29 April 2022

The Love of Family: Surviving Double Loss in the Wake of COVID-19

Being the only female in a household of four, and at such a young age as Hayfa, who was only 11 when she lost her mother to COVID-19, is not something many children experience. On top of that, she has to endure not seeing her father for two to three weeks at a time, as he works at a construction site far from their home. Hayfa and her two older…, The Love of Family, Hayfa draws with her brother Charis. Hayfa draws with her brother Charis. Amid all the hardship, Hayfa is fortunate to have the love and strength of family, especially when her father is away. Apart from her two doting brothers, Hayfa finds much solace and companionship in her relatives, who all happen to live nearby, including her grandparents…, A Double Loss, Faishal with his two younger brothers Zahra and Satio outside their home in Botoran Village, East Java Province. Faishal with his two younger brothers Zahra and Satio outside their home in Botoran Village, East Java Province. Like Hayfa, Faishal knows a thing or two about losing his parents to both work and COVID-19. At eleven years of age, he has…, A Safe and Friendly Environment for Children, For all the support of family and community, Hayfa and Faishal are not yet entered into the Ministry of Social Affairs’ database for social protection. Despite help from the neighbours, the mosque and the local orphanage, their families need cash, basic food, health care and educational funding on a regular basis.  To this end, UNICEF is working…, How You Can Help, Thanks to the generous contributions of individual donors, UNICEF has been able to work with social workers, women empowerment and child protection officials, schools, health and community centres and caregivers across Indonesia to help alleviate the vulnerability and improve the well-being of children orphaned by COVID-19. With increased capacity…