Rainbow Village Help Center is a TFish Strategics Member. It was established in Chengdu of Sichuan, China and for the purpose of giving glasses to impoverished children.
One month after the 4.2 magnitude earthquake in Lushan, the first phase of relief was completed and the second phase of reconstruction was started. Rainbow Village launched our projects in Taiping Town, Lushan County in early June. There are 4 primary schools with 876 students and most of them are left-behind children. Taiping is 15 kilometers away from the epicenter and 90% of the houses were damaged to varying degrees and 60% of them were collapsed or dilapidated. According to our survey, Rainbow Village can provide services on following aspects.
1) Psychological services for the children. A) There is a phenomenon of anaplasia among the children after the quake. B) The temp shelter is crowded and in poor condition, so the children tend to be irritable. C) Some of the children blame themselves after the earthquake because their parents do not have time to communicate with them.
2) Food related problems. A) Their diet is monotonous and most of the children have eaten instant noodles and sausages for over a month. B) Inconvenient transportation has increased the price of fruits and vegetables, which is causing a nutrition problem among the children. C) The children do not care about their own dietetic hygiene.
3) Social relationships. A) The original communication system has been damaged and the ways of communication between neighbors and family members has changed. B) Many parents have not been able to understand their children’s reactions after the quake, which has created isolation.
As for the 3 problems mentioned above, Rainbow Village designed an interactive activity, aiming at creating a fun environment for children and their parents. We wanted them to be able to communicate with each other in relaxed surroundings. This is the first stage of our work: to enhance understanding.
It is the largest parent-child activity we have ever carried out. We invited 12 families to participate. We worked hard to prepare and see it through, because we want the children to benefit from the activity. Our goal for the activity is to let the children interact, cooperate and share happiness with their parents.
Original article written by Quandi Cheng, translated by Maggie Li and edited by Yanyan Zhang
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