United States Fund for UNICEF

The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) works in more than 190 countries and territories to save and improve children's lives, providing health care and immunizations, clean water and sanitation, nutrition, education, emergency relief and more. The U.S. Fund for UNICEF supports UNICEF's work through fundraising, advocacy and education in the United States. Together, we are working toward the day when ZERO children die from preventable causes and every child has a safe and healthy childhood.
May 27, 2014

6 Months Later: Signs of Recovery for Children

Coloring in a child-friendly space in Tacloban.
Coloring in a child-friendly space in Tacloban.

Six months after Typhoon Haiyan tore through the central Philippines, notable signs of recovery have emerged. With UNICEF’s support, children have returned to school, and the most vulnerable have been provided with life-saving vaccinations and access to safe water.

UNICEF and partners reached 470,000 preschool and school-aged children with learning supplies and materials in the affected areas. Some 135,000 children benefited from 1,351 UNICEF-supported ‘temporary learning spaces’ equipped with school-in-a-box kits, and recreational and early childhood and development materials. Some 900 education service providers were trained on emergency-related subjects including disaster risk reduction and continuing education during emergencies.

The storm impacted 14 million people, 5.9 million of whom are children, and though UNICEF has helped many begin to re-build their lives and return to school, there is still a long road ahead. UNICEF’s efforts would not be possible without your support and generosity – we thank you.

 

Photos in this report © UNICEF Giacomo Pirozzi. 

For a comprehensive look at UNICEF’s response to Typhoon Haiyan, please see the attached complete four month progress report. 


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Mar 10, 2014

Four Months After Typhoon Haiyan: UNICEF Progress Report

Carl and Alexa at Palo Central Elementary School
Carl and Alexa at Palo Central Elementary School

It’s been four months since Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines on 8 November 2013 and though children’s needs remain great, and it will take years for communities to fully recover, real and significant progress has been made in its aftermath. From day one, UNICEF put children at the center of the response, working with communities, government counterparts, civil society and a wide range of local and international partners. Your donations have helped UNICEF provide 430,000 basic education materials for children as part of a wide-ranging back-to-learning campaign. UNICEF also integrated efforts so that children returning to school have access to safe water and adequate sanitation for boys and girls, together with hygiene education in their learning environment.

Typhoon Haiyan damaged or destroyed close to 3,200 schools and day care centers. Other schools served as evacuation centers. As a result, over a million pre-school and school-aged children were out of school and close to 31,600 teachers were affected. Bringing children back to learning was an immediate priority, as children were at risk of their education being severely disrupted. To date, your donations have helped UNICEF and partners to provide close to 153,000 children with backpacks and school supplies and some 132,000 children have benefitted from 1,320 UNICEF-supported temporary learning spaces’ equipped with school-in-a-box kits, and recreational and early childhood and development materials.

Bringing psychosocial support to children and teachers has also been a priority in the aftermath of disaster. In the wake of Haiyan, your donations have helped support UNICEF’s work with partners to reach teachers, day care workers and education authorities with training on how to support children affected by the Typhoon. UNICEF is also working with parent groups and communities to accelerate children’s return to school and adopt disaster risk reduction practices – including life-skills programs that promote best health, sanitation and hygiene practices.

UNICEF’s efforts would not be possible without your support and generosity – we thank you.

Photos in this report © UNICEF Diana Valcarcel  

For a comprehensive look at UNICEF’s response to Typhoon Haiyan, please see the attached complete four month progress report. 

A child friendly space in Rizol school, Tacloban.
A child friendly space in Rizol school, Tacloban.

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