The Government of Japan has pledged US$ 650,000 for Myanmar
Tokyo, Japan 18 August 2015
Tokyo, Japan 18 August 2015 – The Government of Japan has pledged US$ 650,000 to UNICEF to assist children and families severely affected by the floods in Myanmar.
Through this generous contribution from the Government of Japan, UNICEF in partnership with the Government of Myanmar and humanitarian partners provides safe drinking water, improved sanitation facilities, and quality education for vulnerable communities hardest hit by the floods.
For 25,000 vulnerable community members in Ayeyarwaddy region, the organization provides supports including the emergency rehabilitation of essential water supplies, and the repair of WASH facilities such as toilets and handwashing equipment in schools and health centres. In education sector, UNICEF is actively engaging with the government and other partners to swiftly launch joint initial assessments so that we can start restoring access to basic education services as soon as possible. UNICEF will ensure 6,900 children (50% of which are girls) aged 5-11 years have continuous access to safe education services.
Children and families in Myanmar have been suffering the devastation brought by floods after weeks of monsoon rains, exacerbated by cyclone. As of 11 August, the floods have killed at least 103 and have affected more than 1.1 million people across the country, among them nearly 390,000 children. The flooding has hit children and families the hardest who are already among the most vulnerable in the country even before the disaster.