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!
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