UNICEF's emergency relief efforts are focused primarily outside of the U.S., in countries that are less equipped to meet the basic needs of children or that are affected by conflict or natural disaster. But when Hurricane Katrina left hundreds of thousands of children along the Gulf Coast without homes and schools, UNICEF responded by sending School-in-a-Box and recreation kits to the region.
A fierce winter storm has brought freezing temperatures to Lebanon’s Bekaa valley where hundreds of thousands of displaced Syrians live. Displaced children from Syria living in flimsy makeshift tents at high altitudes have been struggling to cope - and even survive - as the winter storm Zina brought unrelenting freezing winds, heavy rains, and snow to Lebanon.
UNICEF and its NGO partners have been distributing pre-positioned winter clothes for children, blankets, tarpaulins, and high energy biscuits to 75,000 Syrian, Lebanese, and Palestine refugee children in the most affected areas. Emergency mobile health teams, alongside the continuing Mobile Medical Units have treated over 1,600 patients in the informal settlements.
U.S. Fund for UNICEF wrote -
UNICEF fights for the survival and development of all children, in all situations, all of the time. This relentless conviction has propelled UNICEF to help save more children’s lives than any other humanitarian organization. We believe in a world where there are ZERO starving children; ZERO exploited children; ZERO children denied an education, and ZERO children deprived of clean water. By joining Team UNICEF, you will help us get closer to a day when every child has a safe and healthy childhood.
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