Help and Healing


World Vision opened at least 12 Child-Friendly Spaces for children affected by earthquakes in Nepal during April and May. In a safe place, children sing, play and make art. In areas where schools were damaged, school work will be included in the activities.

One young boy carefully matches puzzle pieces shaped like letters of Nepali script with their correct places on a brightly colored board, his face intent with concentration. Other boys and girls sprawl nearby on the tarp-covered ground drawing and coloring, writing on worksheets, reading.

By the end of a two-hour session, 50 children are singing at the top of their lungs -- in Nepali — “If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands....”

Parents who arrive to collect them, exchange smiles.  Seeing their children enjoy themselves seems to have made their burdens a bit lighter, too.

“These activities are not just child’s play, they are a way for the children to experience again a sense of normal life,” says Arpanah Rongong, World Vision child protection specialist.

Video ©2015 Ben Chandler/World Vision

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