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How can you help children after a humanitarian emergency?

After the immediate emergency response, an emergency or crisis doesn’t end for children. Often, they find themselves in desperate circumstances, cold and at risk of hunger, disease and violence.

As we enjoy our time with the family on Christmas Day, there will be children who are suffering, their lives torn apart by emergencies such as the Rohingya refugee crisis in Myanmar or the recent earthquake and tsunami in Indonesia.

These children have already lost so much, they shouldn’t have to lose their childhood too. Below we’ll tell you a little bit more about the children living in crisis, and how you can help them overcome it.

 

Children Need Stability and Support in Indonesia

On 28 September 2018, an earthquake measuring 7.4 on the Richter scale struck central Sulawesi in Indonesia. This was followed by a tsunami that devastated the west coast.

The natural disasters have reportedly killed 2,088 people and displaced 78,994 others, who are spread over 110 different evacuation centres. Access to basic services and necessities is a challenge, and children and their families have limited access to electricity, water and sanitation services.

ChildFund is assisting the emergency response to make sure children have enough clean water, food, blankets, and tents. Our other primary concerns are making sure they are able to resume their schooling and access psychosocial support as soon as possible.

Keep Evacuated Children Safe In Laos, Cambodia and India

ChildFund workers have been on the ground in Cambodia, Laos and India helping families affected by floods.

Heavy rains caused massive flooding in southern Laos, Cambodia and parts of India this year. Towns and villages were swept away, leaving thousands of families without homes or possessions and living in overcrowded emergency shelters.

We need to make sure children in evacuation centres have an environment where they can be safe from contracting diseases, recover from the trauma of their experience, and resume their education.

To ensure this happens ChildFund is working to provide:

  • First aid kits
  • Mobile latrines
  • Psychological support activities for children up to 10 years of age
  • Education materials and textbooks
  • Play areas

Child Refugees In Myanmar Need Protection

Taslima is one of many children who was forced to flee violence and persecution in Myanmar

Women and children living in temporary shelters are particularly vulnerable. Thousands of Rohingya families have fled violence and persecution in Myanmar and are now living in refugee camps in Bangladesh.

To combat concerns for their wellbeing, ChildFund is working in partnership with our local partners to put the following measures in place:

  • Safe spaces: Setting up spaces offering individual counselling, healthcare checks, information on violence against women and children, and a place to support each other;
  • Essential Supplies: Providing safe drinking water, food, blankets, dignity kits, cooking fuel and washrooms, including dedicated bathing and toilet facilities for women and girls. and;
  • Preventative Measures: Monsoon and cyclone preparedness to combat the threat of extreme weather, including helping people in landslide and flood-prone areas of the camp to move to safer accommodation.

 

How Can You Help Children In Need?

When disasters strike, families and communities can lose everything, leaving children vulnerable and struggling to survive. But you can help keep them out of danger.

There’s a few ways you can help. If a particular cause or country has affinity with you, donating to the matching appeal would directly help children and families affected by the crisis. To help a child most in need, you can make a donation to our ongoing appeal, which will fund efforts in our emergency response projects.

We believe that every child deserves a childhood. We’re relying on you to help us make that happen.

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