Government of Spain provides US$680,000-plus for UNICEF’s flood emergency response
Islamabad, 9 November 2011 – New funding of Euros 500,000 (approximately US$682,130) from the Government of Spain is a much-needed boost for UNICEF’s water, sanitation and hygiene emergency response to the 2011 floods, which has affected up to 5.4 million people.
“At a time when funding for the floods response is limited and the needs of those that have returned and those left behind in temporary shelters is critical, the support of the Government of Spain comes at a very important juncture,” said Dan Rohrmann, UNICEF Pakistan Representative.
“This support will help UNICEF and partners to continue efforts for flood-affected children and families with safe water, sanitation facilities and improved hygiene. With the water receding in many places, some three-quarters of displaced people have reportedly returned, but they have found their homes, infrastructure and livelihoods damaged or destroyed. Those left behind in temporary shelters comprise mainly infants, young children, and women, as well as the elderly and disabled. With poor shelter and limited access to water and sanitation, time is of the essence to deliver relief and early recovery assistance,” said Mr Rohrmann.
UNICEF is currently providing safe water to more than 700,000 flood-affected people daily through a combination of water trucking, household water treatment and installation of hand pumps. Almost one million people have been reached with jerry cans and buckets, and close to half a million provided with hygiene kits and soap. Hygiene sessions have benefitted more than 760,000 people with key messages including the importance of handwashing at key times such as before eating and after using a toilet. In addition, 11,740 temporary latrines have been constructed in eight flood-affected districts, benefitting more than 300,000 people.
H.E. Gonzalo Quintero Saravia, Ambassador of the Embassy of Spain said: “On the occasion of the terrible floods suffered once more by the people of Pakistan, it is an honour for me, as Ambassador of Spain, to announce the ever-lasting commitment of the Spanish people to Pakistan. It is in times of hardship when concrete actions give testimony to the existence of a solid and mature friendship. I am proud of the solidarity expressed by my country through our contribution to UNICEF for the alleviation of suffering of the most vulnerable sectors of the Pakistani population."
“Children left vulnerable by the 2011 floods face tremendous risks of poor health, as well as from lack of nutrition, water and sanitation, education and child protection. At the same time, we have a unique opportunity to change the conditions of these children by investing in them and their future – something that will forever change the lives of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged,” said Mr Rohrmann.
“UNICEF is grateful to receive this generous new funding from the Government of Spain, which is extremely timely for our ability to continue to provide life-saving humanitarian assistance.”