UNICEF Restores Access to Water in Emergencies

March 27, 2014

This month, the UNICEF Tap Project is highlighting the issue of clean water by challenging you to go without your phone.

 

We've been sharing ways in which UNICEF improves access to clean water. No situation is more pressing than an emergency, when restoring access to clean water is key to preventing the spread of disease. Amid conflict and natural disaster, safe drinking water is out of reach for the children and families who have been displaced. UNICEF is helping to bring clean water and sanitation facilities in three major crisis areas: the Philippines, Syria and the Central African Republic. Take a look:

Central African Republic

Displaced children carry containers of water at l’Évêché Catholic Mission, in the town of Bossangoa, capital of Ouham Province in the CAR. © UNICEF/NYHQ2013-1156/MIA FARROW Displaced children carry containers of water at l’Évêché Catholic Mission, in the town of Bossangoa, CAR. © UNICEF/NYHQ2013-1156/MIA FARROW

Conflict in the Central African Republic has affected 2.3 million children and forced thousands to flee from their homes to areas where safe water is either very limited or nonexistent. UNICEF has successfully restored water access for at least 183,000 displaced people in CAR, delivered hygiene and medical kits, and built hundreds of emergency latrines.

Philippines

The children of the Philippines have faced a number of obstacles during the past year, with armed conflict in Zamboanga, a 7.2-magnitude earthquake in Bohol -- and, of course, the devastating Typhoon Haiyan that struck in November. In the aftermath of the storm, UNICEF helped restore the water supply for more than 200,000 residents of Tacloban, one of the areas worst hit by the typhoon.

Syria

A boy returns home with water he collected from a community water tank in an informal settlement for Syrian refugees. © UNICEF/NYHQ2013-1416/SHEHZAD NOORANI A boy returns home with water he collected from a community water tank in an informal settlement for Syrian refugees. © UNICEF/NYHQ2013-1416/SHEHZAD NOORANI

The three-year conflict in Syria has forced more than 2.4 million Syrians from their homes into neighboring countries. The overflow of Syrian refugees has put a strain on refugee camps in a region where water is already in scarce supply. UNICEF has been working with partners to provide lifesaving sources of safe water and sanitation in these settlements. You can help provide water and sanitation to children in emergencies through the UNICEF Tap Project.

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