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Pakistan Earthquake relief work in tent cities

As many as 5 million people have been left homeless, living in tent cities amidst freezing winter temperatures.

As many as 5 million people have been left homeless, living in tent cities amidst freezing winter temperatures.

 Participants in FESF sponsored teacher training seminar conducted in one of the largest of the tent cities near Islamabad.  Participants in FESF sponsored teacher training seminar conducted in one of the largest of the tent cities near Islamabad.

 Quality time with the children in the camps like this little boy doing arts and crafts. Quality time with the children in the camps like this little boy doing arts and crafts.

 

Family Educational Services Foundation, Karachi, Pakistan

Imagine a small city made up of tents with thousands of families living together. Lives have been shattered and the struggle of recent months is written on people’s faces, as all of them have lost family and loved ones. Most of the families originate from some of the worst hit areas in Kashmir. They have come down from the mountains to stay in the tent cities in order to survive the harsh winter.

This is the situation that exists in one the largest of the many tent camps in the north of Pakistan. The immediate requirements of food and shelter have been provided, yet there is much more that needs to be done.

The earthquake struck at a time when most children were attending school, and thus resulted in a great loss of young lives when school buildings collapsed.

Educational needs are of utmost importance to those that survived the quake. There is no formal education system in these tent cities; nevertheless on a daily basis teachers are trying their best to educate the hundreds of children of all ages who are in their care. Yet the teachers themselves are handicapped by lack of training and materials.

Project Manager Richard Geary of Family Educational Services Foundation (FESF) explains, "We were invited to conduct a Teacher Training Course for these teachers, as well as to provide trauma counseling and organize activities for the children."

FESF conducted a teacher training course for selected participants. The interactive course focused on the following topics: Motivational Skills, Early Reading Skills and Literacy Development, Methodology, and Behavior Development. Course books for each topic in both English and Urdu were presented to all the attendees, as well as other supplemental training materials. Due to the success of this pilot project, FESF was invited to return in mid February to conduct another series of workshops.

Richard continues, "We also had the opportunity to spend quality time with the children in the camps, daily organizing activities, games, and arts and crafts, while at the same time involving and training some of the older youth as team leaders thus imparting valuable leadership skills."

Immediate needs were also identified for several families in a poorer section of the camp, and arrangements were made to supply them with mattresses, warm clothing and children’s items.

For more information please click the following link: Pakistan Earthquake Response