There are approximately 100 children and 500 evacuees as a result of the devastating earthquake in Kumamoto. Although there are relief organizations in the Kumamoto region currently providing food, shelter and crisis counseling support, many orphans will need longer-term support to help restore their lives and renew their spirit. Many orphanages (in and around) southern Japan will now have new orphans under their care.
Kumamoto children project will directly address two-tiers of support at those affected orphanages. By working closely with orphanage staff, local prefecture wards, and children's homes associations, we will address the specific needs at each orphanage. Tier one support will replace those personal items that were lost in the disaster such as clothing, footwear, school supplies, books, toys, phones,bikes, etc. Tier two support will address child counseling needs and therapeutic activities.
With many children in the orphanages it will be incredibly important to create peaceful, stable and caring environments for all of these children. The road towards renewal and stability for these kids will be an arduous one. By restoring children's personal items, they will begin to feel some sense of normalcy. By offering access to counseling, they can begin the process of grieving. By providing therapeutic activities and field trips, they can start to feel like kids again.