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Czech help to the victims of the earthquake in Sarpol-e Zahab

On 12 November  2017 the west of Iran was hit by the strong earthquake by a 7.3 magnitude. Hundreds of people have lost their lives in the ruins of their houses and tens thousands lost their homes. Town Sarpol-e Zahab, where the damage was the most serious slowly recovers from this natural disaster.

Lots of people live in improvised tents or modular container shelters. The town is supported by material humanitarian help every day. Iranian volunteers from the Association of the graphics and designers of Kermanshah decided to help in the field of psychological assistance to the children with post-trauma syndrome and commenced to establish the “Houses of Culture and Art”, for the post-earthquake relief of the children of the region.  Children may visit these centers every day and they can spend their free time drawing,  reading or playing theater with assistance of trained lecturers and through this activities they can learn new skills, gain knowledge and in particular relief from negative thoughts and  traumas caused by the earthquake. These centers will serve for the long-term cultural development in the region.

Mr. Silvestr Tkáč, the Czech national, spent two years in Iran studying and now he works as an interpreter, tour guide and humanitarian aid worker, visited these centers three months after earthquake after coordination with the Embassy of the Czech Republic in Tehran to help “Houses of Culture and Art” to develop its activities and link them with potential donors in the Czech Republic.  They realized series of art workshops, whose result is 20 meters long roll of paper full of children drawings. This handicraft will be presented in several places in the Czech Republic to fundraise and develop the relief activities in Sarpol-e Zahab.


Czech help to the victims of the earthquake in Sarpol-e Zahab