Children in the military are often faced with more emotional challenges than children in the general population. In numerous studies, results show that approximately 33% of the military children surveyed reported symptoms of anxiety, higher than the percentage reported in other studies of children.
The Manadoob Program for Self- Esteem can meet the special needs of military children by promoting coping skills and well being. Over the past year, Manadoob has been working with several military bases providing children the life skills they need to deal with the stress, isolation and fears they face while engaging them with a feeling of community and just plain fun. Issues of deployment stress, parental separation, family reunification, frequent moves, new schools, disrupted experiences with friends and facing death in the family were all openly discussed through the interactive and tactile experiences implemented throughout the Program. Fort Hood and Fort Riley two of the chosen bases, offered the program to 75 children (Fort Hood) and 150 children (Fort Riley.) The attached PowerPoint presentations, through photos and commentary, confirms the belief that the Manadoob Program for Self-Esteem provides children the skills they need to face these very special challenges! Due to our success at the military bases, we will be providing Manadoob to several more bases in an effort to reach children in high deployment garrisons and to reach children in underserved bases located in remote areas.
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