Life-saving Essentials Reach Typhoon-Affected Children

UNICEF’s on-going emergency assistance is made possible through the generosity of its supporters

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Children of the coastal community of Bgy. Cabcab, San Andres, Catanduanes
UNICEF Philippines/2020/Jacques Gimeno
01 December 2020

Over the past month, thousands of children’s lives have been disrupted by the series of destructive typhoons that hit the Philippines amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

Just ten days after Super Typhoon Rolly (international name: Goni) – the strongest typhoon of the year, to date – left a trail of devastation in Southern Luzon that affected an estimated 700,000 children, Typhoon Ulysses (international name: Vamco) struck the country, yet again, causing major floods across Luzon that drove thousands more families to evacuate from their homes to seek safety.

Learning modules and teaching manuals after Typhoons Rolly and Ulysses destroyed a school in Catanduanes
UNICEF Philippines/2020/Jacques Gimeno
Teachers and school maintenance staff try to save some learning modules and teaching manuals after Typhoons Rolly and Ulysses destroyed their school.

UNICEF joined the assessment mission and revealed concerns for children's health & nutrition, education, child protection, and access to clean water, proper sanitation, and good hygiene.

On 25 November, UNICEF revised its Super Typhoon Rolly (Goni) appeal to include the Typhoon Ulysses (Vamco) response amounting to PhP250 million.

UNICEF's Child-Friendly Space Kits delivered to Albay
PSWDO Albay/2020
Children in Albay received child-friendly space kits containing tents, toys and foam mats to help them recover, play and be children again.

UNICEF has received PhP115 million so far from the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) and from individual donors, including PhP23.1 million in supplies.

As of 27 November, around PhP6 million (US$132,000) in supplies that stand to benefit around 9,000 people have been received by children and families. These include hygiene kits, water quality testing equipment, generator, electrical pumps, latrines, water purification tablets, teachers & learners kits containing notebooks, crayons, blackboard & chalk, and child friendly space kits containing tents, toys and foam mats.

As of 27 November, around PhP6 million (US$132,000) in supplies that stand to benefit around 9,000 people have been received by children and families.

UNICEF's School-in-a-Box Kits were delivered to Albay, containing school supplies such as notebooks, crayons, pens, blackboard, chalk and educational posters.
DepEd Region V/2020
Teachers and learners’ kits help children continue their education and regain a sense of normalcy. These kits contain school supplies such as notebooks, crayons, pens, blackboard, chalk and educational posters.

Upon receiving additional requests from partners and local governments, UNICEF is also delivering water tanks & bladders, water quality monitoring supplies, water purification tablets, hygiene kits, tarpaulins, oral rehydration salts, ready-to-use therapeutic food (RUTF), face masks, face shields, and tents for children and families affected by Typhoon Ulysses (Vamco) in Quezon, Rizal, Laguna and Tuguegarao.

UNICEF delivers child-friendly space kits containing tents, toys and foam mats to Albay
PSWDO Albay/2020
Children in Albay received child-friendly space kits containing tents, toys and foam mats to help them recover, play and be children again.

“During emergencies, children are the most vulnerable. We thank those who have given their time, effort and resources to ease the suffering of children affected by the typhoons and the COVID-19 pandemic. Our work is far from over,” Ms. Oyunsaikhan Dendevnorov, UNICEF Philippines Representative, says.

Residents of Bgy. Tubaon, Virac, Catanduanes receive jerry cans and other supplies from UNICEF
UNICEF Philippines/2020/Iris Lapid
Residents of Bgy. Tubaon, Virac, Catanduanes receive jerry cans supplied by UNICEF Philippines and distributed by the Regional Department of Health of Catanduanes.

UNICEF is calling for urgent support to fill the PhP135 million funding shortfall to augment prepositioned supplies and respond to the dangers continuously being faced by children, especially in preparation for weather disturbances forecasted until the end of 2020.

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