Posted: Tuesday, January 19, 2021. 9:21 am CST.
By BBN Staff: This morning, UNICEF Belize will host a handover ceremony for recreational kits to Belize City Council.
Child Friendly Spaces (CFSs) are widely used in emergencies as a first response to children’s needs and an entry point for working with affected communities.
“Because CFSs can be established quickly and respond to children’s rights to protection, psychosocial well‐being, and non‐formal education, CFSs are typically used as temporary supports that contribute to the care and protection of children in emergencies,” UNICEF noted.
However, they are used also as transitional structures that serve as a bridge to early recovery and long-term supports for vulnerable children.
UNICEF noted that it has found that CFS contribute to mitigating protection risks after and emergency, risks such as human trafficking, child labour, separation from families.
In Belize, CEMO and the Belize Red Cross have been partnering with UNICEF Belize to establish and implement Child Friendly Spaces. This has led to the training of 30 volunteers countrywide.
UNICEF Belize is now providing the recreation kits to prepare these partners to implement and deploy support for CFS in Belize.
“UNICEF remains excited about the partnership with emergency response partners such as CEMO and Red Cross. The initiative, grounded in a holistic rights-based approach, constituted an integrated program that could guarantee minimum standards with regard to essential protection and services to children in times of crisis,” a statement from UNICEF expressed.
Deputy Mayor, Michael Norales and Director General of the Belize Red Cross will be receiving the kits.
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