It should be acknowledged that the support provided for OSCY has not been limited to psychological help.
Actually, livelihood support for tsunami survivors and their communities in general and the OSCY and their caregivers in particular have been the next focus of attention by helping organizations.
In most cases it is not possible to single out families with OSCY only in obtaining cash-for-work assistance because every able bodied person who has been made jobless by the tsunami would need money to support their livelihood including their families.
Special cash assistance was provided for families with OSCY by UNICEF for three consecutive months (February to March 2006).
Despite the fact that helping organizations have conducted an all-out effort in providing their services there are still tens of thousands of OSCY and their caregivers who have not been reached.
The strong sources of funding have enabled them to act immediately following the tsunami and have done a lot of work in almost all areas to save and protect the OSCY from further ordeals by providing many kinds of activities in child centers to keep them from going astray and becoming easy targets of abduction and trafficking.
In accordance, despite their good intentions in helping bring the tsunami survivors back into normal life, it should be realized that in the end the responsibility to nurture and raise the OSCY should lie mainly in the hands of their families, relatives, and communities.
Because the central issue has shifted from providing psychosocial support for the OSCY that was deemed critically important during the emergency and rehabilitation periods, it is high time now to gradually reduce the direct involvement of the international agencies and NGOs and their personnel in the implementation of such programs as child protection and psychological support and allow local government, local NGOs, foster families, and communities in general to take more significant roles in the period of social reconstruction.
Many future life-preparing programs for OSCY can be implemented in the centers, such as to provide knowledge on life transition from play to work, to instill religious and social norms as important sources of social capital, and to boost their spirit of life- and self-confidence.
Many future life preparing programs for OSCY can be implemented in the centers, such as those to provide knowledge on life transition from play to work, to instill religious and social norms as important sources of social capital, and to boost their spirit of life and self-confidence.
The leader of this center has planned to shift the focus of their activity from psychological support to youth related programs when the OSCY who are now concentrated to live in temporary living centers or barracks moved to permanent houses in the years to come.
Psychosocial and livelihood supports for OSCY and families with OSCY had become an important preoccupation and undertaking by a large number of helping organizations immediately after the tsunami and during last year.