The extent of the damage throughout Sulawesi left communities without access to essentials, especially clean water and sanitation facilities.
This is a major risk for children. Two-year-old Cleora is one of many children in displacement camps who have developed skin diseases due to the lack of clean water and hygiene.
Most of the water available in their camp is used for cooking, meaning Cleora and Cleony had to walk to a neighbouring camp to wash.
A lack of clean water and hygiene can lead to skin diseases like the one that is affecting Cleora. It can also lead to the spread of deadly diseases.
Supporters of ChildFund’s appeal to help children in crisis can help provide access to life-saving water, sanitation and hygiene facilities.
ChildFund will distribute 2,000 family kits this month to children who need hygiene related products. ChildFund and local partners are also assessing the current conditions in camps and investigating longer-term solutions to help children can access clean water.
Helping children get their childhood back
“We are also establishing Child-Centered Spaces, which provide children with opportunity for recreational and stimulating activities,” Bridgette said.
“These are critical in providing a safe, supervised routine for social interaction that enable children to overcome psychological effects of the disaster.”
Many of the children who survived the disasters experienced significant trauma. Cleony’s home, school and church were all destroyed in an instant.
When ChildFund spoke to her weeks after the disaster, she still had no idea about the fate of many of her 23 classmates.