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World Vision’s Child-friendly space in Toronto

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WHEN:         
10 a.m., Wednesday June 26, 2013 (#OneDayForSyria)
 
WHERE:       
St. James Cathedral, West Lawn
65 Church Street (northeast corner of Church & King)Toronto, M5C 2E9
 
WHO:           
Dave Toycen, president, World Vision Canada, has just returned from Jordan and Lebanon where he visited refugee camps and met with Syrian families, Canadian government officials and various non-governmental organizations involved in the humanitarian response. He will provide an update and will be available for one-on-one interviews with media.
                       
VISUALS:     
Canadian children participating in activities under a tented Child-friendly Space that is a replica of the Child-friendly Spaces that are supporting Syrian refugee children who have escaped conflict. The activities will include the following stations:
  • Learning about personal hygiene and sanitation, such as hand-washing
  • Planning an escape route in case of an emergency (craft activity)
  • Making crafts using recycling materials typically found in a refugee camp (water bottles, egg cartons, toilet paper rolls)
  • Decorating and flying kites
  • Watching a puppet show about what to do if they are bullied or threatened  
  • Eating healthy snacks (pita bread, apples, juice)
 
Child-friendly space is a safe place within a disaster-affected community for children to play and get support to deal with their grief and loss.  It helps children return to a normal routine by offering structured activities, games and informal education.  To see a video of Syrian refugees in a Child-Friendly Space in Lebanon, click here.
 
 
For more information, or to arrange an interview, contact:
Britt Hamilton, 416-419-1321 or Britt_hamilton@worldvision.ca

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