Save the Children’s emergency response in Laos, India and Indonesia.
In the aftermath of flooding in Laos and India and an earthquake in Indonesia this past summer, C&A Foundation is working together with Save the Children to supply humanitarian assistance to vulnerable children and families.
How Does Save the Children Help
Save the Children works on the ground with the most affected and marginalized communities, especially women and children. Depending on what is needed, Save the Children provides clean drinking water, shelter kits, mosquito nets, hygiene kits, protection for the well-being of children. This is done with the help from its partners, including C&A and C&A Foundation.
This past July, floods occurred in the Attapeu Province, in Laos, due to the collapse of a hydropower dam. These floods affected over 16,000 people from 13 villages. In August, there were around 1,100 families (around 6,500 people) living in five evacuation centres. The flooding submerged basic infrastructure, roads, bridges, schools, hospitals, cultivation fields and irrigation systems, which will have a long-term socio-economic impact disrupting the livelihoods and well-being of the local communities.
Save the Children is providing access to safe drinking water and sanitation to communities affected by the flooding and supporting pregnant and lactating mothers distributing infant kits, mother’s kits, hygiene kits and other non-food items and cash-based assistance.
Kerala, India Floods
Monsoon rains severely affected the State of Kerala in India since early August. The State was battered by unprecedented torrential rains. The rising levels in dams and reservoirs caused enormous flooding and paralysed the State, affecting more than 21 million people, including more than seven million children. This is the worst flood the region has experienced since 1924, killing 350 people and leaving entire communities devastated.
Schools and all education services were shut down and used as relief camps and hospital facilities were badly affected, putting more lives at risk. Local communities have been mobilized and with the support of the state and central governments provided with food and drinking water. Save the Children is set to open five child friendly spaces, providing a place for children to take part in therapeutic activities, games and to regain a sense of normality. In emergencies, children are often the most susceptible to injury, exploitation, abuse and other dangers. Child-friendly spaces are safe spaces where children are cared for and protected that offer parents some respite to take care of their family situations. These spaces are vital to the recovery of children, taking care of their unique needs offering activities, games and informal education.
A deadly 6.9 magnitude earthquake struck Lombok, Indonesia on Aug. 5, 2018. At least 98 people were killed in the second quake to hit the island in a week after 16 were killed and hundreds of houses damaged on 29 July. Save the Children was among the first to respond to the aftermath of the earthquake.
During emergencies, children are the most vulnerable and we are concerned for their safety, security and overall wellbeing. Their particular needs must be taken into account as agencies and the government respond in the aftermath of this disaster
- Silverius Tasman, Save the Children’s local partner organisation Yayasan Sayangi, Tunas Cilik
Save the Children has not only set up safe spaces for children to play and be able to relieve distress, but they are also monitoring the needs of communities on the island and delivering supplies, such as shelter kits, mosquito nets, and hygiene kits as well as purifying tablets to areas in need.
As the situation is developing, Save the Children has serious concerns for thousands of people living in makeshift shelters in remote villages. About an hour’s drive from Tanjung, the capital city of North Lombok district, landslides blocked the road. There were also two bridges that have been almost completely destroyed, and the road was damaged in other locations. Staff on the ground went to villages where about 1,000 people were living in a makeshift camp after their houses were badly damaged or destroyed during the earthquake.
Silverius Tasman from Save the Children’s partner organisation added: “There were reports of an outbreak of diarrhoea, which was extremely concerning for us, as young children are particularly vulnerable to waterborne diseases. Some children were hungry because their families did not have enough to eat. They needed and deserved our help in this time of need.”