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Training in Dance therapy for St Jude Childcare centres’ staff members

To train St Jude Childcare Centres staff in dance therapy so that they can use it to help their beneficiaries overcome the stress of their life situation. St Jude Childcare Centres beneficiaries are going through difficult and stressful times. The sick children as well as their parents need to overcome depressing situations. To support them in overcoming these stressful times, St Jude Childcare centres puts into place different recreational and cultural activities (games, painting, sport, outings…) and they have access to therapy sessions. Having seen the benefits of art therapy through dance and music in partner organization they would like their staff to be trained in art therapy to complement the services they already offer to their beneficiaries. Putting into place dance therapy sessions for their beneficiaries will increase the level of interpersonal relations between the staff and the beneficiaries and hopefully increase their positive attitude towards the illness. In the future, they would like their staff to be able to work with dance therapy on an ongoing basis with their beneficiaries. Dance is a very popular art form in India but dance therapy is not yet readily available.
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The volunteer will have to start with a general presentation of dance therapy, concepts of dance therapy, artistic approaches in therapy to develop creative potential, methodology to manage activities, interpretation. During the volunteer’s intervention, sessions with the children and adult beneficiaries of St Jude Childcare centres will be put into place in order for the participants to witness and participate in practical implantations. The beneficiaries for whom the dance therapy sessions are aimed are 5 to 14 years old sick children and their parents aged 20 to 35 years old. The volunteer will have to offer culturally appropriate dance therapy training.
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Congé solidaire
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The participants will be Mumbai Centre Staff who deal with the beneficiary families every day.
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The participants will all be women. They are between 25 to 40 years old. They speak English.The participants will have at least a high school certificate. They have never received training in this field.Learning something new brings in a fresh energy. Something which is a form of therapy can serve to release stress.
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St. Jude India Childcare Centres was founded in 2006 by Mr and Mrs N. Kaviratne, an Indian couple from the corporate world who had spent a large part of their lives working in different countries for multinational companies. St Jude India Childcare Centres focuses on providing accommodation to children suffering of cancer and their families. Families living in small villages and towns in different parts of India bring their children diagnosed with cancer to large hospitals in cities for treatment. The hospital treats them at low cost but they often do not have a place to stay. These children do not have a safe hygienic place to stay or nutritious food to eat to help them recoup from the rigours of cancer treatment. Parents often abandoned treatment because of these issues. St .Jude India Childcare centres aim to fill the gap between what the hospitals do to treat children with cancer and the holistic care they need to heal. It provides hygienic surroundings, nutrition, transportation to the hospital, educational, recreational activities as well as counselling and therapy to these families. The first centre was created in Mumbai out of the founders’ personal funds and started by looking after 8 children under treatment for cancer and their families. In 2014, St Jude runs 11 centres all over India (7 in Mumbai, 2 in Kolkata and 2 in Delhi). They are currently looking after 130 children and their families and are expecting to have 200 families in their care by the end of 2014. Overall since their creation, they have cared for over 800 children diagnosed with cancer and none have abandoned treatment after coming to them. All the services are free of cost to the patient and the family. All the centres are located in close proximity of the treating hospitals. St Jude India Childcare centres are funded by individuals, corporations and trusts such as for example the R. Jhunjhunwala Foundation, the McKinsey Kinderhilfe, the Tata Memorial Centre, Unilever, Sodexo, Nestle, the Janish and Shirin Grizder Trust, the Jacobs Charitable Trust and many others. They are funded by more than 130 different entities. In 2014, St Jude Childcare employs 110 people: 50 paid employees and 60 volunteers. Their team members are mostly professional experts in their field which provide their services free of cost. The organization has received multiple awards from different institutions: Rotary Club, AmeriCares India, QIMPRO… For more information: http://www.stjudechild.org/
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A taxi driver known to the organization will pick up the volunteer from the airport. It is a 45 minute drive to the airport. Travels from the accommodation to the mission site will take around 20 minutes by taxi.
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Bombay [Sahar (Santa Cruz) International Airport]
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The volunteer will stay in a hotel in Mumbai. They will have an individual room with an attached bathroom and electricity. There will be no internet access but there are internet cafes next to the hotel. A Mosquito repellant machine can be provided. Breakfast and dinner can be taken at a restaurant near the accommodation and lunch at a restaurant near the mission site.
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Whiteboard, paperboard, computers with Windows 8, video-projector and Internet connection will be available for the volunteer to use.
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