This project will provide psycho-social training for hundreds of South Korean psychologists, social workers, school counselors, and teachers working with the families of the more than 300 people, mostly high school students, that tragically lost their lives (or are still missing) in the Sewol Ferry incident of April 2014. The training will focus on practical tools needed to aid the process of coping, and provide assistance towards preventing Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in the community
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
On April 16th, 2014, the Sewol ferry sank off the southwestern island of Jindo. Over 240 lives were lost, with 60 still missing. Most of the victims were high school students from Danwon High School in Ansan city, on a field trip to nearby Jeju Island. This tragic incident has shocked the community of Ansan and the nation at large, sparking national mourning. The short and long-term psycho-social needs of the surviving families are many, and there is great risk of long-term trauma setting in.
How will this project solve this problem?
This project will provide hundreds of South Korean psychologists, social workers, school counselors, third sector workers, and teachers working in Ansan city with practical tools to aid the process of coping, and providing assistance and/or preventing Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in the affected community. The project will also help connect between the various professional elements involved, and effectively improve the diversity and quality of their care.
Potential Long Term Impact
In the long-term, the main direct impact will be felt among the surviving families of the Sewol Ferry tragedy, who will receive skilled and focused professional care. In addition, the project will also have a multiplier effect on the community as a whole, as local and national response mechanisms will gain more skills and create synergistic connections for better care, both now and in the future.
Total Funding Received to Date: $272
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $99,727
Total Funding Goal: $99,999