As of Monday, March 28, Christian Children's Fund has collected for tsunami relief and recovery in India, Indonesia and Sri Lanka a total of $14.7 million. This includes:
$8,566,098 million in public contributions
$6,126,203 million in grants
$14,692,301 million total
Individual country breakdowns
230 CCF Child Centered Spaces have been established in three tsunami-devastated countries…more than 100 in Indonesia
CCF is helping reconstruct schools, wells, and water/ sanitation systems in Sri Lanka.
CCF is helping put fishermen back to work on the water in India.
To get fishermen back on the water earning a living again, CCF is replacing destroyed long tail diesel engines or paying for their repair through vocational training; distributing fishing nets and iceboxes for small fishing operations; financing repair of fiber boats and catamarans, for those than can be repaired, and giving catamarans to those whose boats were destroyed or lost. In addition, CCF is repairing fish-drying platforms and providing trading and marketing support. These livelihood interventions are being funded through United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID) and public contributions.
To date, CCF-India has established 81 Child Centered Spaces in the Chennai, Kanyakumari, Nagapattanam, Pondicherry, and Cuddalore regions, serving more than 12,800 children. Our goal is to establish 125 spaces, supporting 25,000 children. The CCF Child Centered Spaces are located in community buildings and halls, temples, Balwadis (day care centers), private buildings and even under a tree. (CCF is working to build a structure for the one open air Child Centered Space.) The Child Centered Spaces are used for pre-school age children in the morning; and after school for older children who use the Child Centered Space for recreation and for tutoring. CCF Child Centered Spaces offer safe havens where children engage in normal childhood activities such as structured games, art, singing, and other psychosocial interventions, as well as receive informal education. For youth, 12 to 14 years of age, the Child Centered Spaces are offering tutoring for final exams. Basic numeracy and storytelling are conducted for the three to seven year olds.
CCF is paying farmers to dig up the sand and reclaim farmland in the Nagapattinam area so that the land can be farmed again. The tsunami left about a foot of sand on land that once was used to plant rice. CCF and villagers have to work quickly. They have only three months to remove the sand before the rainy season comes and the salt leaches into the soil, destroying the possibility for future crop farming or rice paddies.
Seventy-five Child Centered Spaces have been established in Indonesia through grants from AusAID, USAID’s Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance, Development Cooperation Ireland and through public contributions. These centers serve 6,159 children, and we are planning on establishing 8 more Child Centered Spaces, eventually serving 17,000 children. Child Centered Spaces are serving as the hub of child protection activities and health campaigns in Indonesia. Through grants from the Canadian International Development Agency, CCF has distributed more than 300 health kits in Meulaboh, along with nutritional supplements to children.
Because populations are preparing to relocate from IDP camps to barracks, protection of children during relocation remains an urgent issue. CCF is the only organization actively engaged in awareness-raising with community/camp members on the protection of children during relocation, and we are now engaged in training of other organizations, both local NGOs and International NGOs on how to establish protection measures.
As part of CCF’s child protection efforts, children in Child Centered Spaces are provided with creative activities about how to protect themselves as they move from camp to barracks…messages include instructions about not going with strangers, who to go to for help, etc. Volunteers are working with children to create original songs about protection including a context for the best original song. It is hoped that the winner of the original song context will sing their protection song on the radio as a protection message for all children.
In addition, during Child Centered Space activities, volunteers work with younger children to know their names, ages and their parents’ names. They provide an explanation of directions to the new locations to all children. Child Protection Monitors (4) are nominated within the community. Two will stay in the current location and observe the movement of children. Two will stay in the new location area to see that children arrive. ChildFund master trainers will be present during the movement of each camp/host community and monitor the movement of children. The name of the child, the child’s age and parents’ name will be written on the inside tag of the child’s shirt. Meanwhile, an assessment team is looking at the child protection issues created by the consolidation of groups of people from IDP camps into barrack locations.
CCF has established 47 Child Centered spaces in Sri Lanka’s five tsunami-affected districts of Galle, Hambantota, Matara, Ampara and Trincomalee, serving 2,155 preschool children and 3,287 children in after school activities. The Child Centered Spaces are also serving as centers where more than 700 mothers participate in child health and well-being programs; and 1,500 youths participate in youth clubs.
CCF is continuing its work to provide 3,000 families with access to safe water and repair water/sanitation facilities in the communities and schools through an OFDA grant and public contributions.
CCF is proceeding ahead with OFDA funded “cash for work” programs to support clean-up activities in Ampara, Hambantota, and Matara Districts.
CCF is recruiting trained tailors to supervise a “cash for work” sewing project for women in the Ampara District. CCF has already received the material from UNICEF and has purchased sewing machines.