NRC's Child Friendly Space in Mpati East of DR Congo
After fleeing armed conflict in their respective home villages, displaced children living in the Mpati Internal Displacement Camp in eastern DR Congo can relax through playing games, singing and listening to educational stories as a result of NRC’s education program in the area funded with the generous support of the European Civil Protection & Humanitarian Aid Operation (ECHO).
The Child-friendly space is a charming environment where children can enjoy themselves. Many of the children involved in the program have experienced trauma due to violence and armed conflict.
"When the fighting broke out, I was going school. Suddenly, my mother and I had to flee to Mpati where I am now participating to the NRC’s child-friendly space.
I like this place so much. Here, I am connected with other kids. After doing my household chores, I always come to the child-friendly space. Here, I have learned many things, especially songs and games. This is important to me because of my situation. "
Since the project was launched in March 2016, we have reached 8,120 displaced children.
Hundreds children are still out of school due to the volatility of security in the area.
With the support of ECHO, NRC strives to cover essential protection issues by providing education in a safe environment for children affected by the crisis. In addition, NRC’s education programing continues to assist –children by building classrooms and providing ‘catch-up’ classes to children no longer in the formal education system .
Photo: NRC/Ephrem Chiruza. March 2017.
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