By Xanthe Kamille Almonguera and Hazel P. Villa, VERA Files
Photos by Xanthe Kamille Almonguera
Where two months ago, children cowered in fear as typhoon Yolanda battered the fishing town of Estancia in the province of Iloilo, nowadays one hears singing and laughter.
World Vision has set up Child Friendly Spaces (CFS) in Estancia, about 132 kilometers from Iloilo City, for children ages 6 to 17 displaced and traumatized by typhoon Yolanda (international name: Haiyan).
“Our ultimate goal for the Child-Friendly Space is to make children happy and suit their best interests as children, making them feel safe and secure despite the upset of super typhoon ‘Haiyan’,” says Felinor “Naira” Villa, education officer of World Vision’s Child Labor Project.
Four of Estancia’s 25 villages are included in the three-month program which was launched last Nov. 18 at the Sta. Teresa Prayer Center and Retreat House at Jaro, Iloilo City. Around 600 children, grouped by age, are accommodated in eachRead More »from Child-friendly spaces for Yolanda survivors