The children who have this rare disease and their parents will encounter various problems in life. 3 psychologists were invited from the Red Maple Women and Children's Center to come to the activity and provide counseling services. Psychological support can help to ease their psychological burden.
The children and their parents received separate counseling in different rooms. They talked actively about accepting the strengths and weakness of the children and learned how to better communicate with each other.
The children were also asked to draw pictures of their homes and explain them. This activity helped the psychological teachers talk to their parents one-on-one later.
The children prepared a surprise for their parents at the end. Their parents were deeply moved.
Later, Uncle Guan distributed stationary and jigsaw puzzles to the children. Boxes of McDonald's were served as lunch for the children, helping them to fill up with energy for the swim training in the afternoon. The afternoon session was filled with swim classes. 4 foreign coaches were invited to teach the children to swim.
Only 3 of the children had been taught to swim before. The people watching cheered at their bravery and courage.
Each child learned to hold their breath under water, to stroke, to tread water and to float. They had a lot of fun in the water. Swimming is the best sport for hemophilia. In the water, the joints are under less pressure. Their muscles and joints can be exercised by swimming, and it also enhances the immunity and capacity of the joints. In the long run, exercise like this can help them from bleeding in the future.
The activity came to an end, but most of the children were reluctant to leave the water. They hoped to stay longer with their coaches and volunteers. The children and their parents were very thankful for the Japanese coaches and volunteers.
We want to thank all of our partners who helped these children with hemophilia fulfill a dream to exercise. Special thanks to the One Foundation, who provided economic support and social media integration. Such social integration is very important for the families of those with hemophilia. Children belong to society as well as their families, we need to care for them and help them develop.
Original article written by Teng Xue, translated by Maggie Li, edited by Vanne He
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