By Maher Ghafari
Meet Maher. Maher is in Syria and for almost two years he has led UNICEF’s water, sanitation and hygiene work in Aleppo. The lives of millions of people in Aleppo and beyond depend on him and his team.
This week, we sat down with Maher and asked him what it’s like to work in Aleppo and to provide water and sanitation in a city under fire.
What is it like working in Aleppo?
On August 15th, a strong storm accompanied by heavy rains hit Laayoune Camp, one of the 5 Sahrawi refugees’ camps near the city of Tindouf in South-Western Algeria. The storm affected the refugee population, of which 70-80% are children and women. 11 people were injured by collapsing houses and taken to hospital.
UN agencies led by UNHCR conducted a rapid assessment on 16-17 August, in collaboration with the NGOs, and coordinated with the Sahrawi Red Crescent.
By: Aicha Chir Nou
World Humanitarian Day, on August 19, celebrates the spirit of sharing our common humanity.
In Daresalam refugee camp in the Lake region of Chad, Jonathan dreams of his previous life, and recalls how he was abruptly forced to leave it behind.
UNICEF delivers 430 family hygiene kits and $35,000USD to the Government of Belize for humanitarian assistance.
All shelters were closed on Friday, 12 August 2016 so there are no remaining people in shelters but many families are placed in temporary homes, rent free, for 2-3 months.
UNICEF Belize along with PAHO/WHO continues to strengthen the WASH coordination mechanisms and is in close communication with the government and other partners to identify potential areas of support.
1 Executive Summary
The WASH Cluster objective during the response to the El-Niño induced flood crisis in Ethiopia is to provide access to safe water and appropriate sanitation facilities, including dissemination of hygiene messages to flood affected communities. This objective will contribute to a measurable improvement in WASH-related morbidity and mortality among the affected population through the efficient, effective and timely implementation of emergency WASH and related early recovery programmes.
UNICEF is leading the initiative for a proper water use, hygiene, and vector control campaign for official shelters and spontaneous sites. This initiative is coordinated among NGOs, Ministry of Health, National Police, the local cluster and local authorities, targeting more than 10,000 beneficiaries.
Water supply continues to be a large focus of UNICEF support. With the rehabilitation of pipes and the installation of a water pumping system in Cojimíes, more than 600 families will have access to safe water in the following weeks.
According to the Government, approximately 10,000 people have lost their homes and require humanitarian assistance • 164 people remain in shelters, almost half are in Belize City.
Water systems are being restored, however, some rural areas in the Belize district are operating with generators due to lack of electricity.
Flooding remains a concern in many areas such as the Cayo District and Belize River Valley as rivers and dams remain at high levels.
35,754 children (aged 5-17) (boys/girls) are enrolled in formal education (primary or secondary)
A. Sommaire exécutif
L’évaluation menée dans le Logone et Chari a retenu comme principales conclusions les éléments suivants :
• 58% du total de la population du Logone et Chari est affectée par la crise
• L’assistance humanitaire apportée est insuffisante et ne couvre pas toutes les zones affectées
• La santé est citée comme priorité principale dans les 10 arrondissements du département
104,282 children accessing TLS, rehabilitated schools or pre-fab classrooms
= 12 % of target (855,000)
255,558 children benefitting from education supplies or learning materials
= 42 % of target (615,000)
3,641 teachers trained on psychosocial support or pedagogy
= 44 % of target (8,300)
51,972 children enrolled in non-formal education
= 43 % of target (120,000)
By Eliane Luthi
When children are charged with criminal offenses in Burundi, many are sent to prisons where they are incarcerated alongside adults. The experience can be horrific and traumatic. But with the establishment of re-education centres in the country, these adolescents can stay in a safe space where they are offered counselling, learning opportunities, and even legal services for their ongoing cases.
RUMONGE, Burundi, 28 July 2016 – “Before, we used to play drums for the kings,” says Yves*, 17. “It’s a big part of Burundian culture.”
403,600 people affected
296,000 people displaced
US1.7M for life-saving & recovery needs of vulnerable children and women
• June witnessed a significant escalation of conflict across Syria and the subsequent pattern of new and deepening humanitarian needs could continue and even intensify through July unless Geneva talks regain traction.
• In Syria in June UNICEF reached around 96,690 people in seven besieged areas and more than 279,600 people in 38 hard-to-reach locations with life-saving and critical services.
• The cross-border round of the nation-wide immunization campaign is ongoing in Syria and as of June reached around 722,000 children.
• 175,000 people were reached with information on immediate vector control and individual protection through the Zika Campaign launched in Guayaquil July 14th by the MoH in close collaboration with UNICEF and PAHO/WHO.
• School year formally began on July 4th; during the first week more than 6,330 children attended classes in the temporary education and protection spaces established by UNICEF and its partners, while the Ministry of Education started to phase out these temporary spaces and bring the pre-fabricated schools online.
June saw the highest number of civilian casualties (including children) in the conflict area of eastern Ukraine since August 2015. UNICEF’s best result in June was with regard to access to education for children in eastern Ukraine, with one project rehabilitating schools finalized, and a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed with the authorities in Dnipropetrovsk and Donetsk oblasts. On 2 June, UNICEF delivered 4.9metric tonnes of antiretroviral drugs and HIV kits for distribution in Donetsk and Luhansk non-government controlled areas.
407 School-in-a-Box kits have been distributed to strengthen capacities of 120 teachers and provide school supplies to 16,280 children and adolescents.
WASH survey in rural areas are being implemented, to provide baseline information assessment for the most affected canton, Jama, covering 56 communities and 38 schools.
About 1,500 children under 5 years have received support for adequate protection, promotion and support of appropriate infant and young child feeding in emergencies (IYCF).
The quarterly dashboard summarizes the progress made by partners involved in the Lebanon Crisis Response and highlights trends aecting people in need.