily populated as some of the other areas hit by Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) but it bore the brunt of the surge and the winds and has received much less help.
I. Background on Crisis situation

Typhoon Haiyan (known locally as Yolanda) swept through the central Philippines on 8 November killing over 6,000 and displacing 4 million people. The storm flattened homes and damaged schools, health centres and other infrastructure. Some experts estimate the storm was among the strongest ever to make landfall. About 100,000 people remain in evacuation centres six weeks after the storm. According to Philippine government and the UN the storm has affected 14.1 million people, leaving 4.1 million people displaced and over 1 million houses damaged. 6,069 have been reported dead and another 1,779 are missing as of December 16th.

II. OperationSAFE Child Trauma Camps

OperationSAFE is a child trauma intervention held to raise the resiliency of children who have been through mass trauma situations. It has been used successfully in China, Haiti, Tibet, Japan and the Philippines. The 5-day camp is run by trained volunteers in a Vacation Bible School format in cooperation with local churches. Each camp can serve 150 children between the ages of 5-12 and helps the majority of children to recover from post-traumatic stress and screens more severe cases for further care. OperationSAFE camps have been requested in 58 elementary and 78 pre-schools in East Samar.

III. Short-Term Mission Involvement

We are looking for churches to “adopt” one OperationSAFE camp. The responsibility of the church would be to raise money to sponsor children to attend the camp ($33 per child covers curriculum, supplies, staffing, travel and housing), send a short term team for a period of 10 days to assist the camp and local church host, and to provide prayer and on-going encouragement as the community recovers.

ARTS AND MEDIA HELP CHILDREN RECOVER FROM TRAUMA

OPERATIONSAFE X STREAM OF PRAISE

After the 2011 Tsunami in Japan, Mary Lee of Stream of Praise wrote a new theme song for OperationSAFE based on the story of Pete’s Adventure. This song has encouraged children who went through the tsunami disaster here in Japan and the aftermath of the nuclear disaster at Fukushima.

CHINESE AND ENGLISH

Since disasters happen often in many Asian countries around the “Ring of Fire”, Stream of Praise has created a short animation that explains how children can help other children through fears and struggles.

 

ZAMBOANGA GALLERY

OPERATIONSAFE CAMP IN ZAMBOANGA

In late December, OperationSAFE held a child trauma resiliency camp in Zamboanga, Mindanao in the Philippines. This was the first of its kind in the nation and the staff found parents begging that their children be allowed to participate because of the trauma that they had experienced.

INVITATION TO THE 2ND DISASTER CHAPLAINS’ CAFÉ

Date: January 16th, 2014 (Thu), 4:00 p.m. ~ 6:00 p.m.


Place: Ochanomizu Christian Center, Room 416



Topic: “Spiritual Care ~ Self Care 
Listening: Creating A Safe Space for Chaplains and Pastors to Speak Their Hearts”

Facilitator: Helen Kwak, CRASH Japan Care Coordinator

 Those who were involved in the disaster responders program, or who 
are still active in it, or are interested in such activities are all welcomed.
  It is a café type meeting and 
 refreshments will be provided. 
Registration is not required, but your advanced registration by e-mail
would be much appreciated.

 Sponsor: Disaster Responders Chaplain Program Committee
 (DRCnet)


Contact: e-mail: info@drcnet.jp

Tel: 03-5577-4824, Fax: 03-5577-4865

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