Being Five Again
A Safe Space to Play
Every parent understands the importance of providing their child with a space that is safe, a place that encourages play, curiosity and expression. That is why Ismail enrolled his 5-year-old daughter, Rawan, in a Child-Friendly Space in Bab Al Noor Refugee Camp.
“When I used to see children leave this space so happy, I went to sign my daughter up for this program.”- Ismail
With support from Irish Aid, this Child-Friendly Space was set up by World Vision to support refugee children affected by the Syrian Crisis.
Thanks to the Irish public these children have an escape from the terrors they have been exposed to as a result of a conflict. In these child-friendly spaces, they have a chance to receive counselling and play. They can be children again here and that’s the best gift that you can give them.
Rawan’s parents describe the huge difference they see in their daughter since her enrollment in the Child-Friendly Space. Her mother speaks of her daughter’s excitement to wake up to go to the Child-Friendly Space; she prefers it more than going to school! When Rawan was asked what she wants to be when she grows up, she replied: “I want to be like Miss Mervat (one of the staff at the Child-Friendly Space).”
It is stories like this, of Rawan’s and her family, that emphasise how important it is to provide centres like these for children living in emergencies. To date, the Child-Friendly Space has supported over 1,000 Syrian Refugee children inside the Bab Al Noor camp. All of these children have gone through things that children should never have to go through. But in these safe spaces, they are able to be happy again.
Thank you for helping to make this possible and for giving these children a place to be a child again.