Unicef’s family hygiene kits are benefiting residents of Pilar in Siargao, one of the municipalities hardest hit by Typhoon Odette and (insert) new funding from Japan is enabling Unicef to help children like Marian recover from the impact of the typhoon.
The Government of Japan has donated $1.6 million to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Philippines to help children affected by Typhoon Odette. An estimated one million children are in need of humanitarian assistance in the worst affected areas, including the Caraga region in Mindanao and Region 8 in the Visayas.
UNICEF Philippines welcomes this new funding as it calls on donors to complete the $11.48 million needed to reach some of the most affected children. UNICEF has so far sent life-saving supplies such as water purification tablets, hygiene kits, jerry cans, tents, water storage units, school supplies and nutritional products which are part of its emergency stock.
“We thank the people of Japan for their unwavering support for Filipino children and their families. Their generous contribution will enable Unicef to reach affected children and families as they begin to rebuild their lives,” said UNICEF’s representative in the Philippines, Oyunsaikhan Dendevnorov, in a statement.
The Government of Japan is one of Unicef Philippines’ longest and most active partners. At the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, Japan gave Unicef $730,000 to provide essential supplies, training and information outreach efforts. This was followed by $3.9 million to support vaccination against Covid-19 with cold chain improvements and capacity building of health personnel on cold chain management.
Japan has also contributed to helping children recover from emergencies and conflicts by sending assistance to conflict-affected children in Marawi, supporting disengaged children from the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, and expanding early learning and coverage of water, sanitation and hygiene (Wash) for Children Bangsamoro.
“The Japanese Ambassador, Koshikawa Kazuhiko, is grateful to Unicef for adding this initiative to its development cooperation compendium, to always ensure that every child is safe and that their basic needs are met. With decades of proven cooperation over time in difficult situations, especially in the Philippines, Japan and Unicef are keeping their promise to work for the children and their families affected by Typhoon Odette. Japan’s $1.6 million aid may not be enough, but hopes to help bring smiles back to affected children. Rest assured that strong ties will remain abiding between Japan and the Philippines,” the statement added.
Japan’s assistance to children affected by Typhoon Odette is expected to benefit approximately 51,000 people and will focus on Wash. These include increasing access to clean water and sanitation facilities (latrines, handwashing facilities), distributing water and hygiene supplies, and promoting health and safety practices. hygiene, including infection, prevention and control of Covid-19 (IPC).