At the beginning of November, typhoon Haiyan devastated many towns and villages in the Philippines. Nearly six million children are affected. UNICEF helps and provides clean water, sanitation, medicines and nutrition as well as protection and care for the children. The Berliner Philharmoniker, chief conductor Sir Simon Rattle and pianist Lang Lang are international UNICEF Goodwill Ambassadors. On the occasion of their joint performance at this year’s New Year’s Eve Concert, they are appealing for donations in support of UNICEF’s emergency relief fund: “We are all deeply affected by the images of destruction in the Philippines, of the terrible suffering, especially of the children. Thanks to UNICEF, we all have the opportunity help them to relieve the worst distress. Please support UNICEF’s emergency relief and make a donation now.”
Many children have lost their parents or siblings as a result of typhoon Haiyan. They had to watch as their homes were destroyed. Infectious diseases threaten their lives. Together with the local authorities and partners, UNICEF has opened the first so-called “child-friendly space” at the Rizal Central School in Tacloban – a tent, where children between 3 and 15 years of age can participate in supervised play and activities. “This space – and we are about to set up many more – offers boys and girls a safe space where they can begin to come to terms with the loss of loved ones and the tremendous upheaval in their lives,” says Tomoo Hozumi, UNICEF Philippines Representative. “At the same time, they are protected here from abuse, human trafficking and exploitation.” While the children are looked after, parents are able to look for food, water and start to rebuild their homes. In addition, UNICEF provides “baby tents”, where pregnant women and nursing mothers can go for peace and privacy, or for check-ups and advice.
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