“Not only that, I was also referred to school and the Child Friendly Space. I have been going to both locations for over a year in the wheelchair with the help of my sister. It was then that life became beautiful in the camp.
Elaf with her sister Malek attending her local Child Friendly Space.
“On my first day, my mother and sister helped me prepare for school. I wore my best clothes. After that, my sister pushed my new wheelchair to places I had never seen before … I love both places a lot. I love the school because I had never been to one and never knew how to read and write. I also love the space because I have a great time here. I have friends with whom I can play,” she says.
In addition to learning to read and write, Elaf’s mobility has helped her to discover her passion.
“I have also learnt new things here like how to play the musical keyboard. I also sing to my friends and teachers. My teacher helps me learn new songs. We write them down together and I read them over and over again until I memorise them. I wish to become a music teacher in the future,” says Elaf.
Elaf practices her keyboard skills at the Child Friendly Space.
Child Friendly Spaces offer children a safe environment to recover from their experiences of conflict and displacement. Janda, the child protection facilitator at Elaf’s local Child Friendly Space, believes it is the perfect place for children who have been through such trauma while suffering physical challenges.
“Elaf was one of those children,” says Janda, “She literally discovered new worlds that she knew nothing about here. The latest of those worlds is music.”
Photos: Muhannad Khaled / Save the Children.