Children are the most vulnerable when an emergency hits. A child is more likely to be malnourished, get sick, be exploited or suffer psychological pain during a natural disaster or conflict.
The European Union and UNICEF are on the ground for children before, during and after a crisis. We know that, with care and support, every child can survive and grow up to reach their full potential.
Each one of us can make a difference for children. You can help tell their story.
A young boy sleeps soundly in the EU-UNICEF supported Mother and Baby tent in Tacloban, the Philippines. Here mothers learn how to keep their children healthy and nourished. It is also a safe space where they can talk openly about the pain they experienced when a super typhoon devastated their homes last year.
Seven months on, despite challenges, there are promising signs of recovery across the affected regions – thanks to the massive outpouring of global support, combined with the remarkable resilience of the affected Filipino population.
With the help of the EU, UNICEF has immunised more than 80,000 children, helped a million people with access to safe water, reached 25,000 children with the psychological support they needed and restored 18,000 classrooms so children could return to school.
Our focus is on restoring essential social services and building back better to help create more resilient communities – ones where children will be safe in future emergencies.
UNICEF Ireland promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do. Working in 190 countries and territories, UNICEF focuses on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments www.unicef.ie
The European Union is the world's biggest donor of humanitarian aid. The European Community Humanitarian Office (ECHO) is responsible for this life-saving work and supports UNICEF’s response to humanitarian situations in 33 countries, delivering results for children in some of the most challenging environments in the world http://ec.europa.eu/echo