Nearly 5,000 family kits are being distributed this week. A family kit contains 14 essential items to help families survive who have lost everything including their homes. Basic clothing, utensils, a mat, bedspread and plastic sheet are among the contents. UNICEF distributed 92 metric tons of highly nutritious BP5 biscuits to 47,000 families including those located in remote areas.
More UNICEF non-food assistance is in the process of reaching the affected – 50,000 soaps and 21,000 jerry cans are in the distribution pipeline. And 70,000 children’s warm clothes, 100,000 blankets and 60,000 tarpaulins are set to arrive by mid-December before the winter chill sets in.
UNICEF is going to procure blended food to supply children and women over the next three months. The next harvest is not due until early summer.
So far, 49 Child Friendly Centres (CFC) have been established serving about 10,000 children. The CFCs has been well received by both children and parents for offering children the opportunity to play and learn. Parents also appreciate being able to focus on recovery efforts while their young children are looked after all day. Some 66 more CFCs are planned in the immediate future to respond to community needs.
Even though each CFC is planned for 200-250 children, in some places the number of children exceeded 400. Children are often seen gathering at CFCs earlier than they are expected. About 200 separated children have been located in four affected districts. UNICEF is working with the Department of Social Services to address the issues related to separated children.
UNICEF’s Education programme will supply text books and learning materials for children attending the CFCs to make up for lost school time. The ultimate goal, however, is to get the affected schools ready for children to resume their regular studies at an earliest possible time.
UNICEF remains optimistic about health issues. Major epidemics or disease outbreaks are not expected, but strong precautions are needed to ward off pneumonia and cold related diseases. The scarcity of drinking water has been largely overcome and access to tube wells re-established. This allows the focus to be shifted to restoring sanitation facilities and cleaning of ponds for general washing and cleaning purposes. UNICEF will continue the present round of relief distribution and response activities through December.
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