When an earthquake strikes
One shattering moment can wreck a community and leave children traumatized, displaced and vulnerable to disease. Earthquakes are especially devastating, as the impacts of economic and infrastructural damage can last for multiple generations.
Natural disasters disproportionately affect children. In addition to depleting access to basic necessities such as water, food, shelter and health services, earthquakes leave children separated from their families and their educations and childhoods disrupted. In the wake of a disaster, poverty rises. Children without the protection of parents or an education face higher risks of abuse and exploitation.
How UNICEF helps children after an earthquake
When disaster strikes, UNICEF is among the first on the ground—sometimes even days before to preposition supplies—and the last to leave. UNICEF hosts the largest humanitarian supply warehouse in the world. Through its network, UNICEF is able to deliver lifesaving supplies anywhere in the world within 48 to 72 hours.
From Japan to Mexico, to the Philippines, Haiti and beyond, UNICEF has helped people rebuild their communities post-quake for decades. Providing both immediate and long-term assistance, UNICEF helps ensure that children can continue to learn, receive health care and psychosocial support, access adequate nutrition and safe water, sanitation and hygiene services and stay safe from harm. UNICEF also works to reunite children who have been separated from their family and provides care for those who are orphaned.