Save the Children is the emergency response agency for children worldwide. We are providing lifesaving relief to children and families affected by Cyclone Nargis. We're distributing food, water and materials for shelter (e.g., plastic sheeting). So far we have reached 72,000 children and families; more than a third of these beneficiaries are children age 12 and under.
In emergencies children are the most vulnerable – they have lost their homes and schools, and face numerous threats to their well-being, including waterborne illness. The situation is deteriorating quickly. Babies and young children are especially vulnerable to life-threatening illnesses like diarrhea.
We urgently need help to be able to reach children and their families. Save the Children has launched an appeal for $10 million for children affected by the emergency in Myanmar - to donate call 800-728-3843 or go to the website www.savethechildren.org. Save the Children has raised nearly $1.5 million dollars in donations from individuals, corporation and foundations for its response to Cyclone Nargis, but more is needed to reach children and their families with life-saving supplies.
· According to the government, 22,500 people have been killed, 60,000 are missing and 1 million are homeless
· Total population affected is 24 million
· We have already provided assistance to 72,000 children and families across four townships (Shwe Pyi Tar, Thin Gan Gyn, Insein and North Okkalapa.)
· We have 500 staff around the country, in 35 districts