Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 20/11/2015. Tags: Parenting
World Vision Toys Appeal aims to raise awareness and funds to help refugee children by providing them with a safe place to learn and play.
World Vision is one of the largest international charities working with children in the world. They work in over 100 countries worldwide providing relief and support to over 100 million people.
The organisation works with children who are suffering from the traumas of emergency situations. Helping children with the basics like clean water, food, shelter and security is a priority for World Vision but they also do something else; something that is just as necessary for children’s health and survival. They provide toys
and special play areas so refugee children can break from reality during times of severe stress.
Child friendly spaces where children can play, paint pictures, write stories and learn how to be children again, helps them to cope with the trauma of having to flee their country, leaving their home, friends and family behind, by providing them with support.
For so many children in the world, getting a new toy and participating in playtime is something that comes hand in hand with childhood. However much we may take it for granted, children need it in their lives to help them learn, grow, explore their creativity and build their confidence - for refugee children, this is even more so.
A toy such as a doll may not seem like much in our minds but for refugee Fatimah (age 6) this toy is all she has – it is her pride and joy and a much needed distraction from the poverty, injustice and conflict that surrounds her.‘Her name is Dolly and she was a gift from my mum who didn’t make it to the camp.’
– Fatimah *
World Vision’s philosophy is to help communities in the world’s poorest locations by not only providing them with the things they need most, but also by buying these goods directly from local businesses, therefore helping as many people out of poverty.
For further information go to www.worldvision.ie
or call 01 498 0800
*Name has been changed for child protection