| Jan 19, 2018
Playing in the Child-Friendly Space
Thank you for your support of World Vision's disaster relief work in Mexico after the devastating earthquakes last September. Here is a brief summary of all that was accomplished.
Through the support of more than 400 volunteers and 60 institutional allies, World Vision Mexico was able to serve 10,229 children, 7,858 adults and 2,389 families.
World Vision (WV) support included:
- Protection of children with friendly spaces. In total, 42 Child-Friendly Spaces (CFS) were opened, serving 3,316 girls and boys.
- Through the distribution of personal hygiene packages and water treatment kits, 1,905 children and 2,930 adults benefitted.
- Food packages were provided to 852 families, 2,589 adults and 2,432 children.
World Vision is operating a Child-Friendly Space (CFS) in Iglesia el Buen Samaritano (Good Samaritan Church) in Santa Rosa. The CFS are set up after a disaster to provide a safe place for children to play and receive psychosocial support to process the trauma they experienced. Teachers at this particular CFS was also teaching children about good hygiene practices. During World Vision’s staff visit, one of the volunteers delivered a great presentation to a group of children on good hygiene practices, and helped distribute hygiene kits to the children.
Jorge, a World Vision volunteer who lives in Santa Rosa, attends pharmacy school in Cuernavaca. He is passionate about helping the children and people affected by the earthquake in his community. About a block away from the church, Jorge took our staff to visit a family whose home was completely destroyed in the earthquake. The mother was at home when the earthquake hit, but made it out uninjured. The mother, father, and son, were kind enough to take the World Vision team onto their plot of land where their home used to stand. Now, it is nothing more than a pile of debris. They told World Vision that the government had promised to come and help, but never showed up. This family was extremely resilient and showed gratitude for what they had and the assistance they received from World Vision.
Distribution in Mexico City
Playing at the Child Friendly Space
CFS staff and some of the children who attend