As Filipino families come together to welcome 2022, 846,000 children need help after their homes were destroyed by Typhoon Odette. A more infectious strain of Covid-19 and heavy, continuous rainfall over typhoon-affected areas pose an additional danger and may further slow aid efforts.
Working with the Philippine government, UNICEF Representative in the Philippines Oyunsaikhan Dendevnorov said their assessment teams from Surigao del Norte, Siargao Island, Dinagat Island, Southern Leyte, Cebu and Bohol reported that children need clean water, health, nutrition and psychosocial support, protection from violence and continued learning.
âWe have seen children with diarrhea in homes and hospitals, their worried parents barely recovering from the shock of losing their homes and their livelihoods. Children’s schools have been partially or completely destroyed and their learning modules have been flooded. Staying in overcrowded rooms in evacuation centers with adults exposes them to abuse and exploitation. Local government officials are overwhelmed and child laborers such as teachers and social workers are themselves affected, âDendevnorov said in a statement.
Prince Jhay Mark Timonio, 8, sits in the rubble of broken houses at Barangay Tapon, Purok 6 in Ubay, Bohol. PHOTO COURTESY OF UNICEF / DAVID HOGSHOLT
Unicef ââvolunteers prepare emergency supplies that meet people’s needs. PHOTO COURTESY OF UNICEF / ERNESTO CASIPLE
Unicef ââhas sent vital supplies such as water purification tablets, hygiene kits, jerry cans, tents and water storage units, but this initial delivery is nowhere near enough .
“We are working hard to raise $ 11 million to reach 200,000 of the most affected children but have only secured $ 3.8 million so far. Without this funding we will miss this critical time to meet children’s needs. “she said.
“Some of the affected areas already had worrying malnutrition rates even before the typhoon hit. We cannot leave these children behind,” Dendevnorov continued.
As everyone welcomes the New Year, Unicef ââhopes their collective efforts will help the children survive and recover.
âWe continue to work closely with the government of the Philippines, the United Nations country team and our partners to support the government-led emergency response. We see the tremendous solidarity between organizations and individuals contributing to the response in their own way. Â»Declared the representative of Unicef.
“The Covid-19 pandemic, made worse by disasters such as Typhoon Odette, is a children’s crisis that we must end now. Let’s reimagine a better future for all of our children as we welcome 2022,” he said. she eventually added.
To help children and families affected by Typhoon Odette, visit https://donate.unicef.ph/campaign/children-emergencies.