Art Therapy Helps Nepal Children Cope After Earthquake
It is unbearable to think about what the people in Nepal are going through. After their world was rocked by a massive earthquake, they are left vulnerable and emotionally devastated.
People were left without homes and children without schools. Children are especially helpless during emergencies. One source of support is expressing themselves through art. Traumatized children can put their emotions, fear and thoughts on paper.
Along with dozens of organizations sending humanitarian supplies to offer support, UNICEF is offering their services too. Nepal's first Children's Art Museum and UNICEF are providing art therapy to children in Nepal. They are setting up outdoor spaces where children are giving a safe place to run, interest and play together.
“The spaces we have set up in informal camps offer children a chance to have fun and continue learning when going to school is no longer an option – while providing them with psychosocial support,” Rupha Joshi, an emergencies communication officer for UNICEF, said.
According to the International Child Art Foundation research shows that earthquakes increase the rates of mental health problems in the communities they strike. Art therapy services were found to be instrumental in accessing young victims’ internal processes and helping children be children again.