In October 2016, Save the Children and Sony Corporation instituted the Emergency Disaster and Recovery Fund for Children (hereinafter referred to as "the Fund"). The Fund provides support for children, who are the steward of the next generation, when emergencies including both natural disasters and humanitarian crisis.
So far, Save the Children and Sony have assisted children in areas affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake through the RESTART JAPAN Fund, which was established in June 2011 to support recovery from the disaster. A variety of programs were implemented providing assistance to more than 21,000 children as of December 2017, including the Achieve Your Dream Project a project designed to support school and community activities that had been suspended due to the disaster.
Fully applying the experience gained through the RESTART JAPAN Fund, the newly established Fund will support Save the Children's world-wide activities in disaster-affected areas. During the non-emergency period, the Fund supports the dissemination of Psychological First Aid (PFA) for Children currently undertaken by Save the Children. As this exemplifies, through activities based on the features of both Save the Children and Sony, the Fund aims at providing assistance for children's return to normalcy at the earliest stage possible, as children are most vulnerable to disasters.
The Psychological First Aid Training Manual for Child Practitioners*1 (PFA for Children) was developed by Save the Children to facilitate training in psychological first aid with a focus on children. It was adapted PFA principles detailed in the previously published WHO manual, Psychological First Aid: A Guide for Field Workers.*2
What is PFA for Children?
PFA for Children is a set of skills and competencies that help the staff in their work to reduce the initial distress of children caused by accidents, natural disasters, conflicts or other critical incidents.
Sony is supporting for SCJ to disseminate PFA for Children in Japan since 2014. PFA for Children has been successfully disseminated to frontline people such as disaster medical and mental health responders, firefighters, teachers, local officials, NGOs and non-profit organizations (NPOs). Currently, there are more than 4,300 people trained in PFA for Children in Japan. Moreover, PFA for Children training is also incorporated into an official training for teachers by Miyagi Prefecture, the Prefecture is one of the affected area by Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami in 2011.