Oct 1, 2018

Earthquake and Tsunami in Indonesia

A boy walks outside his damaged house in Palu.
A boy walks outside his damaged house in Palu.

Dear Friend,

The latest reports indicate that more than 800 people have died after a strong earthquake and tsunami hit the Indonesian island of Sulawesi Friday morning, and an estimated 17,000 have been displaced. The number of fatalities is expected to rise in the coming days as rescuers continue their search efforts. 

UNICEF is mobilizing an immediate response to this disaster and is raising support to help the affected areas build back better. With programs in Indonesia dating back to 1948, UNICEF is uniquely poised to step up where help is needed most and work with local partners to deliver urgently needed supplies like safe drinking water, hygiene kits, and medicine. Trained staff are reuniting separated children with their families, offering psychosocial support, and providing educational materials to get children back to learning and playing as soon as possible. 

Please consider making an immediate donation to the Emergency Response project to support UNICEF's on-going emergency relief efforts. 

Thank you, 

Emma

Photo Credit:  © UNICEF/AFP PHOTO / Bay ISMOYO

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Sep 20, 2018

Syria: Internally displaced children in Idlib

(c)UNICEF/UN0236959/Watad
(c)UNICEF/UN0236959/Watad

Dear Friend,

Since the beginning of September 2018, thousands of people have been displaced, following a recent escalation of hostilities in north-west Syria. UNICEF estimates that many children are at risk, with recent violence jeopardizing their wellbeing. Many children in Idlib have been displaced over six times from one camp to another, fleeing the violence. While only limited humanitarian access is possible in Idlib through UNICEF’s partners in Idlib, western Aleppo and northern Hama; UNICEF and partners are delivering lifesaving assistance and preparing for expected displacement of civilians. This includes supplies for water, sanitation and hygiene, health, nutrition, child protection, and education. 

Your support of these ongoing efforts is greatly appreciated.

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Sep 7, 2018

Update: 703 children need humanitarian assistance

Rohingya Refugee Crisis
Rohingya Refugee Crisis

Dear Friend,

The plight of the Rohingya refugees remains dire. As 12-year old Umme recounts, “Houses were burning and there were rocket launchers. Killing people after arresting them. They were burning villages and we couldn’t move. We couldn’t go to the forest or fish, so we couldn’t eat. That’s why we fled."

Right now, the global community has come together to create the largest refugee camp in the world, housing more than 700,000 people. There are health centers, vaccinations, psychosocial support, child-friendly centers throughout, and an elementary educational system. It’s a massive, coordinated effort by government and non-governmental organizations to provide relief at a time when it’s needed most.

Umme’s story is one no child should tell. Yet, it’s an all-too-familiar one in the Bangladesh refugee settlements.

UNICEF is mobilizing to keep Rohingya children safe, healthy and dry during the monsoon season. Vital infrastructure is being reinforced and medical supplies prepositioned to handle the threat of illnesses like cholera — an acute diarrheal disease that can kill a child within hours if not treated. The water supply is being protected, and supplies families will need to keep their water safe and clean — hygiene kits, water purification tablets, chlorine, soap and buckets — stockpiled. Vaccination teams are administering the oral cholera vaccine to 1.1 million people, and community volunteers are fanning out to educate families on how to protect themselves.

Here are some actions you can take:

  • Share the story of a Rohingya refugee child, click here.
  • Donate to this project to provide life-saving support.

More financial resources are needed to support this mobilization. Please take action and engage your community for the Rohingya refugee children.

Thank you for putting children first.

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