Helping communities hit by hidden emergencies

ChildFund supporters are helping tens of thousands of children who have been affected by emergencies around the world.

Supporters of our Africa Food Crisis appeal have provided lifesaving support to children across the continent who are on the brink of starvation. In Bangladesh, ChildFund supporters are also improving conditions for hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees who fled violence in Myanmar.

These emergencies are so widespread that they demand the world’s attention. But what about the hidden emergencies? The disasters you you never hear about? Every year, children are impacted by crises in remote villages, far away from the cameras, and in some of the world’s poorest communities.

Floods, civil conflict, droughts, and many other disasters affect developing countries each year, often in places that do not have the resources needed to respond.

When these disasters strike, children are the most vulnerable.

ChildFund’s Project Humanity partners help ensure children affected by these emergencies can receive the help they need when a crisis occurs.

Here are a few hidden emergencies Project Humanity partners have supported in the last year.

Fires in Laos

When fires broke out in the remote village of Sanfan earlier this year, 90 percent of the houses burned to the ground. The sudden fire, which was sparked by an electrical fault, spread through the remote village, leaving 260 of its 324 residents homeless.

More than 20 percent of the people affected were children under five, who suddenly had no homes, no safe water, and whose parents had just lost their livelihoods.

Sanfan is in a hard-to-reach part of Xiengkhoung province in Northern Laos, where ChildFund works. With support of Project Humanity partners, ChildFund has been able to partner with the local government to provide long-term solutions for families affected by the fire.

Flooding in Papua New Guinea

Hygiene kits helped hundreds of flooded households in remote Papua New Guinea

Severe flooding in Papua New Guinea’s Central Province in January left several remote villages underwater, damaging schools, homes, and a health centre that serviced 13 villages.

More than 600 households and families from communities in Veifa’a, Aipiana and Apanaipi in Kairuku were affected by the floods, which contaminated local water sources and ruined crops that were vital to the local economy.

Project Humanity partners helped provide more than 600 hygiene kits, each consisting of 10L collapsible container, water purification tablets, soap, oral hygiene products and a water storage bucket.

These kits help prevent water-borne disease, which can be fatal in the aftermath of floods.

Landslides in Sierra Leone

An estimated 1,000 people died and around 20,000 were displaced by landslides in Sierra Leone

Extreme flooding in Sierra Leone caused a devastating mudslide to sweep down the steep hillsides of the capital Freetown last August, engulfing the homes of thousands of families who live in the city’s most densely populated areas.

It was estimated that more than 1,000 people died and around 20,000 were displaced. Approximately 75 percent of those affected were women and children, including 150 sponsored children who were enrolled with ChildFund.

Project Humanity partners ensured ChildFund could coordinate with other humanitarian organisations to provide urgent aid, with a focus on child protection. This support included the establishment of Child Centred Spaces at displacement shelters; the provision of essential supplies such as blankets, mosquito nets and water purification systems; and cash transfers to help the most vulnerable families get back on their feet.

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