Japan Kyushu earthquake response

by IsraAID
Japan Kyushu earthquake response
Japan Kyushu earthquake response
Japan Kyushu earthquake response
Japan Kyushu earthquake response
Japan Kyushu earthquake response
Japan Kyushu earthquake response
Japan Kyushu earthquake response
Japan Kyushu earthquake response
The activity in one of the elementary schools
The activity in one of the elementary schools

Japan IsraAID Support Program (JISP) launched relief activities in Kumamoto, Japan in April 2016.

After distributing food, water and other essential items to over 2,000 people, the organization launched mental health support activities for some of the most vulnerable groups in the Kumamoto region, including children, young mothers and foreign residents.

On the 14th May, 2018, JISP's team visited two elementary schools in Kumamoto and provided psychosocial activities to 37 children with special needs. Our expert, Taiyo, a School Counselor and Clinical Psychologist, facilitated the workshops. They were joined by Shreya, GlobalGiving’s Field Traveller, who was visiting Japan to monitor projects supported by Global Giving!

The children actively engaged in creative drawing activities using the coaching card system "Points of You". Taiyo also provided "Brain Gym" exercises, a system that uses simple movements to stimulate brain function. It uses quick, easy-to-do developmental movements to wake up the brain without stress or injury, and it helps to release stress, expend excess energy and enhance the children’s learning. There has been high demand from the teachers for these exercises because they are eager to learn the skills themselves so that they can apply the exercises in the class! 

After the activities, we watched wonderful short movie which was prepared by one of the teachers, summarizing JISP's past activities at their school!

Thank you for your support! More updates to follow …

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Yoga relaxation
Yoga relaxation

Japan IsraAID Support Program (JISP) launched relief activities in Kumamoto, Japan on April 15th, 2016.

After distributing food, water and other essential items to over 2,000 people, the organization began to run mental health psycho-social support (MHPSS) activities for some of the most vulnerable groups in the Kumamoto region, including children, young mothers and foreign residents.

Since 2016, we have directly reached over 1,550 beneficiaries.

Since the last report in January, our team has run activities for approximately 62 beneficiaries in Kumamoto. 

In February, Ryoko, a psychological expert and yoga instructor, provided four yoga relaxation sessions for elementary school & kindergarten children and their teachers.

Following the sessions, both the children and adults shared their positive feedback. According to one of the teachers, our workshop is helping the children with special needs to participate in group activities and express their feelings, whilst enjoying physical exercise and communication with the teachers through yoga.

The teachers are surprised to see how their students - especially those with Autism Spectrum Disorder - are able to focus and join in with group activity, which is often a challenge. They have even started to notice the chants that we practice in the yoga sessions being sung during daily life at school, bringing a sense of unity and joy to the class!

JISP plans to continue offering additional workshops and trainings in Kumamoto in 2018.

If you would like to support these activities and help us reach more people in Kumamoto, please make a donation and/or share this report on social media! We appreciate your support.

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Children's yoga sessions!
Children's yoga sessions!

Japan IsraAID Support Program (JISP) launched relief activities in Kumamoto, Japan on April 15th, 2016.

After distributing food, water and other essential items to over 2,000 people, the organization began to run mental health psycho-social support (MHPSS) activities for some of the most vulnerable groups in the Kumamoto region, including children, young mothers and foreign residents.

Since 2016, we have directly reached over 1,500 beneficiaries.

Since the last report (October 2017), our team has run activities for approximately 200 beneficiaries in four elementary schools and one kindergarten. 

In late October and early November, Mr. Taiyo Okada conducted nine self-care, stress-relief activities for students and their teachers from elementary schools in Kumamoto.

The activities included Brain Gym® and Dance Movement Therapy for kids with special needs and their teachers, from the Kawajiri school and Rikigo Nishi schools. The participants moved their body with music, stretched, jumped and played with balloons.

The kids surrounded Okada after the sessions, saying: “It was fun!” “Please come again!”

Later, one of the school’s headmasters told our team that a few of the mothers had approached him and said they had been surprised because on the days of our activities, unlike other days, their kids fell asleep easily.

In December, Ms. Ryoko Ohtaki provided four yoga relaxation sessions in Higashimachi elementary school, Kawajiri elementary school and Kawajiri kindergarten.

Following the sessions, both the children and adults shared their positive feedback: Some of the children said:

  • "It felt good."
  • "I feel like my fatigue is gone."
  • "I found it easy to relax."
  • "I had fun doing yoga with everyone."
  • "I want to do it again!" 

While, a couple of the teachers said that:
"During the workshop I could feel that my breathing becomes deeper and my awareness of my own body stronger. I hope we can have this activity on a constant basis!"

"I was so happy to hear you are providing activities to support the supporters. It really makes a difference to us. Thank you for including us."

JISP will continue to offer additional workshops and trainings in Kumamoto in 2018.

If you would like to support these activities and help us reach more people in Kumamoto, please make a donation and/or share this report on social media! We appreciate your support. JISP Team Members

Teachers' yoga sessions!
Teachers' yoga sessions!
Children's dance movement therapy!
Children's dance movement therapy!
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Stress-relief activities in schools
Stress-relief activities in schools

Japan IsraAID Support Program (JISP) began their relief activities in Kumamoto, Japan on April 15th, 2016. After distributing food, water and other essential items to over 2,000 people, the organization launched psycho-social, mental health support (PSS) activities targeting some of the most vulnerable groups in the Kumamoto region: children, young mothers and foreign residents. Since 2016, the PSS activities have reached to 1,268 people.

Children:

JISP now offers 'stress-relief workshops' at two elementary schools in Kumamoto: at the Kawashiri and Higashi-Machi elementary schools. By using simple tools such as hand-ball coordination activities, music, movements of the body and imagination, the children deepen their communication with each other and enhance their ability for self-expression. One teacher commented: "we are so excited to discover the real potential of children, we had not known about.The activities open a whole new side to the group.” 

Young Mothers:

JISP’s affiliated psychotherapist and yoga instructor, Ryoko Ohtaki, continues to provide self-care Yoga workshops to groups of young mothers from the home-education class. Kept even busier after the disaster, the mothers have little time to relax in their daily lives. Yoga is a great tool to provide essential relief in such an environment.

By primarily targeting the children, parents and teachers, JISP aims to reduce stress-levels, and support and enhance the resilience of the wider school community.

International Community:

In addition, JISP now offers a training program tailored for foreign residents in Kumamoto (the "Community Disaster Leadership Training”). Our Regional Disaster Preparedness Expert, Dr. Tsuguyuki Ichii, provides training on how to plan an evacuation facility when a natural disaster occurs, and our Clinical Psychologist, Dr. Bijay Gyawli provides training on psychological issues relating to disasters. The courses include international participants from countries such as Myanmar, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines.

JISP will continue to offer additional workshops and trainings in Kumamoto! 

Yoga-therapy sessions for mothers
Yoga-therapy sessions for mothers
Community Disaster Leadership Training
Community Disaster Leadership Training
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Japan IsraAID Support Program (JISP) initiated relief-activities in Kumamoto, Japan on April 15, 2016. After distributing food and water to over 2,000 people, the organization launched psycho-social relief activities targeting some of the most vulnerable groups in the Kumamoto region: children, young parents, school-teachers, and foreign residents. 

In April, JISP met with teachers in the Kawashiri elementary school in Minami Ku. The team discussed with the teachers ways to alleviate the stress of kids with special needs. 

JISP will implement mental-care workshops at two elementary schools in Kumamoto: Kawashiri and Higashi-Machi schools. In mid- June, JISP implemented stress-relief activities for the children and their parents and teachers in both schools.

Mikasa San, who had experienced the Great East Japan earthquake and tsunami herself, provides stress-relief activities to children affected by the Kumamoto earthquake. 

One teacher commented, "today I could see a whole new side to the kids. That surprised me."

Dr. Ryoko Ohtaki provided self-care Yoga workshops to a group of lovely mothers from the home-education class. "I was able to distance myself from everyday worries", said one of the participants. "This workshop gave me chance to focus on myself", said another.

In the past three months - with your kind support - JISP was able to reach 122 children, young parents, teachers, and foreign residents in the Kumamoto area. 

 

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