Guam – The Naval Base Guam community participated in the Second Annual Walk for Children on NBG April 26, in an effort to spread awareness about child abuse prevention.
In recognition of Child Abuse Prevention Month, children and staff from the Child Development Center (CDC) as well as personnel from the Fleet and Family Support Center (FFSC) walked around the CDC with a banner displaying the message, “Keeping Children and Youth Safe is Everyone’s Business.”
“We are knowledgeable about the fact that there is child abuse and we have to end it, and it is a teamwork approach,” said Capt. Mike Ward, the base’s commanding officer. “We also need to recognize it and intervene to prevent it when it is happening to protect our children.”
FFSC Family Advocacy Program Educator Erlinda Montecalvo set up the event to bring the base community together and express the the importance of child abuse awareness.
“One of the things is that the campaign won’t only end in April but we will continue here at NBG to educate and to provide resources to our community on child abuse prevention,” she said.
Joy Goodrich, assistant director of the Child and Youth Program (CYP) at the CDC, said staff taught the kids lessons about child abuse awareness from the information they received from the FFSC.
“I think it went really well,” Goodrich said. “The children were completely involved and I think they understand what they were walking for.”
Goodrich added that the CYP will continue to promote outreach events like the walk with parents whose children are enrolled in the CDC.
Legalman 1st Class Susan Braun, of NBG, walked the parking lot with the children and said it was important for parents who have their child in the CDC to come out and support these events.
“While it is understandable that a mission and work come first, we still need to make effort out here to show our children and support the CDC,” she said. “As parents we do care for the things that they are supporting and involved in.”