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Art therapist Jess Linton needs your help to carry on with her work with earthquake victims and refugees in Nepal.

Jess whose parents Ann and John live in Brightwell was out in Nepal when the earthquakes struck, and has stayed on to help victims of the disaster. Her blog at shows children in special child-friendly spaces, set up in tents to create a sense of normality in a chaotic post-earthquake world. They draw pictures of houses, and play with wooden building blocks, knocking them down and rebuilding them in an attempt to come to terms with the loss of everything they knew as home.

She writes: 'Due to the earthquake that hit us here in Nepal on Saturday 25th April we are seeing huge devastation across Nepal and a realization that work is only just beginning to support the children and families who have been displaced. Leading aid organisations such as UNICEF and Save The Children have been calling on local organisations and individuals to support their Child Friendly Spaces, which acknowledge the importance of establishing a physical, psychological and social safe space for children to normalize after a disaster.

'Alongside ensuring that I am still able to continue my work with refugee communities in Nepal, where needed I will be supporting children and their families displaced by the earthquake within these child friendly spaces. This will also involve assessing need on a local level for Art Refuge UK's longer term work and offering training and support to local organisations and individuals working tirelessly on the ground.

'I am currently fundraising for the immediate work over the coming months. We know that in giving children a safe space to normalize, play, learn and be creative we offer a vital opportunity for them to process difficult experiences, develop resilience and rebuild their lives. Thank you in advance for any support that you can give.'

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