Children benefit from UNICEF-supported mobile child-friendly spaces in Khoy

27 April 2023
Asfgar Pourabbas

Thousands of children in the earthquake-hit districts of Khoy, West Azerbaijan, will benefit from the UNICEF-supported mobile Child-Friendly Spaces (CFS) equipped with recreational and educational items. Thanks to financial help from the European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO) and the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), UNICEF procured and delivered educational and recreational items to the Iranian Red Crescent Society (IRCS) Youth Organization and its SAHAR teams to equip the mobile child-friendly spaces. The CFS’ provide child protection services for earthquake-affected children in Khoy and surrounding remote areas.

Mobile CFS specifically targets children located in remote areas, children with disabilities, and other marginalised groups of children who lack the ability to access established fixed centres. SAHAR team volunteers have been equipped and trained by UNICEF to identify these vulnerable children and provide services to them through mobile CFS.

In collaboration with the IRCS Youth Organization, UNICEF Iran has supported multiple capacity-building programmes to enhance the efficacy of SAHAR teams on child protection in emergencies, including establishing Child-Friendly Spaces (CFS).

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