Help and Healing
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