HONG KONG, 29 April 2015 — Five days after the most severe earthquake struck Nepal in the past eight decades, UNICEF and international partners are racing against time to save vulnerable children and their families before the monsoon season typically begins in mid-June – a serious adverse impact on the affected is foreseeable. Millions of people spent days outdoor already. 200 UNICEF staff are on the ground to support the relief work with focuses on shelter and water sanitation which have been identified as some of the most pressing needs. More public donation is required to meet the evolving need.
Administering shelter for vulnerable women and children is UNICEF’s top priority. We are distributing tents to families and also to hospitals where thousands of people are waiting to be treated. Post-earthquake disease outbreak is another looming concern; UNICEF will continue our effort on providing access of clean water to prevent diseases like diarrhea. More tents, tarpaulins, Measles Rubella vaccines as well as emergency medical kits are being procured offshore to support this mission through UNICEF Supply Division located at Copenhagen. Those supplies would help stave off water-bound diseases for affected families.
Ms Judy Chen, Chairman of the Hong Kong Committee for UNICEF (UNICEF HK) calls for public donations to support UNICEF’s emergency relief operation in Nepal, “It has been five days after the tragedy, children continue to sleep outdoor. Increased anxiety and fears are common among children who experienced earthquake in such size. They need a proper shelter. A proper shelter can help rebuild the traumatized children’s sense of security. UNICEF HK has raised over HK$3 million for the mission. Much more support is needed. Join us now to protect Nepali children against the trauma.”
To help children and families affected by the earthquake in Nepal, please make online donation at unicef.org.hk/donate.
Donation for Nepal Earthquake
Bank of China: 012-875-0-021868-3
Wing Lung Bank: 020-601-003-7634-8
Bank of East Asia: 015-260-81-012100
(In the unusual event that donations for Nepal Earthquake exceed the needs, we will direct your gift to disaster or emergency relief actions elsewhere.)
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