Kids need our help in the Philippines
Posted on the 22.11.2013 by Jérôme Coupé
On 8 November, category 5 Typhoon Haiyan struck 36 provinces of the Philippines. It seems to be the most powerful storm ever recorded. The latest estimates are that more than 12 million people have been affected by the tragedy, including 5 million chilfren. More than 900 000 people have been displaced, killed and injured. UNICEF wants to help.
What does the UNICEF do today to help the children in the Philippines ? And how can we all help these people ? After each tragedy, the same questions arise.
In this case, UNICEF was working in this part of the world before 8 November : UNICEF people and logistics could react very quickly allthoug the access to the destroyed zones was quite difficult.
Currently, UNICEF help focuses on the following:
- Drinking water: it is absolutely necessary to provide at least 15 litres drinking water to each individual in order to avoid diseases caused by infested water. Fortunately, there is a fully operational water treatment installation not far from Tacloban.
- Nutrition: Last Sunday, 60 tons of appropriate and therapeutic food and emergency material left Copenhague by plane -bringing to the Philippines milk and enriched biscuits for new born babies.
- Kids protection: when such tragedy occurs, children often loose track of their parents. UNICEF helps the local authorities to reinforce the security for the children and to avoid children kidnapping.
UNICEF will start to distribute health kits as soon as it is possible to access the heavily devastated areas.
It's almost vital that children can go back to their normal life as soon as possible, which includes going back to school. UNICEF has brought school material and deployed 72 tent-schools in the area.
Thank you for your help.