- Posted January 1, 2013 by
Why child friendly spaces are crucial in an emergency
These pictures may not look spectaculair at first glance, but for the children of Compostela (Philippines) the tent and the activity that they participated in, are crucial.
Plan International responds to emergencies and always does so with children at the center of our response.
The tent provides a safe and dry space in a community where literally all the houses and schools are devastated.
The activity, which was done together with our partner, the Philippine Nursing Association, means that children can process the life changing event that was typhoon Bopha (or Pablo as it is known here in the Philippines).
During the activity children can talk (or draw, or act out) about their experience. They are taught (in a playful way) proper handwashing procedures, which is important to keep them healthy. Also, they can be accessed to give them clean water, proper nutrition and they can reconnect with their peers while their parents get a chance to participate in cleaning up the village and do some processing of their own.
Sometimes parents participate in these sessions so that they see how they can support their children to get through an experience like this.
Plan Philippines is currently responding to typhoon Bopha which hit Mindanao in December 2012 and is planning a longer term intervention, as more than 300,000 people have lost their houses and their livelihoods.