Sitting at minuscule green, wooden student desks, the group had just felt another tremor.
Despite their fears, the teachers chose to brave the risks to attend the training. The purpose: to be equipped with the means and techniques to serve at the Yuanba District's Child-Friendly Space and identify as well as support youth with post-disaster stress.
Since children are among the most vulnerable to emotional distress following a disaster, World Vision relief workers are quick to construct Child-Friendly Spaces.
These safe areas are kid-oriented havens designed to provide structured activities that enable youth to re-establish routines, mitigating some of the chaos that often accompanies a disaster. Opportunities abound for children to play games, sing, draw pictures, and take part in educational activities.
Children additionally learn about disaster preparedness to deal with the risks they face, and they are encouraged to talk about their often-harrowing experiences in a supportive environment.
In view of the vast scope of the quake devastation and the time needed for rehabilitation and rebuilding, the local government has declared an extended summer vacation for all teachers and children in the Yuanba District.
Until school recommences on Aug. 1, the Child-Friendly Space is the only platform through which teachers can meet and support their students.
"The Child-Friendly Space is very well structured and will certainly bring lots of joy to the children," Zhang concludes. "I'll make sure that all the children will spread the word around so that more can benefit from it!"
>> Pray for children and families in China affected by the deadly May 12 earthquake and aftershocks; pray especially for World Vision's Child-Friendly Spaces to provide the assistance vulnerable children need to weather this disaster.
>> Donate now to help provide emergency relief to survivors of the recent earthquake in China. Your gift will help World Vision deliver life-saving assistance, including setting up Child-Friendly Spaces.
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