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Children in crisis need your support

The festive season is a time when we come together to celebrate with our loved ones.

But while we are counting our blessings, 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.

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

When disasters strike, families and communities can lose everything, leaving children vulnerable and struggling to survive.
These children have already lost so much, they shouldn’t have to lose their childhood too.

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.

Cambodia, Laos 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 text books
  • Play areas

Bangladesh

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

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

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

  • Safe spaces offering individual counselling, healthcare checks, information on violence against women and children, and a place to support each other;
  • Safe drinking water, food, blankets, dignity kits, cooking fuel and washrooms, including dedicated bathing and toilet facilities for women and girls and;
  • 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.

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