Child friendly spaces
UNICEF initially set up “child friendly spaces” to provide care for children temporarily displaced by flooding in Madagascar’s capital, Antananarivo, after Cyclone Ivan struck in 2008.
With the onset of political unrest in early 2009 however, these spaces became increasingly popular, and have continued to be so. Many are now overcrowded.
Not only do they provide children with a safe place to play, they also allow them access to basic education services, safe water, sanitation and hygiene, and provide an opportunity to identify children in need of special interventions.