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

1159 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 2015 Scoop.co.nz   (Copyright Terms)
Updated 1159 days ago   Article ID# 1520989

United Nations Children's Fund    View Charity Profile    Visit Website

More Unite For Children News

Emergency supplies to keep Burundian children and families safe from cholera

1 hours ago From blogs.unicef.org.uk 

LONDON, U K - ...

A nurse and a family kit help save children’s lives

3 hours ago From unicef.org 

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - ...

Helping Nepal's children cope with 'immense trauma' of 7.8 earthquake

23 hours ago From latimes.com 

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - ...

King Salman humanitarian center, UNICEF begin delivering aid to Yemen, refugees

25 hours ago From aawsat.net 

LONDON, U K - ...

Children face worsening nutrition crisis as South Sudan fighting intensifies

2 days ago From unicef.org 

NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK - ...

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

<< Return To World News

Action Center

Mount Everest's glaciers may disappear by 2100 with rising emissions

Action: Climate Change

"The signal of future glacier change in the region is clear: continued and possibly accelerated mass loss from glaciers is li ...

Washington's wolves under attack -- help now

Action: Wildlife Conservation

In the past few years Washington's Department of Fish and Wildlife has acted in ways that seriously call into question the ag ...

Amazon deforestation speeding global warming

Action: Stop Deforestation

Human activity has destroyed huge swaths of the Amazon rainforest's biomass as trees are cleared to make way for pasture, soy ...

Keep California's rivers clean and clear of mining

Action: Stop Pollution

Suction dredge mining has been a scourge in California for years. This form of mining peppers rivers and streams with platoon ...

How many more oil spills will we have to see?

Action: Save Our Oceans

It's the worst kind of déjà vu: On May 19 yet another major oil spill had cleanup crews fanned out along Santa Barbara's Refu ...

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.