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Sisters Normina, Norlaila and Nor Ain hid in a basement for two days without food and water, before fleeing Marawi to escape the armed conflict in their city. They now live with a relative in Iligan, and are temporarily enrolled in Iligan City High School where they also participate in psychological first aid sessions to help them recover from what they've experienced. This has enabled Nor Ain to open herself up again to others and make herself feel better. "Peace will ultimately reign in Marawi. We are stronger now," she said. Tap the link in our bio to read Nor Ain's story! (📷 Rosa May Maitem)
Children in an evacuation center in Iligan play at child-friendly space, which UNICEF supplied with toys and learning supplies. Recreational activities help children recover from what they've experienced, and help them regain a sense of normalcy after fleeing Marawi to escape the conflict. (📷 Bobby Lagsa)
John and his family fled the armed conflict in Marawi to seek safety in Iligan City. He now spends time at a UNICEF-supported child-friendly space in the evacuation center, where he can play and have his special needs taken care of by health workers. "We have not smiled in the past weeks, but now this handsome boy puts a smile on our faces. We know our situation is challenging. The basics we need are not readily available here, but John still laughs. He has fun with us when it’s play time," John's grandmother said. (📷 Bobby Lagsa)
There is increased risk of diarrhea and other diseases spreading in evacuation centers. This is why UNICEF is distributing hygiene and water kits to families displaced by the Marawi conflict. These supplies help keep children healthy during an emergency. (📷 Jeff Maitem) Tap the link on our profile to donate to our ongoing response in Mindanao! 🇵🇭
Join us in honoring mothers on #MothersDay! 💙 Post a photo of you and your mom and tell us what traits you got from her. Tag it with #AngNamanaKo and mention @unicefphils for a chance to win a UNICEF gift pack! 🎁 Tap the link on our profile for the complete #giveaway rules. 😊#ThrowbackThursday #TTH
It's #KindergartenDay! Early learning helps young children get ready for school, so that they stay, participate more and learn better. In the Philippines, UNICEF works to increase access to quality early childhood care and development among young children. #HappyFriday ( 📷 N. Bito) #education #unicef #philippines
It's #ThrowbackThursday and we're taking you all the way back to the 1950s! Villagers in Natonin, Mountain Province, receive supplies delivered by UNICEF to help protect children there from malaria, chest disease and malnutrition. To this day, UNICEF's work continues to have a special focus on reaching children with the greatest need – those who live in remote areas, those affected by emergencies, and the most disadvantaged and vulnerable. #tth #unicef #tbthursday
It's #WorldWaterDay! 💧 14-y/o Lian is worried that pollution and #climatechange will affect the water supply in her community. "If we didn't have water, there would be drought and death. Water is essential. We use water in our daily lives." Here, Lian shows the water her family gets from the tap. "We had to fetch water when I was little. Now we have clean water at home. We sometimes drink the water directly from the tap." (📷 by Mark Berris)
UNICEF facilitated the release of more than 1,800 children involved in military activities of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF). This process started in 2009 and involved educating MILF leaders and communities, and establishing systems to monitor and prevent further recruitment and use of children in combatant and support roles. These children now need support from the Philippine government and development partners so they can enjoy their rights to education, health and protection. Tap the link on our profile to learn more. #ChildrenNotSoldiers
When Ron Caole's family asked him what he wanted to receive for his 7th birthday, he said: "Anything to share with UNICEF." Ron, a Grade 1 pupil at Julian Felipe Elementary School in Cavite City, learned about the organization through the cards and donor letters that his aunt Geraldine received. "He was curious about the cards so I explained to him that we were helping disadvantaged children by donating to UNICEF," Geraldine said. Instead of asking for the usual gifts, Ron asked for contributions from his family and friends, raising a total of PHP13,150. "I also wanted to share on my birthday. I'm happy and thankful that I'm able to help children," he said.
Here's our #2016bestnine 📷 — @piawurtzbach meeting youth #HIV advocates, young runners changing lives with every step at #heroesforchildrenrun2016, a #tbt from our early days in the Philippines, and the heartwarming smiles of Filipino children. 🇵🇭 Thank you for your likes! 😊 We look forward to your continued support #foreverychild. 💙
Melcor and AJ walk around Barangay Moning Elementary School in Baras, Catanduanes, which was damaged by Typhoon #NinaPH/Nock-ten. Temporary learning spaces are needed in the affected areas to enable children to continue their education as their schools are being repaired and used as evacuation centers. 📷 by AC Dimatatac
Rene Camacho and Cora Uyos built a temporary shelter after their house was damaged by Typhoon #NinaPH/Nock-ten. Urgent needs of affected families include food, shelter and water quality testing and treatment. UNICEF is ready to respond and assist upon the request of the Government. 📷 AC Dimatatac