Tuesday, 10 August 2010
I visited the shelters frequently and could see how quickly the children adapted to their new lives. The aunts now became mothers and each having the responsibility over 5 children instead of around 25 together with the other aunts and mother in the family houses. The children feel at ease and know that they are well looked after. The shelter really has become their house; electricity run the lights and the ventilator. The ventilator is far from being a luxury; it gets hot inside during the daytime. Artificial flowers and drawings from the children make it look like a home.
Even when they come to the so-called psychosocial tent to draw, little colorful houses with flowers are a favorite. However, some children still draw the people outside the houses; they are gradually making their way back to an emotional recovery. For most of the children the holiday just started, normally the summer holiday starts in June but since the children missed out on school so much after the earthquake it was decided to try and catch up as much as possible by shortening the holiday. Today the children from the shelter came to the psychosocial tent to draw and play again. Normally the amount of children coming is around 20-25, but school closed early today and the children kept on coming…. I had to turn quite a few down because 50 at the same time are more than I can handle.
Together with the family assistants we are making a plan for the psychosocial activities during the holidays. Some children will go and stay for a little bit with their relatives. It is important for their emotional development to stay connected with their roots as much as possible. For the other children who do not have any known relatives, dance, drama, sport and other activities will be organized. Quite a task for more than 400 children….