PROJECT PROGRESS REPORT FOR „WE EMPOWER CROATIAN CHILDREN TO OVERCOME FEARS“
This was supposed to be a Report, as another in a series, however, the challenge posed to us by the Covid 19 virus stunned us all.
The inability to maintain physical contact, fewer events and meetings has put us in a situation where everything takes place via the internet. As the focus of the project was to socialize as much as possible with the children, exchange of information and workshops about children's fears, we felt a great constraint in carrying out everything given. Such circumstances introduced a new challenge for us.
Unfortunately, during this challenging Covid 19 period, fears increased in both adults and children. The attitude of children towards the fear of the virus largely depended on the opinion of the parents and their overcoming of such an unforeseen situation. The children were able to take their views, even though they sometimes went to their detriment.This was evident from the children’s drawings and completed questionnaires.
So, we could hardly wait for the first nice, warm days and visited a new group of children who attended the initial riding course. And to alleviate their fears caused by the virus, we made a photo session and brought them small gifts.
The most important thing for us was the smile on their faces because they could finally be in the Equestrian Club without fear of the virus and strengthen their self-confidence and self-esteem through caring for horses.
Thanks to you dear donors and supporters of the project, we are boldly moving forward despite various unforeseen circumstances such as Covid 19, which has turned all our usual ways of functioning upside down.
During this challenging period, we decided to leave all the difficult topics such as lack of self-confidence, lack of self-esteem and fear of viral diseases to parents. Parents also agreed with this, because they also believe that the most important thing for children is to play and socialize with animals, and all for the purpose of easily overcoming unexpected stressful situations in this case, with the special emphasis on the fear of Covid 19.
The realization of project activities in the previous period is in accordance with the set goals of the project, related to the following:
- socializing and talking with a new group of children involved in project activities and with their parents as well,
- children's photo session to remember the wonderful socializing with friends and activities with animals and
- handing out gifts that included, among other things, T-shirts, chocolates, notebooks and pens.
We are paying special attention to the fact that children are traumatized by daily announcements about the number of infected and the number of deaths in Zagreb and beyond Croatia and that they are extremely sensitive to that fact during this corona crisis.
That is why we will do everything with our work and with your support to make the children happy. We will try to make children forget their current fears, to play freely and to look forward to spending time with friends and animals and in order to strengthen their well-being and their mental health.
We also believe that the pictures in the attachment will cheer you up and that you will see that your donated funds are in the right hands, because we have the same goal and that is happy and healthy children.
Thank you from all project participants!!!
As we told on our website.
Every fear is easy to overcome with a good friend