For 2 days Lisa, her mother and sister on the grass under the sky. "It was so cold at night, Lisa kept crying”

On 11 October 2018, UNICEF launched a combined emergency and recovery appeal to meet the urgent humanitarian needs of children in the aftermath of the Sulawesi and Lombok disasters over a period of 6 months. The funds will help provide water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), health, nutrition, education and child protection services for an estimated 475,000 children, as part of the response led by the Government of Indonesia. 

It is estimated that 1.5 million people have been affected by a tsunami triggered by a 7.4 magnitude earthquake off the coast of Sulawesi on 28 September. As of 9 October, 2,010 people are confirmed dead, 10,700 people seriously injured and 671 people still missing. In Lombok, following a series of destructive earthquakes in August, more than 340,000 people are still displaced and living in 2,800 camps. UNICEF is seeking US$26.6 million to support 1.4 million people access services for WASH, child protection, education, health, and infant nutrition in Central Sulawesi and Lombok.

Around 83,000 people are displaced in Central Sulawesi and some 500,000 people urgently need access to water and sanitation services. Prior to this disaster, Palu, the main urban centre had a low immunization coverage at 49 per cent, and a wasting and stunting prevalence of 12.5 and 36.1 per cent respectively. Central Sulawesi also has one of the lowest rates of sanitation in Indonesia.

These vulnerabilities exacerbate the risk of disease outbreaks for thousands of children. Many of the 2,700 schools in the region could also be affected and the education of 270,000 children could therefore be in jeopardy.

As part of its emergency response, UNICEF and partners will be providing water and sanitation services for displaced populations, complemented by hygiene promotion; UNICEF will also help with the resumption of health and nutrition services and will be

Sulawesi Earthquake & Tsunami: Sulawesi Earthquake & Tsunami: One month on from the disaster, thousands of children still homeless, out-of-school and in need of humanitarian support.

© UNICEF/UN0250103/Veska PALU, Indonesia, 26 October 2018 – Almost one month after a deadly earthquake and tsunami struck Palu and the surrounding areas of the northwestern part of Sulawesi, Indonesia, an estimated 375,000 children remain in need of lifesaving supplies and services. Over 2,000 people were killed by the earthquake, tsunami, and subsequent landslides and […]

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UNICEF HK unveils “The Illumination of Love and Philanthropy” a charity art exhibition, inspiring unconditional love for every child

Hong Kong, 19 October 2018 – Hong Kong Committee for UNICEF (UNICEF HK) proudly presents The Illumination of Love and Philanthropy, a charity art exhibition that will inspire the public on the value of unconditional love for our next generation, our children. This is a celebration on the contributions of philanthropists and celebrities, a showcase of their […]

UNICEF continues its humanitarian works for the Indonesian Earthquake and Tsunami

© UNICEF/UN0245810/Wilander According to Indonesia’s national disaster agency, the death toll from the double disaster in Central Sulawesi has risen to 2,045, as of 10 October, with most of the fatalities in Palu. It is estimated that 1.5 million people have been affected. A team of UNICEF staff are on-site in affected areas, supporting the […]


© UNICEF/UN0239947/ In the aftermath of the deadly disaster, UNICEF is working with the local authorities in Indonesia to carry out humanitarian works as follows: The Hong Kong Committee for UNICEF (UNICEF HK) is calling on Hong Kong people to support our relief work to help the affected children and their families in Sulawesi. Ms […]