A large share of the refugees currently arriving in Germany are children. However, within reception centers their needs are commonly not met. These centers often lack space for kids, toys, as well as room to rest and play.
In December 2015, Save the Children has established the first Child Friendly Space in Germany within a reception center in Berlin-Tempelhof. We are piloting the adaptation of the globally established child protection concept to the German humanitarian crisis and to reception centers.
The reception center in the former airport Berlin-Tempelhof hosts 2000 people alone – among them 650 children. In our Child Friendly Space, children find a safe environment where they are protected and can release psychosocial stress. We give them the opportunity to play, sing and dance, allowing boys and girls to simply be children again. After having lived through oftentimes traumatic experiences, developing cognitive and social capacities through the act of playing is crucial. Our qualified staff and a well-structured daily routine give girls and boys back a sense of normalcy and safety. Moreover, the activities in the CFS prepare children for visiting day care and schools in Germany.
Save the Children Germany works for introducing Child Friendly Spaces as a standard in reception centers all over the country. In order to provide qualified staff, to equip our spaces with furniture as well as with learning materials and toys, we need you! Please support our crucial work with a donation.