Putting the Pieces Back Together
Typoon Haiyan tore the roof off this school in northern Cebu island, Philippines, but the children are back to learn and play. Community members cleaned up downed trees and debris so that World Vision could erect tents on the grounds of Somosa Elementary School, which now serve as Child-Friendly Spaces.
Some of their teachers provided a familiar face welcoming the children to the new space. At least 400 children took part in games and activities that will serve as a transition back to schooldays.
“It’s so they can go back to school and succeed,” says Arlo Ramos, a child health and nutrition specialist who helped set up the program. “We trained their own teachers in the Child-Friendly Space module and worked alongside them. These teachers will be able to carry on the work to help the children recover.”
Patrick Sooma, a World Vision child protection specialist, says, “Parents say they worry that their kids are not safe playing at home where there’s debris and construction going on. This gives them a chance to get some work done and know the children are safe.”
Photo credit: 2013 Orlando Ducay Jr./World Vision
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