Meanwhile, in China's quake zone, World Vision plans to open three Child-Friendly Spaces to start. The agency has set up such spaces in response to previous disasters including the Asia tsunami in 2004 and the Pakistan earthquake in 2005. Its experience has shown that a structured program of children's activities within a safe environment can help contribute to psychological recovery.
World Vision continues to distribute food, clean water, medicine and other emergency supplies to more than 100,000 people in Yangon and the Delta region.
Child protection experts and relief workers in the region are available
for interviews. Please contact Rachel Wolff at 253.394.2214 or
Rwolff@worldvison.org or Casey Calamusa at 206.310.5476 or
Notes to Editors:
-- According to child protection experts, in the aftermath of a natural
disaster children continue to face dangers to their survival, such as
water-borne diseases. In addition, they may suffer separation from
their parents, distress and grief, health and hygiene challenges and
ongoing community instability. A briefing paper on protecting children
after disasters is available from World Vision at
-- In Myanmar, the UN estimates that at least 1.5 million people have
been severely affected by the cyclone. With 32% of Myanmar's
population under 18-years-old, more than 480,000 of the survivors are
likely to be children, who are especially vulnerable in disasters.
-- World Vision is a Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to
working with children, families and their communities worldwide to
reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and
injustice. We serve all people, rega
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