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UNICEF seeks Lanka's help

2013 Nov 12

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in Sri Lanka has expressed its concern for children and families affected by Super Typhoon Haiyan (local name Yolanda) in the Philippines and calls on all Sri Lankans to show their solidarity with the children and families who have suffered from the disaster. The disaster has affected an estimated 9.8 million people. At least half of them are children.

UNICEF is deeply concerned on the disaster’s impact on children’s health and well-being. The Philippines has had more than its share of disasters this year. Haiyan is the third major disaster just in the span of two months, following closely the armed conflict in Zamboanga in September and the Bohol earthquake in mid-October.

UNICEF Sri Lanka has joined hands with the rest of the world in the emergency response efforts to the Philippines. “We want to help all children everywhere”, said UNICEF Sri Lanka Representative, Una McCauley.

The UNICEF Sri Lanka Staff Association is helping to raise funds for the victims “We invite all Sri Lankans to join hands with us to help those who have been greatly affected” said the UNICEF Sri Lanka Staff Association Vice-Chairperson, Shalini Fernando.

Children affected by Super Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda urgently need access to safe water, hygiene supplies, food, shelter and a safe environment to recover. You can help them now.

UNICEF Philippines is accepting donations through the following methods:

Online donation site:

PayPal: Log in to PayPal, choose ‘Send Money’ option, key in UNICEF email address

( and select ‘I’m paying for goods or services’ option

Cash/Cheque deposit (account name: UNICEF)

• Metrobank: C/A 066-706631209-3

• Land Bank: C/A 0052-1393-17

• BPI: S/A 001-50100335-9

• PNB: S/A 531-10730001-3

• RCBC: C/A 500000-1882

UNICEF has already launched an emergency response. Surge staff have been deployed to support water sanitation and hygiene, nutrition, child protection, and logistics and supplies to support families in the affected areas. With so many children’s lives at risk, more needs to be done and UNICEF calls for support from Sri Lanka to enable us to respond to the needs of all children and families affected. (Colombo Gazette)

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