After Yolanda: What Children Think, Need and Recommend

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After Yolanda What Children Think Need Recommend

Asking children and young people to share their views about what is going on around them, what they need and what they want to happen next is an important part of making sure the aid meets the needs of those affected by the disaster.

On 14th December, Save the Children, Plan International, UNICEF and World Vision organized consultations with 124 children and young people in Capiz, Cebu, Iloilo, Leyte and East and West Samar to:

  • listen to children and young people views about the humanitarian situation six weeks after the Typhoon,
  • find out what their priorities are right now, and
  • ask for suggestions for how to improve the response.

The key findings of the Children’s Needs Assessment demonstrate that:

  • Children and young people have credible views about their own priorities and needs as well as those of their families and communities.
  • Priorities for children and young people now include: rebuilding homes, returning to school, and restoring electricity.
  • Children and young people played an important role in the evacuation and preparedness before Yolanda made landfall.
  • Many are fearful of another typhoon but also want to know more about how they can prevent and prepare for future event; highlighting the important role they can play in future Disaster Risk Reduction efforts in their community.
  • Many are taking on new roles and responsibilities to help their families and communities to recover.
  • Children and young people remain profoundly affected by what they lived through on the 8th of November; psycho-social support to support children and young people to recover from trauma must remain a priority for the recovery.

Click here to read the full report After Yolanda: What Children Think, Need and Recommend.

After Yolanda: What Children Think, Need and Recommend

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