Responding to Hurricane Sandy's Impact on Children
By Jenna Cluver - Manager, Corporate Partnerships
This is our final report for the "Support Children Affected by Hurricane Sandy” project. Your generous support allowed Save the Children to immediately deploy teams to some of the hardest hit areas following Hurricane Sandy’s destructive hit to the east coast.
Save the Children’s Post-disasterImmediate ResponsePrograms Reached More Than 43,000 Survivors and Included:
Emergency care for 1,485 children in 16 shelters through our Child-Friendly Spaces program
Distributions of supplemental feeding for children in shelters (equivalent to 15,545 healthy meals), in response to the fact that children were receiving less than 900 calories per day during the initial six days because there was not enough food in shelters
Distribution of items, including: winter clothing, diapers, infant hygiene materials, and other vital supplies
Assistance for 18 school and child care sites to support their ability to reopen and start serving children again
Months after Sandy devastated the East Coast, Save the Children’s response and recovery teams are still in New York and New Jersey, working with families, communities, and partner organizations to provide long-term assistance to help families return to normalcy, send their children to school, and have access to child care.
Save the Children’s Long-Term Hurricane Sandy Response Includes:
Child Care and School Recovery – collaborating with large child-focused agencies to coordinate child care and school resources and recovery efforts
Psychosocial Support: Journey of Hope Program – building strategic partnerships with mental health agencies and state agencies help children and adults cope, build on their natural resiliency, and strengthen their network of social support—to help them recover from the fear, loss, and stresses related to Hurricane Sandy
Advocacy and Strengthening Child-Focused Preparedness – a critical role for Save the Children is to improve the ability of New York and New Jersey—and the U.S. in general—to better protect children when disasters strike
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