Children are suffering in the wake of the recent earthquakes in Mindanao
North Cotabato, South Cotabato, Davao del Sur, and Saranggani provinces in Mindanao have been struck by a series of powerful earthquakes: a magnitude 6.3 earthquake on October 16, a magnitude 6.6 earthquake on October 29, two aftershocks of 6.1 and 6.5 magnitude on October 31, and a magnitude 6.9 earthquake on December 15.
These earthquakes have impacted an estimated 26,000 persons in 59 barangays in Regions XI (the Davao Region) and XII (SOCCSKSARGEN), the heaviest impacted regions. Some 13,000 people have sought temporary refuge in 19 evacuation centers, while some 7,000 are being served outside evacuation centers. The damage has yet to be fully assessed, and the number of displaced families is anticipated to increase.
The earthquakes have severely impacted children's education, health, and protection. About 3.2 million learners, 2 million of whom live in Regions XI and XII, are unable to return to school due to the damage to their schools. Water and sanitation facilities are insufficient to meet outstanding needs, placing children and adults at significant risk of disease. Children and their families are showing signs of distress.
What we're doing to help
Save the Children Philippines is mounting a response in Davao del Sur and North Cotabato, in the areas of:
Education. We are tracking young learners who may have been displaced during the earthquakes. We are setting up Temporary Learning Spaces in these priority areas; providing teachers with teaching kits; and supporting them by ensuring coordinated delivery of services among our civil society and government partners.
Child Protection. We provide Child Friendly Spaces and kits, making sure that within these spaces, children are protected from harm, exploitation, and abuse to protect children from physical harm and psychosocial distress. We also ensure that chlidren and their caregivers have access to psychosocial support services.
Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH). We supply afflicted schools with water kits to ensure that children and teachers can access safe water. We also provide children with hygiene kits and promote best practices in hygiene and sanitation to prevent the spread of diseases.
You can help, too!
Your donations are helping children affected by these earthquakes to stay healthy, to continue learning, and to stay protected from harm, exploitation, and abuse.
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The children affected by the Mindanao earthquakes cannot wait.