I wanted to keep you updated on our work in Korea.
The death toll in the tragic incident with South Korean ferry Sewol, which sank off the southwestern island of Jindo on April 16, has risen.
During the past two weeks IsraAID has been conducting intensive trauma care seminars to over 230 Korean social workers, community counselors, psychologists and psychiatrists who are a part of the national and regional task force which addresses the emotional needs of the community in both the disaster area in Jindo Island and the community in Ansan city where the school is located.
IsraAID is currently developing an intervention work plan for the coming two years so to properly provide professionalized tools to our government and non government partner agencies. The trickle affect would initially focus on the families but would eventually expand to help the community surrounding the families and would reach tens of thousands of people nationwide.
Our current partners include
1. The Gwnagju Government Trauma Center which is close to Jindo Island
2. The Ministry of Education in Gyonggi province- where Ansan is located: IsraAID is training Counselors and Social workers from 31 schools in the area including Danwon high school and the schools of the siblings who lost their brothers and sisters.
3. Yonsei University
4. Sungkyunkwan University
5. Good People NGO
6. Israel’s Embassy in Korea
7. Discussions are currently taking place with additional high level government officials (health and education), national non profit agencies so to strengthen the intervention.
During the past few days IsraAID’s training was covered by over 40 national and local media outlets in Korea. The following are some links to the coverage: