Child Friendly Space

Project Child Friendly Space

• To identify trauma signs and symptoms (if any) among children who frequented the Child Friendly Space • To help provide emotional and coping skills to children • To restore normalcy among the children affected by Typhoon Haiyan

Project Partners -

• Random play and behavioural assessment • Trauma work, coping skills and rebuilding

Locations Barangay Valencia, Ormoc City, Leyte, Philippines
Period November – December 2013

106 children attended the Child Friendly Space

Super-typhoon Haiyan made landfall on November 8 2013 and
affected the people in Leyte, Samar and North Cebu. The typhoon
caused much destruction both physically and emotionally to
the affected population. Children are no exception as they are
emotionally affected as well. Child Friendly Space is a dedicated
place where children express themselves through activities such
as arts & crafts, role plays, and group work.

MERCY Malaysia’s efforts
There were two themes that were introduced at the Child Friendly
Space: random (free) play and behavioural assessment as well as
trauma works, coping skills and rebuilding. All activities were
planned and structured around these themes in such a way that
the children were made to feel comfortable and feel secure while
having fun.

The Child Friendly Space had two sessions each day. Session 1
lasted from 10am to 12.30pm and Session 2 from 2pm to 3pm.
These sessions were designed to identify any trauma signs and
symptoms amongst the children. It was also designed to develop
emotional and coping skills for the children.
All in all, there were 106 children that benefitted from the Child
Friendly Space and this effort was received positively by the
community. It also helped the children to cope better with the
aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan.