MANILA/NEW YORK/GENEVA, 12 November 2013 – UNICEF is appealing for US$34 million to aid the four million children of the Philippines affected by Typhoon Haiyan when it ripped through the archipelago four days ago.
The appeal is a first estimate of the requirements needed to help children and their families recover, and is expected to cover 6 months.
The appeal is especially pressing because many of the regions slammed by Typhoon Haiyan are reportedly without electricity, clean water, food and medicine.
By Christopher de Bono, Regional Chief of Communication, UNICEF East Asia and Pacific
In the Philippines, the devastation of a ‘super typhoon’ has left communities helpless, while the Government and relief groups struggle to mount aid operations.
MANILA, Philippines, 12 November 2013 – I just got off the phone with Nonoy, a UNICEF colleague in Tacloban City, in the Philippine province of Leyte. He is a thorough professional, an old hand who has seen disasters and devastation before.
MANILA/NEW YORK/COPENHAGEN, 11 November 2013 – UNICEF is rushing emergency supplies to areas of the Philippines ravaged by Super Typhoon Haiyan on 8 November, as the latest estimates indicate that up to 4 million children could now be affected by the disaster.
Therapeutic food for children, health kits, water and hygiene kits to support up to 3,000 families in the affected areas have already been mobilized from supplies available in the country, with distribution prioritized for the Tacloban area as soon as access is possible.
Gaza, MOZAMBIQUE, 28 June 2013 – After the third day, starved and bleeding from perilous survival further beset by a need to look after six high school students near the bridge in Chokwe, physical education teacher Francesco Salomao, only 29 years old himself, proposed to swim away from the group in search for something to eat. The students cried out in refusal, they would not let him go. How would they survive without his leadership? He’d been walking home from school when the floodwaters came from all sides. In a matter of moments, the students (5 boys and one girl) who were in Chokwe to sit for a college placement examination found this brave soul who would save their lives.
ILIGAN, Philippines, 16 March 2012 – Ten-year-old Joy Crizelle lives with her grandfather, sister, two aunts and uncles, and a nephew in a small one-room hut at an evacuation centre in Barangay Mandulog, in Iligan. Their village was one of the worst affected by the flash floods that followed Tropical Storm Washi in December.
“We were asleep in our house when the flood came,” Joy said. “We had to leave immediately. My grandfather brought blankets for me and my sister, but we left everything else behind. I was very scared. It was dark and the water was rising, and I could hear people crying out for help.”
CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Philippines, 25 January 2012 – In City Central School, in Cagayan de Oro City, two teachers recently held their first day of classes since the devastating floods that swept through their community – even as their own futures looks uncertain.
Vivian Benedictos and Marilou Gambuta, co-teachers and best friends, share a first-grade classroom at the school. It is a space they not only teach in, but now also live in.