Japan Earthquake – 2011
Champions for Children expressed deep concern for the children and families impacted by the devastating earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan on March 11, 2011. The disaster was of such a magnitude that UNICEF’s unrivaled expertise in aiding children in emergencies was welcomed in a country that is traditionally a donor to UNICEF programs worldwide and not a recipient.
As a result of Champions’ efforts, over $230,000 collected in March and April 2011 through UNICEF’s Change for Good program on American Airlines supported UNICEF’s emergency response in Japan.
Below are a few examples of the critical emergency programs that UNICEF was able to provide with the collections raised by Champions and other supporters. UNICEF was able to:
· Procure and distribute supplies including drinking water, children’s clothes, hygiene products, and shoes.
· Initiate health services support for mothers and children.
· Expand psycho-social support services to help children regain normalcy in their lives following the tragic event.
· Implement a Back-to-School Campaign (first month).
· Provide school supplies, such as school bag and stationery.
· Supply primary and junior high schools with desks, chairs, computers, fixtures, portable toilets, and other necessities.
· Implement Back-to-School Campaign (second month).
· Begin supplying materials for health checkups at schools.
· Assist with the purchase of school goods for primary and junior high school students, including clothes, school supplies, paints, and supplementary materials.