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Flood appeal: please donate to UNICEF to help children affected by floods

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A child is about to have her bath an at evacuation centre in Bangkok. Concerns have been raised on sanitation due to contaminated floodwater on the ground floor at evacuation centre.

Hundreds of thousands of children in Thailand are in desperate need of your help. Some have lost their homes, their belongings and their loved ones and are now forced to live in evacuation centres, on the roofs of their homes and on the street.

Tragically, many children have already lost their lives in the devastating floodwaters, which have now swept across more than one-fifth of our country.

As the worst flooding in more than 50 years continues to take a terrible human toll, UNICEF is rushing essential humanitarian assistance to affected children and their families. To date, we have:

• Provided 27,000 bottles of chlorine drops, each of which can be used to purify 2,000 litres of water, and another 7,000 bottles of liquid soaps to help prevent the spread of communicable diseases.

• Provided 20,000 insecticide-treated mosquito nets to protect children and families evacuated to shelters and living in flood-ravaged areas from dengue fever and other mosquito-borne diseases.

• Supported the establishment of 40 “Child Friendly Spaces” at evacuation centres that are providing children a safe place for recreation and psychosocial activities.

• Trained government and NGO staff and volunteers at evacuation centres on how to better protect children through improved registration and safety procedures and prevention of child separation, abuse and exploitation.

• Distributed 20,000 pamphlets to families in flood-affected areas with information on simple, low-cost actions to take protect the health and well-being of children during floods and other emergencies.

To help children and their families struggle through this crisis and carry on with their lives as the floodwaters recede, UNICEF needs to immediately raise at least another Baht 36 million. These funds will allow UNICEF to:

• Support the restart of classes at at least 1,000 schools severely damaged by flooding through the supply of 2,500 kits of “School in a Box”. Each kit contains essential learning and teaching materials, such as notebooks, pencils, markers and posters for up to 40 students. These supplies will be used to get children back to learning in temporary settings as their schools are repaired and refurbished.

• Provide more than 350,000 items of water, sanitation and hygiene items, including bars of soap, liquid soap for bathing and alcohol gel for hand sanitizing after bathroom use, chlorine drops and garbage bags to affected families to help prevent the spread of communicable diseases.

• Ensure psychosocial support for children suffering from stress and depression due to their experiences during the floods.

• Print and disseminate another 300,000 pamphlets on how to protect children during floods and other emergencies. The pamphlets will be distributed via the village health volunteer network.

There is no other time when so many children in Thailand have so urgently needed your help and protection. Please respond today by giving whatever you can. Together we can help both our children and our country recover from this terrible disaster.

Please click the link below if you wish to donate to help flood-affected children:

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