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by Mai Zamora, Field Communications Specialist, WV Philippines
Child Friendly Space (CFS) aims to help the children realize that they have the right to be protected especially in times of disaster. In the second day of CFS that was launched in the hardest hit village of Macasandig, Cagayan de Oro, the kids grouped according to their age were encouraged to draw an impression of their ideal house which symbolizes assurance, security and safety for them.
"My dream house is a palace," says 11-year-old Rewindy while describing his drawing. "I want to build a palace because it is safe. The water can’t get through the house," Rewindy shares as he shows his colorful drawing.
Rewindy shows his colorful palace, a house where all of his family can live away from danger and floodwaters. For more inspiring stories of young survivors, click here.
Rewindy is one of the hundreds of child survivors who were temporarily sheltered in the barangay (village) covered court. Thousands of families were left with nothing, as their homes were washed out by the strong water current from the mountains.
"The [flood] waters were almost above my head and everyone in my family was trapped inside our comfort room [restroom]," Rewindy recalls.
"If my father didn’t destroy the comfort room for sure we will also be [found] dead just like most of our neighbors," Rewindy vividly recalls the details of their survival.
As Christmas gets closer, Rewindy wishes to build a palace for his family. "I don’t want to go back in our place anymore. I’m afraid the flooding might occur again," he resolves.
The flooding that brought a major devastation in the area was not the first time. Last 2009, Rewindy’s village was also affected by the flood but this year was a total nightmare. “This is the worst as my house was totally gone,” he recalls. When asked who he wants to stay with his palace, Rewindy enumerates, “My grandparents, cousins, aunties, uncles and even my neighbors can live there.”
"I hope Jesus will grant my dream house someday,” Rewindy wishes, "perhaps next Christmas."
For more inspiring stories of young survivors, click here.
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