World Vision has opened its Child-Friendly Space in Benguet
During emergencies like Typhoon Ompong (International name Mangkhut), children are the most vulnerable. Aside from providing life-saving essentials, World Vision also puts premium to the psychosocial well-being of children.
On Saturday, September 22, World Vision opened its first dedicated child-friendly space in Itogon, Benguet, the municipality that recorded the highest death toll due to landslides. Parents, teachers and volunteers worked together to put up the space, inspired that their children will have a safe place to play, express their emotions and mingle with other children. Close to 40 children are joining the activity. World Vision is also working alongside department of health, department of education and other stakeholders in capacitating teachers to hold psychological first aid for children and integrate it in their classes.
Typhoon Mangkhut has lashed North Luzon on September 15 in Baggao, Cagayan. It then moved to other parts of Luzon, including Benguet province. It brought heavy rains and strong winds, causing landslides across the Cordillera region. To date, more than 1.5Miliion people were affected and the number continues to rise as authorities get more information from areas that were isolated.
World Vision has so far distributed kitchen set, non-food items like mosquito net, blankets and plastic mats and emergency shelter kits to more than 300 families (1500 individuals) in Benguet. It also continues to provide emergency essentials in Cagayan, reaching 1,400 families (7000 individuals) to date.