In a disaster, children are among the most vulnerable victims.
Due to the high death toll resulting from Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, many children are now alone, having been separated from parents or other caregivers.
Separated children face many challenges in emergencies:
- Increased violence due to a lack of shelter, cramped quarters and a lack of privacy;
- The potential of sexual abuse;
- Being lost and ignored, largely missing out on aid efforts, because they have no identification documentation;
- And coping with severe distress as they try to find the means to survive, while at the same time, try to make sense of what happened to them and their loved ones.
If you haven’t already, please consider donating to support emergency response and disaster relief efforts. You can donate to World Vision at www.worldvision.ca or by calling 1-866-595-5550. The Canadian government has announced a Typhoon Haiyan Relief Fund, wherein the government will set aside one dollar for every eligible dollar donated by individual Canadians to World Vision Canada or other registered Canadian charities between November 9th and December 9th, 2013.