UNICEF raises US$200,000 for emergency relief for Jamaican children
Kingston, Jamaica, 22 August, 2007. In response to emergency appeals following the devastation by Hurricane Dean on 19 August, the United Nations Children's Fund office for Jamaica has mobilized US$100,000 from the UNICEF National Committee in France with another £50,000 to be received from the counterpart committee in the United Kingdom.
The funds will assist the Government of Jamaica and non-governmental organizations in providing relief supplies for approximately 2,000 families and their children in affected communities including tarpaulins; age and gender specific hygiene kits, water tanks and chlorine, vector control measures and psychosocial support. For the early childhood sector, funds will go towards supplying recreation kits and school in a box kits; 10 tents for ECD activities (to temporarily replace devastated/destroyed EC centres); 20 field tested ECD kits and the training of practitioners. Approximately 600 school age children and 1,000 children under 6 are expected to benefit.
UNICEF has already pre-positioned four field emergency health kits to serve 4,000 children over a three-month period and 2,000 -10 litre collapsible water containers.
UNICEF Representative in Jamaica Bertrand Bainvel in announcing the receipt of these grants stated that "such an assistance will be key to ensuring that children are given first consideration in the relief effort post-Dean and during the entire hurricane season. In this process, UNICEF welcomes the decision by Jamaica to postpone the school date so as to leave time for families to recover from Dean, repair damaged schools and create the best learning environment possible for children”.
UNICEF’s response is coordinated within the UN and International Development Partners’ (IDP) response to Hurricane Dean.
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