TORONTO, Nov. 22, 2013 /CNW/ - Typhoon Haiyan has left children in the
Philippines in urgent need of protection. With over five million
children affected by the disaster, including 1.8 million who have been
displaced, UNICEF is leading international efforts to ensure children
are safe and protected from violence abuse and exploitation. The
Government of Canada's announcement this week of $3 million of support
to UNICEF Canada includes critical funding to reach 300,000 children
through the creation of safe spaces for children and the provision of
"UNICEF is working with local governments and partners to identify
appropriate, centralized spaces, clear them of debris and create
child-friendly spaces," said David Morley, President and CEO of UNICEF
Canada. "With Canada's support, children affected by the typhoon can
spend the day playing, learning and receiving proper nutrition while
their families are busy re-establishing homes and livelihoods. They
will have the space they need to be kids and to promote their
recovery." Across the affected region UNICEF is working with partners
and the Government of the Philippines to ensure children are healthy
and safe. "Survival means not only that we address children's health,
education and psychological well-being, but that we make sure their
safety is given top priority," said UNICEF Representative in the
Philippines, Tomoo Hozumi. "These spaces provide a place for children
to begin the process of recovering from the loss of loved ones and the
total upheaval in their lives, and help reduce the risks of
trafficking, exploitation and other harm."
UNICEF is also working to help reunite children who have been separated
from their families. Today, UNICEF will deploy Rapid FTR (Family
Tracing and Reunification), a mobile phone-based tool designed to
enhance the speed of the family tracing and reunification process.
Canada's support to UNICEF will also provide safe water, basic
sanitation and hygiene promotion for 450,000 typhoon-affected
people, emergency nutrition activities for 160,000 girls and boys,
including setting up emergency infant and young child feeding centers
and therapeutic feeding centers, adequate and safe learning spaces for
285,000 boys and girls; and support the Government of the Philippines
in the recovery process for typhoon-affected communities.
UNICEF is providing tents, recreation kits and specialized supplies for
early childhood development, with the local government departments
supplying day-care workers, soon to be supplemented with social
workers, animators and youth volunteers. Parents and community members
are actively contributing to the set-up and operation of these spaces.
UNICEF has distributed 2,000 hygiene kits and 2,000 water kits for
10,000 people displaced in Guiuan, one of the hardest hit areas. Three
water bladders were installed in Tacloban providing 25,000 liters/day
of water to more than 8,000 people. UNICEF is prioritizing access to
education in Western and Eastern Samar as well as in Ormoc City, Roxas
city, Aklan and Capiz. From prepositioned supplies, UNICEF delivered 30
early childhood development kits for 2,000 pre-school children and 31
sports sets for 8,000 children in Eastern Samar. UNICEF has helped
restore 80 per cent of piped water in Tacloban, the largest city hit by
the typhoon and to date, has sent 25 plane loads of life-saving
supplies to the Philippines.
Over 30 UNICEF staff from across the world have been deployed to support
the 94-member UNICEF Philippines country team's response. UNICEF aid
workers are on the ground in Tacloban, Ormoc, Aklan, Capiz and Cebu.
Canadians can support relief efforts by donating at www.unicef.ca and
calling 1-877-955-3111. The Government of Canada will match individual
donations (up to $100,000 per donation) until December 9, 2013.
UNICEF has saved more children's lives than any other humanitarian
organization. We work tirelessly to help children and their families,
doing whatever it takes to ensure children survive. We provide children
with healthcare and immunization, clean water, nutrition and food
security, education, emergency relief and more.
UNICEF is supported entirely by voluntary donations and helps children
regardless of race, religion or politics. As part of the UN, we are
active in over 190 countries - more than any other organization. Our
determination and our reach are unparalleled. Because nowhere is too
far to go to help a child survive.
SOURCE: UNICEF Canada
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