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, extreme poverty rises. Children without the protection of parents or an education, risk abuse and exploitation.
How UNICEF helps earthquake victims
When disaster strikes, UNICEF is always 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, and through its network, UNICEF is able to deliver lifesaving supplies to anywhere within 48–72 hours.
From Japan, to Mexico, to 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 psycho-social support, access adequate nutrition and safe water, sanitation and hygiene services and are also safeguarded from harm. Further, UNICEF works to reunite children who have been separated from their family and provides care for those who are orphaned.