During our interaction with the Tsunami victims, mental health and emotional assistance was observed to be the top priority need for them. Counseling was thus felt important and we deputed two counselors from ICWO aimed at relieving the emotional distress of the people and motivate them to restructure their lives after the tragic event.
Counseling was provided to the members of the fishermen community. Fully trained counseling professionals, continued to render counseling. The basic issues that were addressed during counseling were-self employment, fear, anxiety, childcare, health and hygiene of the family and coping mechanism.
Play and entertainment for children
An attractive shelter was put up within the operational area for the children to entertain them, sweets and balloons were distributed to children below the age of ten years. Toys, balloons, balls were kept for them to play with.
While registering, keeping the children in play area helped the mothers to register without any distractions and to provide appropriate information to the registering officers.
Drawing sheets, crayons, sketch pens and other stationary items were distributed to the children who accompanied their mothers. This aimed to expand their creativity and have fun with colors. The mothers were thrilled seeing their children draw and color. Sweets, balloons, balls, dolls, teddy bears, carom board and other play items were made available for the entertainment of the children. The drawings of the children were displayed at the camp site.