|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
• 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.