Tag Archives: disaster relief

Urgent appeal: donate to children hit by hurricane in Haiti NOW

15 Oct

haiti-2Hurricane Matthew — the strongest Caribbean storm in a decade — has swept through Haiti last week. Struggling to recover from the destruction caused by the earthquake and cholera outbreak in 2010, the country is now threatened by Hurricane Matthew, with an estimated of at least 77,000 houses destroyed or damaged, 99,000 families affected and over 4 million children at risk.

The roofs and tree branches flew away. Water started coming in, things were flying everywhere… no one could get hold of them, ” explains 13-year-old Dicejour Gelin, whose house was destroyed by Hurricane Matthew in Haiti.

UNICEF teams are at a race against time to save lives. Tons of humanitarian supplies, including drinking water, mobile water bladders and purification tablets, and basic medical and health supplies are on the way to affected areas.

Alarm over the outbreak of cholera
haitiCholera has killed nearly 10,000 people in Haiti since the earthquake in 2010. The aftermath of the hurricane, combined with the start of the rainy season and poor sanitation coverage, will only exacerbate the risk of diseases. So, UNICEF‘s first priority is ensuring access to safe and clean drinking water. UNICEF’s specialists for Water, Sanitation and Hygiene are now working with the Haitian government and partners to fight water-borne diseases, including cholera, diarrhoea, malaria and worm infestations.

In times of disaster, children are the most vulnerable. UNICEF urgently need your support to help deliver lifesaving essentials and give them access to clean water, proper nutrition and safe shelter. Donate NOW to help children survive from the disaster by clicking on this link!

About UNICEF Hong Kong:
unicef logoThe Hong Kong Committee for UNICEF (UNICEF HK) was founded in 1986 and was established as an independent local non-government organization to raise funds through public donations, partnerships with companies, special events, etc. to support UNICEF’s work. UNICEF HK also promotes and advocates for children’s rights via organizing education and youth programmes in Hong Kong.

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.

Support UNICEF‘s efforts by making a donation now! Just click here

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.

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.
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

Rebuild Homes and Hope for Nepalese Earthquake Victims

30 Apr

A powerful earthquake struck Nepal on April 25, 2015 which results in serious death toll and injuries. Residents have fled their homes and are still experiencing aftershocks. Habitat for Humanity’s disaster response teams are now assessing the situation and coordinating response operations with local government agencies and disaster relief partners.
Nepal Earthquake
Please make a donation today to enable them to assemble 20,000 emergency shelter kits for the victims, including hammers, gloves and corrugated sheets etc. to help them clean up and return home as quickly as possible. Habitat for Humanity will also be providing technical expertise in home and community rebuilding as they have been doing in Nepal for 18 years.

Nepal is highly rural and predominantly agricultural, and disasters such as these leave families vulnerable. Habitat for Humanity is ready to help families return home as soon as possible, and to assist with clean up, repairs and new construction efforts.

There will be significant need to help families in the days and months ahead. To donate please follow this link. Your gift will help families recover.

About Habitat for Humanity: Habitat for Humanity International’s vision is a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Anchored by the conviction that safe and affordable housing provides a path out of poverty, since 1976 Habitat has helped more than 5 million people through home construction, rehabilitation and repairs and by increasing access to improved shelter through products and services. Habitat also advocates improving access to decent and affordable shelter and offers a variety of housing support services that enable families with limited means to make needed improvements on their homes as their time and resources allow. As a non-profit Christian housing organization, Habitat works in more than 70 countries and welcomes people of all races, religions and nationalities to partner in its mission.

Population is growing in cities around the world. It is estimated that 523 million people in Asia are currently living in slums. Each day, another 120,000 people are added to the populations of Asian cities, requiring the construction of at least 20,000 new dwellings daily. Housing supply simply cannot catch up with demand in Asia.

Habitat for Humanity Hong Kong is dedicated to raising awareness of the need for decent housing and harnessing resources to improve living conditions including water, lighting and sanitation for families across the Asia-Pacific region, including China.

Habitat believes a safe, secure and decent home opens the door to improved health, better performance in school, greater economic opportunities, women empowerment, and increased community cohesion, among others. Decent housing provides a way out of poverty, not only in this generation but for generations to come.

What Habitat does:
– Building, rehabilitating and repairing homes for low-income families, including the elderly and families with disabled members;
– Providing permanent housing solutions for people vulnerable to, or affected by natural disasters, conflicts and other calamities;
– Recruiting and training volunteer builders to construct decent housing alongside Habitat home partner families and support youth development in the community.

Their achievements:
– Since 1976, Habitat has built homes and hope for more than 5 million people, or 1 million families.
– Since Habitat began working in the Asia-Pacific region in 1983, around 1.5 million people have been supported with decent housing.