Thierry Gaujarengues, President of TOMATIS DEVELOPPEMENT SA
sent on this information from the Tomatis Centeer in Hermosillo,
"Unfortunately we could not attend the Dublin Convention. Instead we have been working a lot on presentations, workshops, and public relations to find new ways to let people know about the benefits of the Tomatis Method.
We are about to start a social service for the victims of a horrible tragedy that happened in Hermosillo on June 5th. You may have heard about this in the news: there was a big fire in a daycare station where more than 30 little children died immediately. Many more were brought to hospitals in Hermosillo, Guadalajara, in Mexico and cities in the USA. Of these, 18 of them did not survive. Up to the present, in all 48 babies have died, 16 children are still in hospitals. The rest are at home. These people are not wealthy, they are middle or low class workers.
The parents of the dead children are demanding an investigation to find the responsible parties. But nothing will help to bring the children back to life nor will make the parents happy.
Nevertheless there is something we can do at our Center to really help them at this point. Here is what we are going to do:
We will give a Tomatis program for free to each parent and to every child who was at the fire and survived. This means a total of 96 adults and about 60 children, all of who are suffering psychological trauma. They are still very afraid and are having bad dreams and so on.
Therefore we are recruiting volunteers to take care of the children during the listening sessions –psychologists, educators, artists, students, and others-. We have asked TDSA for the renewal of two EE’s to take care of the people in small groups. We certainly are going to do our best, try to use all our resources, and make the connections we need to reach our goal. We are working together with the Mental Health Department of the State of Sonora to reach these families and organize the groups and the sessions.
The media are broadcasting for us. They see us as representatives of the Tomatis world network, and give their recognition to this endeavor and their sympathy to us. We will make a video of this activity, send you a copy, and keep you informed of the situation and results.
Actually we had been thinking about offering a social service every year to a group of the population with special needs, but we did not have the time to do the planning nor the resources to begin with. Suddenly this tragedy gave us the opportunity to start. So we had to act immediately.
We would appreciate if you let the IARCTC know about this, and ask them to pray for a successful outcome. We know this comes to us from God, and he will provide for everything.
Thank you for any advice you can give us, as well as your moral support.
Best regards,Yolanda Carrillo
, Leticia Varela and Vanessa León"