HOME

NEWS

CHARITIES

VOLUNTEER

ACTION CENTER

ADD CHARITY

CONTACT

SUPPORT

World Environment Community Health Animals Celebrity Submit A Site Find A Charity
Syria: UNICEF Steps Up Its Response To Affected Children

Scoop.co.nz

938 days ago   Article ID# 1520989
Original URL

 

United Nations Children's Fund

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND (Scoop.co.nz) - As the impact of the ongoing crisis in Syria ripples across the region, UNICEF has unveiled plans to address the urgent health, educational and other needs of tens of thousands of Syrian children being sheltered in surrounding countries.

The plans were announced in Geneva at the launch of a broader six-month United Nations response plan coordinated by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees.

Scarred by crisis
Speaking at the launch event, UNICEF Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa Maria Calivis pointed out that children had not been spared the violence sweeping Syria over the past year.

The UN says that at least 500 Syrian children have been killed in the violence thus far, while hundreds more have been injured, put in detention or abused. Schools have closed and health centres have shut down or become too dangerous for families to reach.

“Every day, heart-wrenching images and stories of children in Syria flash across our television screens,” said Ms. Calivis. “There can be little doubt that the vast majority of Syria’s children will be scarred by this crisis – whether physically or psychologically.”

Of the 30,000 registered refugees who have fled Syria for Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey, a large proportion are women and children.

In order to meet the critical needs of this growing population (and in addition to its work on behalf of children inside Syria itself), UNICEF is mobilizing its resources, with particular focus on education, child protection, and water and sanitation.

“We are building on our existing network of governmental and NGO partners to reach not only the families living in camps but those who are being hosted in local communities,” said Ms. Calivis.

Care for displaced children
One key element is ensuring that Syrian children can continue their schooling in the countries that are hosting them. Additional educational, recreational and cultural activities are being organized, while children suffering psychosocial distress will receive the support they need.

UNICEF and its partners will set up child-friendly spaces – in schools and in other settings – designed to allow teachers, caregivers and social workers the opportunity to identify children needing additional psychosocial care, and to provide the venue for a range of activities to help children come to terms with their experiences.

Assessments of water and sanitation conditions will be carried out in areas sheltering displaced Syrians, and hygiene kits will be provided to newly arrived families. ‘Better parenting’ programmes will be organized to help displaced families ensure that the health and nutrition needs of young children are properly met.

To carry out these activities, UNICEF is appealing for $7.4 million in funding.

Copyright 2014 Scoop.co.nz   (Copyright Terms)
Updated 938 days ago   Article ID# 1520989

United Nations Children's Fund    View Charity Profile    Visit Website

More Unite For Children News

The rise of the selfie has stopped charity being selfless

2 days ago From independent.ie 

DUBLIN, U K - ...

#Wakeupcall Is Latest Selfie Charity Craze

13 days ago From news.sky.com 

- ...

Olivia Wilde Gets On Her Bike For Charity

28 days ago From contactmusic.com 

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - ...

GSMA Collaborates with UNICEF on Child Online Protection in Latin America and the Caribbean

54 days ago From Broadway World  

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - The GSMA today announced its collaboration with the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) to promote industry guidelines to safeguard children ...

UNICEF, RUWASA partner on emergency response

63 days ago From Nigerian Tribune  

NIGERIA - The Ogun State Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Agency (RUWASA), in collaboration with the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) organised a ...

Go to page:   1    2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9  10  Next >> 

<< Return To World News

Action Center

2014 on track to be hottest year on record, says US science agency

Action: Climate Change

The world is on course for this to be the hottest year ever, with global land and sea temperatures for September the highest ...

Three Caught With Wild Animal Skins

Action: Wildlife Conservation

Two Namibian men and a Chinese national appeared in the Otjiwarongo Magistrate's Court on Friday for dealing and/or possessio ...

Amazon deforestation picking up pace, satellite data reveals

Action: Stop Deforestation

The deforestation of the Brazilian Amazon has accelerated rapidly in the past two months, underscoring the shortcomings of th ...

Coal mine has heavy impact in Indonesian Borneo

Action: Stop Pollution

Baharuddin should be happy. The rambutan and durian trees flanking his home are heavy with fruit. Two hectares of chilies str ...

Decades of overfishing causes swordfish decline

Action: Save Our Oceans

Overfishing has caused swordfish numbers to decline considerably since the 1980s and the population is now 70 percent lower t ...

View All Actions >>

 

 

Charities

News

Follow Us

Support

Find A Charity

Action Center

World

Community

Facebook

Twitter Support

Contact

Volunteer

Add A Site

Environment

Animals

Google+

Privacy Policy

Copyright

 

 

Health

Celebrity

Terms of Service

Copyright © The Charity Vault All rights reserved.