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Dell donates Baht 10M to support UNICEF emergency relief and recovery efforts

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Dell Corporation (Thailand) Managing Director, Mr. Anothai Wettayakorn (left), presents donation to UNICEF Thailand Representative, Mr. Tomoo Hozumi (right) at UNICEF Thailand office in Bangkok.

BANGKOK, 23 November 2011 – Dell Corporation has donated 10.7 million baht (US$ 350,000) to support UNICEF emergency relief and post-flood recovery efforts for affected children and families in Thailand, the organization said today.

“This generous donation from Dell is very timely and much welcomed” said UNICEF Thailand Representative Tomoo Hozumi. “As UNICEF works to provide assistance to children and families affected by floods, the support of corporate partners like Dell is crucial.” 

An unusually severe monsoon season resulted in Thailand’s worst flooding in more than 50 years. Parts of 17 provinces are still inundated by floodwaters, and nearly five million people, including 1.4 million children, remain affected.

Dell, a multinational technology corporation, has been supporting UNICEF emergency operations globally since 2009, and provided major funding support for the UNICEF emergency response to the Haiti earthquake and the Pakistan floods in 2010. The company is also working with UNICEF to promote education and technology skills for vulnerable children in Morocco.

The Baht 10.7 million donation from Dell will be used in Thailand to support UNICEF’s flood response and recovery activities in the areas of education, health, water supply and sanitation, hygiene promotion and child protection. UNICEF has initially budgeted 37 million baht (US$1.2 million) to provide emergency relief and recovery assistance to flood-affected children and families.  

“The livelihood of the people in Thailand has been dramatically impacted by the floods and we are reaching out to help them with this contribution,” said Mr. Anothai Wettayakorn, Managing Director, Dell Corporation (Thailand) and General Manager for Indochina. “Our thoughts are with everyone affected, including our employees and our customers. Dell has always been a strong believer of community giving and we hope that our donation to UNICEF will help people in Thailand to rebuild their lives.”

With floodwater receding and schools reopening in some provinces, in the coming weeks UNICEF assistance will focus on restarting classes for children. UNICEF will be distributing 2,500 “school in a box” kits to some 1,000 schools that were severely damaged by the floods. Each kit contains essential teaching and learning items, such as notebooks, pencils, markers and posters, which will be used to get children back to learning in temporary locations while their schools are being repaired and refurbished.

To date, the UNICEF response has included: 
• more than 350,000 water, sanitation and hygiene items. such as bars of soaps, chlorine drops for water purification, hand-wash gel and garbage bags;
• printing and distributing to flood-affected families 320,000 pamphlets with information on how parents can protect the health and well-being of their children during floods and other emergencies;
• distribution of  20,000 insecticide-treated mosquito nets to protect children and their families from dengue fever and other mosquito-borne diseases;
• setting up “child friendly spaces” areas at evacuation centres where children can safely play and take part in educational and psychosocial activities;
• training government and NGO staff working on how to better protect against child separation, exploitation and abuse during emergencies. 

For further information, please contact:
Mark Thomas, mthomas@unicef.org, (66) 81 172 9902, (66) 02 356 9481
Nattha Keenapan, nkeenapan@unicef.org, (66) 86 616 7555
Busakorn Srisongkhroh, APPR Media Co., Ltd, busakorn@apprmedia.com, (66) 81 911 0931

About UNICEF
UNICEF has been working to help children in Thailand survive and thrive, from early childhood through adolescence, for more than 63 years.  UNICEF is on the ground in over 190 countries around the world and is the world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries. We support child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS.  UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments.

For more information about UNICEF and its work in Thailand visit: www.unicef.or.th

Visit us on facebook.com/unicefthailand and twitter.com/unicef_thailand


 

 

 
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