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Four Months After Typhoon Haiyan

Frances, 10, shown here with guitar at a UNICEF Child-Friendly Space in Tacloban in December, fled with his family from their home in one of Tacloban's poorest neighborhoods just as Typhoon Haiyan was making its approach. He and his family took shelter in a sports stadium during the storm, which destroyed their home.

— The pain of loss still cuts deep in the Philippines four months after Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) killed more than 6,000 people, but there is also a growing sense that recovery is possible. A new UNICEF report, Four Months After [pdf], describes both the progress made and the challenges that lie ahead for Filipino children. Some highlights: 14.1 […]

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2013 in Review: UNICEF’s Year in Pictures

Two girls attend school at Alpha Moya school in Timbuktu, Mali, a facility that has been re-furnished with help from UNICEF.

— From the Philippines to Syria to the Sahel, in 2013 UNICEF delivered vital services to children in crisis. Here at home, the U.S. Fund for UNICEF mobilized support from people across the United States to guarantee that UNICEF will be there in the coming year to help and protect the world’s most vulnerable children, wherever […]

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Philippines After Haiyan: The Christmas Trees of Tacloban

A "debris tree" Christmas tree in Tacloban, Philippines.

— Angela Kearney is a native of Christchurch, New Zealand, and has worked for the United Nations and for UNICEF in more than ten countries. She is leading UNICEF’s emergency relief efforts in Tacloban. For the past six weeks, I have been living in Tacloban, the epicenter of the destruction wrought by the notorious Typhoon Haiyan […]

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UNICEF Haiyan Relief: Back to School in the Philippines

Palo Central Elementary school, destroyed by Typhoon Haiyan, reopened with UNICEF's help.

— Typhoon Haiyan (locally known as Yolanda) destroyed up to 90 percent of all schools in affected areas when it tore through the Philippines a month ago leaving over a million students and 35,000 teachers without places to learn and teach. Students at schools across Leyte province are learning again, thanks to UNICEF temporary schools, UNICEF School-in-a-Box […]

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How UNICEF Innovation Helps Lost Children After Typhoon Haiyan

A child friendly space in Rizol school, Tacloban. © UNICEF/2013/Diana Valcarcel

— UNICEF will begin using RapidFTR (Family Tracing and Reunification) in the Philippines tomorrow. RapidFTR, a mobile phone-based tool developed by UNICEF, speeds up the process of identifying unaccompanied children and reuniting them with their families. Mac Glovinsky leads the Emergencies group in UNICEF’s Innovation Unit in New York and was deployed to the Philippines as part of the five-person RapidFTR […]

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Infographic: Update on Typhoon Haiyan

— Typhoon Haiyan has brought flash floods, landslides and immense destruction to the Philippines. The storm, known locally as “Yolanda,” was one of the most powerful on record. Here’s a look at the latest numbers. Sources: OCHA Philippines; UNICEF; NDRRMC; Population Division of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs.

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