At least 150,000 children affected by Ecuador earthquake – UNICEF

20 Apr

UNICEF Ecuador

UNICEF Ecuador

Earthquakes have struck around the world recently. Ecuador’s quake is the country’s worst disaster in decades. And the death toll keeps climbing. At least 150,000 children are affected by the April 15 earthquake in Ecuador, according to initial UNICEF estimates.

“We are in a race against time to protect children from disease and other risks common in such emergencies,” said Grant Leaity, UNICEF Representative in Ecuador.

According to preliminary government reports, the earthquake damaged 119 schools, affecting 88,000 children. Some 805 buildings have been destroyed and 608 have been damaged. Two hospitals have entirely collapsed in Portoviejo and Chone.

In some of the worst hit areas, mudslides are causing further damage to infrastructure and hindering access of relief teams and supplies. Some cities are still without full power and only 40 per cent of communication lines are working.

UNICEF is concerned about health, water and sanitation conditions in the coastal areas – which are already considered hotspots for Zika, Dengue, Malaria and Chikungunya.

UNICEF teams are in Pedernales and Esmeraldas, two of the hardest hit areas, assessing children’s needs and coordinating the response.

In a country where UNICEF has been active the past 40 years, they have just delivered water purification tablets (20,000), mosquito nets (4,500) and tarpaulin to Pedernales, the area worst affected by the earthquake and our staff is on the ground evaluating the extent of the disaster.

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Your donation means that UNICEF can :
– deliver lifesaving essentials – such as water purification tablets, soap, buckets and tents – right now;
– establish Child Friendly Spaces (CFS). These provide community-based services for affected children, including socio-psychological support, play, recreation, and health communication from a professional team of experts on early childhood development and social work;
– after the disaster, we focus on helping children get their life back to normal as soon as possible. We take part in rebuilding and reconstruction work and ensure children have access to a safe place, nutritious food, clean water and education.

About UNICEF:
Founded in 1946, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is the world’s leading United Nations organisation working specifically for children, with the mandate and influence to transform their lives. The Hong Kong Committee for UNICEF (UNICEF HK), one of the 36 National Committees, was founded in 1986 to raise funds to support UNICEF’s work worldwide and to promote, advocate for child rights in Hong Kong. They believe their work is not completed until all champion for child rights to achieve four Zero Sufferings for children.
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ZERO Mortality ⇔ Right to Survival
Every child has the right to enjoy food, clean water, health services and a standard of living, etc. adequate for survival

ZERO Underdevelopment ⇔ Right to Development

Every child has the right to education, leisure, participation in cultural activities and understanding their basic rights, etc.

ZERO Abuse ⇔ Right to Protection
Every child has the right to special protection in situations of armed conflict or conflict with the law, and should be protected from any forms of abuse, neglect or exploitation

ZERO Isolation ⇔ Right to Participation
Every child has the right to freedom of expression; social, economic, cultural and religion activities; association and peaceful assembly; information from diverse sources

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