Children play football outside a child-friendly space in
© UNICEF Burundi/2018/J.Haro
This group of children all met at the Nyabugete child-friendly space in Musaga, Burundi, where they quickly became good friends. One of their favourite things to do here is to play a game of football that unites these friends who have different ethnic, cultural, religious and linguistic backgrounds.
This is just one of the 39 child-friendly spaces in Bujumbura that is providing a protective and stimulating environment where children can play and have fun but also access psychosocial support.
Together with our partners, UNICEF is implementing psychosocial and recreational activities for children to help them gain a sense of normality. Through play, children explore, invent and create. They also develop social skills, learn to express their emotions and gain confidence in their own capabilities.