Emergency Disaster and Recovery Fund for Children

Emergency Fund for Children

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.

Outline of support provided to date

  • Sulawesi Earthquake in Indonesia (September 2018)
    A donation of 3 million yen was made from the Fund which was used to deliver relief goods such as shelter and hygiene kits and opening “Child Friendly Spaces” where children can safely and securely spend their time and also cover parts of the cost for training “Psychological First Aid (PFA) for children” in affected areas.
  • Kerala Floods in India (August 2018)
    A donation of 2 million yen was made from the Fund which was used to deliver relief goods such as hygiene kits and opening “Child Friendly Spaces” where children can safely and securely spend their time and also cover parts of the cost for training “Psychological First Aid (PFA) for children” in affected areas.
  • Lombok Island Earthquake in Indonesia (July 2018)
    A donation of 3 million yen was made from the Fund which was used to deliver relief goods such as hygiene kits and opening “Child Friendly Spaces” where children can safely and securely spend their time and also cover parts of the cost for training “Psychological First Aid (PFA) for children” in affected areas.
  • Heavy Rains in Western Japan (July 2018)
    A donation of 5 million yen was made from the Fund which was used to operate Child Friendly Spaces and delivering PFA at Kurashiki in Okayama prefecture.
  • Mexico Earthquake (September 2017)
    A donation of 5million yen was made from the Fund and additional 1.5million Mexican pesos (about 9million yen) were collected from Sony Group companies in Mexico. The donations were used for establishing of Child Friendly Spaces (CFSs) at shelters, where children could have a sense of normalcy in a safe and secured environment, supporting for rebuilding homes, and delivering "psychosocial care for children" by volunteers trained by Save the Children.
  • Torrential Rains in Northern Kyushu (July 2017)
    rrential rains that struck mainly the prefectures of Fukuoka and Oita July 2017, caused serious damages to preschools and after-school programs (Gakudo) centers in the affected area.
    Through the ground work carried out by save the Children, a donation of 2million yen from the Fund was mainly used for replacement of air conditioners that had been damaged as well as provision of mats and other supplies in these facilities.
  • Kumamoto Earthquake (April 2016)
    Striking in April 2016, the Kumamoto Earthquake caused serious damages mainly in the prefectures of Kumamoto and Oita.
    Sony donated 25million yen to the Fund utilized for Save the Children’s emergency response in Kumamoto Prefecture. By the end of 2016, Save the Children delivered its program to more than 18,100 people, under the framework of the Kumamoto Earthquake emergency recovery and support program.
Kumamoto Earthquake

About Psychological First Aid for Children (PFA for Children)

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.

Rules in PFA "Look, listen, and link."

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.

  • *1Save the Children. (2013). Psychological First Aid for Child Practitioners. Denmark: Save the Children on behalf of the Child Protection initiative.
  • *2World Health Organization; War Trauma Foundation; World Vision International. (2011). Psychological first aid: Guide for field workers. Geneva: WHO: Geneva.
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