TORONTO, July 26, 2012 /CNW/ -UNICEF has launched an urgent appeal for
Canadians to support its emergency efforts reaching Syrian children and
their families living in crisis.
UNICEF has appealed for $39 million to support its humanitarian efforts
in the region. So far it has received less than half and still needs
"The needs among children and families displaced by the violence of
recent days are enormous, whether in food, water and sanitation or
other basic supplies. We are doing our utmost to respond, using
whatever means we have at our disposal," says UNICEF Syria
Representative, Youssouf Abdel-Jelil.
Despite the upsurge in fighting in Damascus and elsewhere, UNICEF and
its partners continue to deliver essential aid. Since January UNICEF
has reached 190,000 people in Syria including more than 145,000
children. It's estimated more than 1.5 million people in Syria are
still in need.
The deteriorating security situation and unreliable access to fuel are
creating major challenges for UNICEF and partners to reach these
families in Syria. Despite this UNICEF recently delivered life saving
essentials to thousands of families sheltering in schools across
Damascus. Last week UNICEF also delivered a truckload of essentials
supplies and medical items to an area that has seen particularly heavy
fighting in the capital city.
So far nearly 115,000 people who have fled Syria are now registered as
refugees. UNICEF and partners are providing assistance to these
families who are now in neighbouring Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey and Iraq.
It is estimated half of all displaced Syrians are children and youth
whose schooling has been halted and who now have limited access to
basic services. Many of these children are also suffering from severe
mental distress after witnessing violence and displacement.
In Lebanon UNICEF is creating child friendly spaces and scaling up
psycho-social support services to reach these children who have been
traumatized by war.
UNICEF is also working closely with the Jordanian government and partner
organizations to accelerate work on the newly established Za'atari
refugee camp in the north. With funds currently available UNICEF will
provide water and sanitation facilities, education supplies and child
"We are optimistic Canadians will once again show their generosity
during this crisis and support the ongoing emergency relief efforts
UNICEF is scaling up across the region to help the most vulnerable
children," says UNICEF Canada's Director of International Programs Meg
To make a donation or learn more please visit www.unicef.ca
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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