Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Children go back to school in Vanuatu

Pupils sit inside a UNICEF tent, being used as a temporary school
structure © UNICEF PACIFIC/2015/Sokhin
After a disturbing event like Cyclone Pam it's important to get children back to learning and playing as soon as possible. Unfortunately, many of the schools in Vanuatu were heavily damaged and will take months to rebuild. But, thanks to UNICEF's support, pupils from St Joseph's College and Vila East Primary school were able to get back to school yesterday.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Cyclone Pam affects everyone in the family

L-R. Joyleen, Nathan and Lawrence in the health clinic where they
sheltered from Cyclone Pam with five other families. © UNICEF/2015/Sohkin
Joyleen comforts her four-year-old brother Nathan in a health centre after his measles vaccination. With UNICEF support, Nathan is one of 10,000 children in Vanuatu being immunised against measles.

Vanuatu faced a life-threatening measles outbreak before the cyclone hit. The risk of disease outbreaks hitting vulnerable children is higher after disasters. To minimize risks to children, UNICEF quickly supported the Government to launch a campaign to immunise 10,000 children under the age of five years in just 10 days.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Children remember Cyclone Pam

Pierre, 6: "We don't have enough food."
© UNICEF PACIFIC/2015/Sevenier
Cyclone Pam was a terrifying experience for thousands of people in Vanuatu and has left around 82,000 children in need of humanitarian assistance. Yesterday, UNICEF launched a global appeal for funds to deliver life-saving aid to the vulnerable children affect by Cyclone Pam.

Yesterday, UNICEF's Gaelle Sevenier spoke to some children to find out about their experiences.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Cyclone Pam: first shower after the storm

Adelaide (11) and her family clean household goods damaged by Cyclone Pam
after UNICEF restored their community’s water system – at Teoumaville, Vanuatu
When UNICEF restored water to their community after Cyclone Pam, Adelaide, 11, and her family, were finally able to shower and clean up their home. The water pump system had been damaged in her community, Teoumaville, Efate. As the power was down, UNICEF provided a generator and fuel to make the system work again, allowing thousands of people access to clean drinking water and water for hygiene.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Getting life-saving supplies to those in need after Cyclone Pam

In Port Vila aiport, UNICEF and volunteer set up a logistics hub
which will get life-saving supplies to children quickly
The devastation left by Cyclone Pam has triggered a huge and complex logistical challenge to ensure life-saving supplies get to children and families in need. Kiribati, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu and Vanuatu are made up of numerous islands - Vanuatu alone has 83 - and some can take up to six days to reach. This is why UNICEF has quickly set-up storage facilities in Vanuatu to ensure supplies that enter the country can quickly get to the children who need them the most.