Every large-scale disaster is a massive tragedy but also an opportunity for those who are trying to help to learn how to improve. Each time, many of the same complaints are heard – that relief is slow, confusion is rampant and much time and money is wasted while people struggle to get what they need to recover. ALNAP – an… Read more →
Local churches and volunteers implement OperationSAFE camps in their areas and come up with unique solutions on their own. One of the best of these was a fun way to move hundreds of children around to different stations without chaos. After I saw them chanting, “Train, Train OpSAFE” I added it to our seminars in other cities!
Train Train well, maybe a little chaos!
OpSAFE Philippines Coordinator Vhie Awa-ao Simultaneous conduct of OperationSafe Camp is ongoing thru Philippine Children’s Ministries Network partners: “Cebu City Alliance Church & Eastern Samar Children Advocacy Network” in Damolog, Sogod Cebu & Brgy. Bato, Borongan, Eastern Samar the whole month of May. Around 450 children are being trained towards Building Resiliency among children in most disaster prone area. We are… Read more →
OPSAFE ALUGAN San Policarpo Eastern Samar was held from May 5-7, 2015 through a collaboration between the Philippine Children’s Ministry Network, Viva and OpSAFE International.
Camp Director Emmanuel Jasojaso writes, “Its almost 5 months since Super typhoon Ruby hit Eastern Samar specifically Alugan, San Policarpo, yet the residents specially the children were still in trauma. One of the children said that OPSAFE really uplift their morale through various activities specially PETE’S Adventure. Even the parents were testifying that they were so thankful to God that OPSAFE was held in their community.
Viva is an organization that is making a difference! According to their website, We are inspiring lasting change in children’s lives through the power of collective action because we have a vision to see children safe, well and fulfilling their God-given potential. Recently they posted an article about OperationSAFE camps being run through their partner network PCMN. Let me share a bit of it and… Read more →
CRASH Japan Director Jonathan Wilson traveled in November to three islands in the Philippines to conduct OperationSAFE child trauma trainings for local churches and organizations. The trip expanded the successful work of the first year after Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan internationally) further on the island of Samar and to new areas in Leyte and Cebu.
OperationSAFE trains people from the local community in emotional first-aid for children. The intervention builds up the entire community by not only instilling trauma resiliency principles in children but also in youth, teachers and caregivers who will continue to be there for the children long after outside help has left.
During the months of April and May 2014, nine OperationSAFE camps were held in Eastern Samar, Philippines providing psychosocial support for 895 children. Together with the first camp held earlier in Quinapondan the total number of children attending has been 1,077. Five camps were held in April and another four camps were conducted in May in six municipalities; Balangkayan, Quinapondan, Hernani,… Read more →