Bassima, supervisor of a Child-Friendly Space for Syrian refugee children (in head scarf), listens to Shiraz, 10, (in pink) explain a drawing she has made.

Sometimes a quiet, withdrawn child blossoms in the nurturing environment of a Child-Friendly Space. Shiraz is one of those children, says Bassima.

“At first she didn’t talk, she sat by herself,” Bassima says. “Now she participates.”

“She has two good friends and they help to give her confidence.”

Activities at the Child-Friendly Space support and encourage children to play, learn, and overcome the stress of their lives and past.

“We provide a peaceful place for them [the children] to feel their freedom,” says Huda, another teacher in the center. “It’s a safe place for them to experience feelings and memories.”

 “The future is very important to us, the future for these children. If we create this peaceful place for  children, we’ve done what we can do. Sometimes they tell us on Friday ‘we don’t want to take a holiday Saturday and Sunday. We want to come here to the CFS.’”


Photo©2016 World Vision, Jon Warren

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