With the aim to respond to the children’s long term psycho-social needs, Aide et Action with the support of UNICEF is creating child friendly spaces (CFS) in Sadar block of Puri in India to cover 120 villages.
The child friendly spaces are established with three objectives:
i) provide psycho-social care, learning and protective space for young children and adolescents
ii) create access to various government entitlements and services by linking them with those services and
iii) create a sustainable protective community for young children and adolescents.
Key progress so far:
• 70 trained facilitators to enable reduction of stress, stigmatisation and other vulnerabilities through various child friendly creative activities
• 3,870 children attending CFS regularly, out of which 1,875 children are in the age group of 6 -14 years of age and 1,995 are in the age group of 15-18 years
• Children are engaged in various recreational activities, where adolescents have also been trained on theatre of the oppressed, to raise awareness and empower them to showcase prevelant issues to the community
• Special attention was given to the inclusion of children with special needs- nearly 180 differently abled children especially hearing impaired, locomotor impaired and mental retardation attending the CFS. Sign languages are taught to all children so that they can interact with the hearing-impaired children.
The proposed programme, effective till November 2019, aims to bring on-board 480 adolescent leaders from the community, strengthen and work with village level authorities to build resilience of affected communities, with specific focus to children and develop child centered Disaster Risk Reduction plans of 70 villages prepared by children for a sustainable and prolonged impact.