World Vision aids most vulnerable victims of TP ‘Sendong’ in CDO PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 05 January 2012 13:58

By JEAN MARIE MENDEZ

World Vision Philippines conducted its first Child Friendly Space Intervention (CFS) in evacuation centers in Cagayan de Oro affected by tropical storm ‘Sendong.’

CFS, a five-day activity helping children who were victims of Sendong to cope up with their situation, offer children a safe place to play and the support they need to deal with grief and loss.

The centers are available to all children in a community, regardless of how they have been affected by the disaster or displacement. Child-Friendly Spaces provide things like: Fun activities such as games, sports, singing, drama and puppet-making; Informal learning opportunities in reading, basic hygiene and life lessons; A chance for children to express their feelings of fear and loss through creative play, stories and group interactions;

Distribution of things like lunch boxes, water bottles, books and drawing equipment to supplement the basic survival items World Vision distributes to families;

Help to reunite separated children with their families;

Protection and referrals for orphans, abused children or disabled children (children are referred to specialized services whenever possible); and
A chance for parents to go about their daily activities without worrying about their children’s safety. After emergencies, children can be injured from playing in collapsed buildings and houses.

Erber Fe S. Tirado, World Vision Philippines Program officer, said World Vision protects and cares for the most vulnerable victims of disasters by establishing Child-Friendly Spaces in affected communities.

The said activity in Cagayan de Oro gives the at least 200 children the opportunity to interact with other children and play and provide them the venue to express their emotion through sketching.

During its culmination activity held in the evacuation area at the Macasandig tennis court, World Vision featured two (2) of its Ambassadors for Children, Sam Concepcion and Tippy Dos Santos to lighten up the event and entertain the children.

Sam Concepcion said he wants to give happiness and hope to the children despite their situation.

He read a story to give joy and hope to these children. After which the World Vision team gives small gifts coming from the donation of different sectors.
“Such a place can help them begin to return to a bit more of a normal life and start the process of recovering from what has happened to them” said Tirado.