Nikka heals her wounds in CFS sessions
4-year old Nikka is one of the 230 children who were initially catered to at World Vision’s child-friendly spaces on November 6. “I drew a face. I also said I wanted to play and we played a game,” she said shyly at first. When she became more comfortable, she opened up.
“I was in school when the earthquake happened. I did not move a lot because I was afraid. The barangay hall crumbled to the ground. I just went to my teacher,” she says. Mary is in kindergarten.
“I wanted to rush to her but I had my 2-month old baby. Good thing my husband immediately arrived so I was able to secure her. She just kept on crying after that,” her mother Yolyfel shares.
Life in the tent
Yolyfel is a housewife while her husband is a tricycle driver who earns 200 each day. Their concrete house was totally damaged so the family was forced to live in a tent in the nearby elementary school. “The weather is unpredictable so I worry a lot about my baby and Nikka’s health. It’s difficult to mother a 2-month old and a 4-year old in times like this. We need all the help we can get.”
She adds, “This CFS [Child-Friendly Space] is also helpful for me because there are people like you who look after our children while they play. It’s different when Nikka just plays around and I can’t really look after her because of the baby. This also helps her to forget her fears from the many aftershocks we experienced after the earthquakes.”
World Vision will continue to provide psychosocial support to children like Nikka. The social welfare department of South Cotabato is also supporting WV in the conduct of CFS after the staff were trained on CFS and psychological first aid last October. Aside from CFS, hygiene kits, NFI, emergency shelter kit and clean water kit will are also provided to more than 1000 families.