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Students of Dawood Public School in Karachi raise funds for Haitian Earthquake Survivors

© UNICEF/Pakistan 2010
Students of Dawood Public School, Karachi with Andro Shilakadze, Chief Field Officer, UNICEF Sindh

KARACHI, 2 February 2010 – The students of Dawood Public School of Karachi gave $3000 to UNICEF for the Haiti survivors. While presenting the cheque, Soha and Jannad, grade 10 students, said that the students of their school held a series of bake sales to raise money for Haitians. They hoped the money will be used to buy water, food and medical supplies. Reminiscing over the devastating 2005 earthquake in Pakistan, Soha said, “Our hearts go out to Haitian, may they recover their spirits and homes quickly”.

The donations received in the country offices are directed to Haiti via UNICEF HQ in New York. UNICEF is seeking approximately $120 million for its work as part of the humanitarian relief efforts. Given that nearly 50 per cent of Haiti's population is under the age of 18, UNICEF has a particularly critical role to play.

UNICEF and its partners are conducting intensive relief operations in Haiti, in the aftermath of the 12 January 2010 earthquake that devastated Port-au-Prince and other densely populated areas.

Assistance to unaccompanied children, who have lost or became separated from their families, is a focus of UNICEF's response in Haiti.

While it continues daily delivery of critical life-saving supplies such as water, nutrition, shelter and medicine (so far, UNICEF supplies for 250,000 children have arrived and are being distributed), UNICEF and partners like Save the Children have also begun registering unaccompanied children found in the streets of  Port au Prince. A programme will then begin to trace the families of these children, if they exist.

"Safe Spaces" for unaccompanied children including infants are now set up in the capital. These locations allow UNICEF and its partners to assist and protect children who have nowhere else to go, until their families are found or alternative arrangements are made.

UNICEF is on the ground in over 150 countries and territories to help children survive and thrive, from early childhood through adolescence. The world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports 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. In Pakistan and elsewhere, it has provided vital relief and reconstruction support to help individuals rebuild their lives after emergencies. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments.

For more information, please contact the UNICEF's Communication Office:
Zohra Hunzai, UNICEF Karachi, Mobile: 0333 3448425,
Raabya Amjad, UNICEF Karachi, Mobile: 0300-5202554,



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