A Break From Destruction

_MG_0008What if this is where you lived? As a child, you wouldn’t be able to find a safe place to play. Schools have been flattened, there would be nowhere to learn. The destruction around you would be a constant reminder of all that you lost. In the Philippines, recovery is slow from Typhoon Haiyan as people try to earn income and rebuild.

Brgy. Lawa-an (4) CFS ContestBut what if you had a place like this to go to? Food for the Hungry’s (FH) child-friendly spaces give Filipino children a break from destruction by creating oasis of safety, where they can learn, play and recover from trauma with trained counselors.

Brgy. Loyo (4) CFS ContestRecently, FH staff were in a competition to see who could build the most beautiful and unique fence to surround each child friendly space. Below are pictures of the finalists. The fences keep the areas safe and also contribute to giving children a visual break from the devastation around each CFS.

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sevenFH staff used materials left from destroyed buildings to build beautiful fences to inspire hope in children.

tenFence designers used plants to show children that vulnerable things can still grow in the Philippines.

threeIn child friendly spaces, FH staff develop relationships with children and their parents to help provide support.

fourFH has opened 35 child friendly spaces in the Philippines to help children.

nineThis is the kind of help you bring to devastated communities when you partner with FH during disasters. Children can go to places where they can find safety, help and Christ’s love to continue with their lives. Thank you for making a difference in the lives of these children.

About Renee Targos

Renee is a former journalist and editor for national arts and business publications. As a writer for Food for the Hungry, Renee explores and reports on the work and relationships of partners, FH staff and impoverished communities.

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