World Vision promotes fun and play

Posted: 10/31/2013 in Advocacy, World Vision
  • Relief teams will hold CFS in Sagbayan, Bohol, tomorrow,October 31, 2013 in Ubojan Elementary School (AM) and in Dagnawan Elementary School (PM). For on-site interviews, you may contact: Maryann Zamora +639478916511Field Communications Specialist in Visayas

World Vision promotes fun and play for child survivors
(MANILA, 30 October 2013) — Two weeks after the massive 7.2 quake, World Vision launches its Child-Friendly Space (CFS) to help about 400 children cope from the recent earthquake and succeeding aftershocks in Sagbayan, the hardest hit town in Bohol.

“Children are the most vulnerable when disasters strike. There is a need to address children’s needs especially during emergencies to bring back normalcy in their lives.” says World Vision national director Josaias dela Cruz.

CFS tents were set up in the evacuation camp to provide children a safe environment to play and have fun. The three-day psychosocial activity helps children recover from the devastating effects of the disaster, with the help of games, music, arts and values-based lessons. During CFS sessions, children are able to eat snacks, draw using crayons, pencils, a coloring book and art papers to encourage them to express themselves creatively.

World Vision child protection specialist Sheryll Llagas said, “Around 80 percent of the Bohol’s schools are reportedly damaged. In the inter-agency cluster meetings it was discussed that school children need temporary learning areas in order to resume classes. Children are still afraid of aftershocks and they are still in grief over the loss of their families and loved ones. They lost their homes and schools so we need to give them space to be children as they cope from this difficult experience.”

Thousands of school children remain out of school. Reports show about 4000 Bohol and Cebu schools were initially affected, and around 1,228 schools have been damaged.

CFS provide learning opportunities for children while their schooling is disrupted. For parents, the CFS are safe places to leave their children while they work on restoring their households and communities. World Vision makes sure the community can participate in the CFS by training local youth volunteers as facilitators during CFS activities. In case there are child protection concerns, these are addressed by setting up referral consultations with social welfare and police authorities.

“We are deeply concerned on the rising number of children who are begging in the streets. We are working with local authorities to ensure that protection of children from abuse and exploitation is given due diligence.” dela Cruz added.

There are also growing concerns to ensure that child protection measures are enforced to avoid any form of abuse and exploitation in the evacuation centers and shelter camps. There have been reported cases of children begging for food along roads.

World Vision targets to serve around 2000 children through its Child-friendly spaces (CFS) to help prepare children to return to schools and lead normal lives again.

“Child-friendly spaces serve as mechanism to promote children’s rights and welfare. We inform parents and children on how to stay safe in shelter camps, we also promote hand washing through awareness campaigns and we link them to authorities to curb cases of abuse and exploitation in quake-hit areas,” added Llagas.

More emergency aid distributions are scheduled this week, including food and hygiene kits. Shelter programs and livelihood assistance will be introduced in Bohol as a means of providing assistance to families who lost their homes and had their income earning capacity destroyed.

Death toll continues to climb over 222 (as per NDRRMC) as the grieving community begins the long rebuilding process, as the government and humanitarian groups work together to address the thousands of survivors’ needs.

 

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