Help The Children.

I got this extremely supportive e-mail from a girl in UAE yesterday, I’ll raise a valid point she made in her e-mail:

After the tsunami occured, I had read on many news sites, on the importance of Psychological Counselling after such tragedies, and how essential it is for the effected people. The relief efforts that are taking place in Karachi and the rest of Pakistan at the moment, are amazing. The essential medical facilities and food supplies being offered will help the victims get through physically. But the emotional and mental damage for the survivors, who have lost loved ones and all their possessions, this will be one of the toughest things they will have to face in life. Especially for the children, who will be traumatised by this incident. They require professional assistance to help them cope with it, so that their emotions are channeled the right way. I thought that there could be some way in which volunteers could be arranged, who are just skilled and trained psychologists. They could go in to the affected areas and start helping, ASAP.

After reading through the e-mail, I looked around on various aid agencies’ website and found this from UNICEF’s website:

UNICEF believes that maintaining access to education is essential after an emergency. It is the key to children’s long-term opportunities and creates a sense of normalcy for the child in a very stressful time. UNICEF is sending school-in-a-box kits and tent schools to ensure children return to school as soon as possible. Recreation kits and child-friendly centres are being provided to help children recover from trauma and if necessary family├▒tracing mechanisms will be put in place to reunite any unaccompanied and separated children.

I also found this from the insanityWORKS website:

PIMS Children’s Hospital
The PIMS Children’s Hospital desperately needs toys. Please donate any new and/or used toys you can get your hands on to them. Over 200 children need psychological relief from the trauma they have suffered. (PIMS Address:

People, PIMS is mainly treating all the injured children – donate all the toys you can to them – it might help bring smiles to the faces of children who have seen far too much. Also, if there any therapists or psychiatrists who can volunteer in the affected areas, please get in touch with the Joint Action Committee of NGOs or sign up at the PAF Museum relief camp.

1 Comment so far

  1. Fahad Fateh (unregistered) on October 13th, 2005 @ 5:18 pm

    Its a very good idea to get some volunteers to help people cope with this psychologically, but I think it would be more appropriate for these volunteers to teach the local people/medical staff(if possible) how to handle such cases. Since such cases usually take months and years to get fully treated and I dont think any volunteer will like to live that long with the victims. The volunteer can come and go and the local people can take care behind them.

    Also the government can hire local people(even better if they are trained by the above mentioned volunteers) to keep walking around different areas and keep talking positively to people, raising their hopes and helping them in looking towards the future rather than the past.

    It might be a punishment for some from God but its a test for the rest of the nation. May God give them the strength to live through this and give us the strength to help them stand on their legs with their heads high.

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