Child-friendly spaces are a central pillar of our emergency response provision for children and families who have been impacted by conflict and disaster. They offer respite from crisis - a safe place where children can relax and play, receive nutritious meals, safe drinking water, health services, education, and trauma counselling.
They also serve as safe childcare for parents, who can then focus on pressing matters such as finding food, locating relatives, re-establishing their livelihoods and assisting the community’s recovery, comforted by the knowledge their children are being cared for by childcare professionals.
In our child-friendly spaces, Children participate in various planned activities based on their reality and needs. These activities aimed to strength a set of values and behaviors related to the community, and teaching them how to deal positively with their problems. Moreover, it will provide them with the necessary skills to be able to enjoy their lives normally and to concentrate on their future.
Our child-friendly spaces reduce the levels of stress, trauma and fear among both children and parents, and empower them to recover together, as a family.
Our child-friendly space in Damascus is helping Syrian children cope
Rami’s* life changed forever when the violence of the Syrian civil war forced him and his family to flee their home in Aleppo.
The family took up residence in an abandoned house in Damascus, but it soon became apparent that their father would not be able to earn enough to support Rami and his five younger siblings. His parents made the heart-breaking decision to take Rami out of school and send him to work as a delivery boy for a local supermarket. It was a dangerous occupation, requiring Rami to walk the streets of the war-torn city alone from morning until nightfall.
Rami told us: “I feel overloaded with responsibility. I see children going to school and I sometimes envy them. I long to be one of those children and get an education.”