Psychological First Aid for Tacloban's Children



Shane is a 5. He was diagnosed with autism when he was 2 and at first he had a hard time controlling his aggressive behaviour. Since starting school at the Aram Learning Studio in Tacloban, Shane's come a long way, but Typhoon Haiyan damaged the school, and now it's closed. There aren't any more schools for children with disabilities in the area, so at the moment Shane isn't getting help. This project will open therapy sessions for Vice and 15 other children with developmental disabilities.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

Children with special needs like Shane are among the most vulnerable members of society following a disaster. Even in the best of times autistic children in the area received little or no government help. Prior to the Typhoon Shane's parents, and families like them worked together to meet their kids' needs, but Haiyan has now crippled their livelihoods. Parents are now struggling to meet kids' basic needs in the wake of the disaster, so Shane's special needs risk being overlooked.

How will this project solve this problem?

This project will open short-term therapy sessions for Shane and 15 children like him. The sessions will be run by professional special education teachers and include art, songs, therapy, and a meal. Sessions will last for just over two weeks.

Potential Long Term Impact

By investing in the most vulnerable of Tacloban's children now, we can reduce the long-term psychological effects of the storm's after affects on vulnerable children like Shane.

Funding Information

Total Funding Received to Date: $881

Funding Information

This project is now in implementation and no longer available for funding. Received funds will be used to accomplish concrete objectives as indicated in the project's "Activities" section. Updates will be posted under the "Project Report" tab as they become available.

Donors' contributions and pledges to this project totaled $881 .  The original project funding goal was $706.



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