Japan provides assistance to population most affected by Storms Eta and Iota
Humanitarian response focused on improvements of WASH services
Tropical Storms ETA and IOTA affected approximately 1.7 million children and adolescents in Honduras, thousands of families were evacuated from their homes by boat and others remained on the roofs of their homes. The community of Bonitillo, La Ceiba was one of the most affected.
Mrs. Olga recalls how she lost all her fruit crops, which were her source of income. The strong winds blew away her kitchen and water flooded her house. “A bar of soap costs 22 lempiras (nearly 1 US dollar), but we no longer buy that since food is our priority. The support received through the hygiene kits (containing soap for washing clothes and soap for personal hygiene) has been very good.”
In response, UNICEF with support of the Government of Japan, has focused on providing humanitarian assistance to the most vulnerable people that were in shelters and communities affected by the storms, through the provision of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) services such as potable water for drinking, improvements to hygiene and sanitation infrastructure for gender-segregated use, WASH supplies and services (including hygiene kits, cleaning and reconstruction) and training with risk communication messages on healthy hygiene habits.
“I feel very satisfied with the help I have received, since it has been very useful in my house. There were many things that I could not buy due to lack of income, because when I returned home everything was in ruins, I did not know what to do.”
UNICEF highlights the cooperation of the Government of Japan, its support has made it possible to reach the families most affected by the hurricanes and to help communities not only recover the damaged WASH infrastructure, but also develop skills and organizational capacities that will allow them to be prepared for other similar emergency situations in the future.
"Something I like is that I have received visits to my home for training in water treatment methods, home hygiene, handwashing, personal hygiene and the use of masks for the prevention of COVID-19."
UNICEF, with support of the Government of Japan, worked with the Municipal Emergency Committee (CODEM), implementing partners Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA), Pure Water for the World (PWW), the municipalities of La Ceiba in Atlántida and La Arada in Santa Bárbara, and other strategic allies to provide a timely humanitarian response that reached the most vulnerable population in 16 municipalities and supporting more than 17,700 girls, boys, men and women.