A child-friendly space project is underway through the efforts of the United Nations Children’s funds (UNICEF), the Belize Red Cross, and the City Emergency Management Organization (CEMO). Youths in Belize City will now have access to organized environments where they can feel safe in times of disaster and receive support in an organized and stimulating environment. Michael Noralez, Deputy Noralez spoke on the importance of this initiative.
Michael Norales, Councilor for NEMO: “While we as adults have been clamoring to regain normalcy and maintain stability many of our children have been facing their own traumas and challenges. However this collection that has facilitated the Child Friendly Spaces project knows that in times of any disaster we must safe guard the physical and mental wellbeing of our future generations. This will definitely be the aim and the next important step that will be undertaken and implemented by the Belize City Council through the programs department. With that said I must congratulate all members of the community, our teachers, our scouts and members of the Community Disaster Response Teams they’re known as CDRTs who have dedicated their time and energies to this initiative. Through the completion of this project three cohorts of individuals now have the knowledge to not only engage our Belizean children on a deeper level but to render support to them at times of disaster and encourage their resilience in safe and stimulating environments.”
After several training sessions, three cohorts of residents, members of the Belize Scouts Association, and the Community Disaster Response Team have not only been educated to facilitate these Child-Friendly Spaces but received Recreational Kits to do so.