5500 hygiene products for the families and children who were left without their home

Unilever and UNICEF helping families affected by Earthquake

20 April 2020
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Zagreb, April 20, 2020 – More than 500 Zagreb residents have found temporary accommodation at the student dorm “Cvjetno naselje” because they were unable to stay in their apartments and houses that suffered serious damage in the severe earthquake, which struck Zagreb on Sunday, March 22nd. For these families and children UNICEF has prepared 5500 hygiene supplies that will be distributed to them in cooperation with the Red Cross. In addition to people housed in the student dorm, UNICEF will also deliver donations to socially deprived families living in Markuševac and Čučerje areas whose homes have also been significantly damaged in the earthquake.

The donation was given by the Unilever company and it is worth 90,000 HRK. The donation package for each family includes personal hygiene products (towels, shampoos, liquid soaps, shower gels, toothpastes, toothbrushes, body creams) and cleaning products.


Regina M. Castillo, Representative of the UNICEF Office for Croatia, said: “Families and children who have become homeless overnight are in a particularly difficult situation. Besides the enormous problems we are all currently facing as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, these citizens must deal with additional emotional and financial trauma. For them, any kind of help is more than welcome. Immediately after the earthquake, UNICEF announced via different channels timely and accurate guidelines from the relevant services to prevent the spread of misinformation. Thanks to Unilever through this donation we strive to ease the difficult everyday life of especially disadvantaged and vulnerable families and we look forward to the opportunity to do more."


At the national level, UNICEF has launched the campaign “Together against coronavirus”. With the support of partners and donors, UNICEF will continue to procure the priority protective and medical equipment (suits, masks, gloves, respirators) necessary to save lives in the fight against the pandemic.  

Donations will ensure:

  • Procurement of respirators and medical equipment for the most vulnerable patients
  • Procurement of protective equipment (protective suits, FFP2 and FFP3 masks, gloves and more) for healthcare professionals and professionals working within social welfare system
  • Procurement of disinfectants and hygiene supplies
  • Support to online education
  • Providing psychosocial assistance to the most vulnerable children and their families
  • Contribution to preventing the negative effects of misinformation and fake news and preventing online violence.


Donations could be made:

  • via direct payment to UNICEF’s bank account:



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