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UNICEF Distributes School Equipment and Aid Supplies to Children in Philippines

NEW YORK (November 26, 2013) UNICEF is distributing School-in-a-Box and recreation kits to children in Tacloban and Roxas still living amidst the chaos left by Super Typhoon Haiyan.

More than 350 School-in-a-Box kits arrived in Cebu on Saturday morning on a flight donated by KLM. Each kit contains enough stationery, reading material, arithmetic and learning tools for 15,000 children ages six and up for three months.

Among the supplies were also 99 large tents which will be used as school classrooms and safe spaces for children to learn and play. After the enormous shock experienced by tens of thousands of children, the return to learning will restore some sense of normalcy for them.

The cargo also included recreation kits for at least 25,000 elementary and high school children ages 6 to 15. These kits include soccer balls, handballs, volleyball nets, Frisbees and jump ropes, so that children have the opportunity to play either individually or in groups. 

UNICEF estimates that 1.14 million preschool and school-aged children have been displaced by the Typhoon. In addition, thousands of schools are being used as evacuation centers, so children have no place to go to school. Even when evacuees leave, the schools will need to reconstructed or completely rebuilt.

A range of pharmaceutical supplies including amoxicillin, retinol and albendazole were also in the shipment.

For b-roll of the shipment, please visit: DENMARK, COPENHAGEN 20 November 2013. Loading of trucks for KLM Flight.

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