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Five ways UNICEF is helping children after the Indonesian tsunami and earthquake

When disaster strikes, UNICEF is there to protect and care for children.

We are keeping children safe.

Almost 3,000 people are dead or missing as a result of the earthquake and tsunami, leaving a huge number of separated children. UNICEF social workers have started the process of identifying unaccompanied children and reuniting them with their families. UNICEF is also providing psychosocial support to traumatised children by creating safe spaces for children to play and recover.


We are helping children get back to school.

Almost 3,000 schools were affected by the disaster. To give children somewhere to learn, scores of UNICEF school tents have already been set up, with another 450 tents on their way. And UNICEF is providing education supplies so that children don’t have to miss out on their vital learning.


We are keeping children healthy.  

Many vaccines were damaged due to lack of a consistent electricity supply in the days after the disaster. Vaccine stocks are being resupplied on a daily-basis, and health volunteers are providing services in temporary tents and health centres.


We are providing families with clean water.  

After any natural disaster, restoring clean and safe water is vital to reduce the chances of water-borne disease. UNICEF is working to improve the water and sanitation conditions through hygiene promotion, installing proper sanitation and drinking water supplies, and sending emergency hygiene kits to affected families.


We are preventing babies from becoming malnourished.

With so many people having lost homes and possessions, babies are at risk of not getting the vital nutrients to keep them growing healthily, UNICEF is helping establish and run infant and young child feeding centres in five locations. Planning is also underway for an emergency feeding programme in affected districts. In total, around 665,000 children are in need of assistance as a result of this disaster, and the recent Lombok earthquake. UNICEF is doing everything it can for all of them.

In total, around 665,000 children are in need of assistance as a result of this disaster, and the recent Lombok earthquake. UNICEF is doing everything it can for all of them.

If you'd like to be part of this life-changing work for children, please consider making a donation to our Indonesian Disaster Appeal.