UNICEF Mexico Ambassador Thalía highlights need to 'heal' children's psychological wounds
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Today I was able to see all the great work that the team @UNICEF does from their global emergency command center in NY. They are truly doing such amazing things to help our children in their times of need, especially now after the recent natural disasters. I'm so proud to be part of this team as the National Ambassador for @unicefmexico! Hoy visité el centro global de emergencias de @UNICEF para conocer cómo trabajan los equipos en las zonas más afectadas por desastres en todo el mundo. Allí trabajan 24 horas al día para vigilar desastres en todo el mundo y ayudar a los que más apoyo necesitan. ¡Me emocionó ver su trabajo en Mexico! ¡Qué privilegio ser embajadora de @UNICEFMexico y poder supervisar su trabajo en 193 países! Es importante recalcar que las donaciones que recibe @UNICEF ayudan a cubrir un sin fin de necesidades, como proveer hogar seguro, medicinas y agua potable a niños en zonas de crisis. Además, #UNICEF lleva "escuelas en caja", como la que pueden ver en una de las fotos, a las poblaciones más aisladas y en áreas donde las escuelas han sido destruídas. ¡Las cajas van llenas de útiles escolares para 50 niños! Las escuelas son lugares para aprender y soñar... qué dolor saber que muchos no tienen la oportunidad. #UNICEF trabaja para que cada niño tenga acceso a educación de calidad. Todo niño merece una infancia feliz y tener acceso a educación. Millones de ellos necesitan ayuda urgente. ¡Gracias anticipadas por su apoyo! www.donaunicef.org.mx . . . #unicefmexico #niñosdemexico #Terremoto #TerremotoMexico #sismo #RecemosporMexico #OremosporMexico #DiosNosBendiga #SismoCdMx #PrayforMexico
NEW YORK (September 27, 2017) – UNICEF has scaled up its humanitarian response in Latin America and the Caribbean to help children and families affected by the series of natural disasters that have devastated countries in the region.
"Children in Latin America and the Caribbean have faced several natural disasters of epic proportions in September," said Grant Leaity, UNICEF Deputy Director of Emergency Programs. "With four successive hurricanes – including Hurricane Irma, the largest ever recorded over the Atlantic – and two major earthquakes in Mexico, the past few weeks have been relentless."
In the past month, four major hurricanes – Category 3 or higher – have churned through the Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean. The four storms – Irma, Jose, Katia and Maria – caused major damage to island nations in the Caribbean, as well as continental North and Central America, devastating the lives of millions of people and leaving hundreds of thousands homeless and displaced.
Two earthquakes in Mexico, 12 days apart, caused widespread damage and destruction in Central Mexico. The region has since experienced over 4,000 aftershocks, including a 6.1 magnitude quake as recently as September 23. Up to 7 million children live in the affected areas. Thousands have been left homeless and with no access to basic services.
Across the region, UNICEF has urgently scaled up its emergency response to reach vulnerable children with protection services, water, sanitation and hygiene, health and education initiatives.
"It's absolutely vital that children who have lived through these traumatic events get the psychosocial support they need," said UNICEF Mexico Ambassador Thalía, who visited UNICEF operations center this week to learn more about UNICEF's response. "Through child-friendly spaces UNICEF is able to provide children with a safe place, to play, learn and begin to heal their psychological wounds."
In Mexico, UNICEF is working with its partners in areas affected by the earthquakes to establish temporary schools, promote school safety guidelines, train teachers in psychosocial support, and distribute education supplies and early childhood development kits to teachers and caregivers.
For children and families affected by the hurricanes, UNICEF is working with partners and local governments to provide immediate relief including access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene supplies, provision of psycho-social support for children and working to ensure children are able to get back into education as soon as possible.
UNICEF is appealing for $18.1 million to support its humanitarian response in Mexico, Cuba, the Eastern Caribbean and Haiti.