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Assistance to Children and Families in Flooded areas

Assistance to Children and Families in Flooded areas

After neighbouring Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia and the areas of Županjska Posavina and Pounje in Croatia were affected by the record flooding that occurred in May 2014 UNICEF and its partners started to implement a number of activities in all three countries aimed at assisting children and their families.

Immediately after the floods began, UNICEF organised supplies of personal hygiene and disinfection products as well as material for reconstruction works for people in Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia. In addition to humanitarian aid shipments and informative and educational material, child-friendly spaces were set up to offer various entertainment and creative activities to help children overcome the difficulties the situation had imposed on them.

"After delivering humanitarian aid to children and their parents UNICEF focused on enabling a normal everyday life routine for these children and assisted them in exercising their rights to play and receive education. "

UNICEF also supported the reconstruction of kindergartens and schools in flooded areas. In Bosnia and Herzegovina, with the support of the Government of the Republic of Croatia and the UNICEF Office for Croatia, the A.G. Matoš School in Vidovice was reconstructed. School textbooks were provided for more than 800 primary school pupils from flooded areas in Croatia.

Infographics – UNICEF’s assistance to children and families in the flooded areas (download).

Child-Friendly Spaces

After the floods, child-friendly spaces set up in Gunja, Dvor and Hrvatska Kostajnica and provided 400 children in the flooded areas of Croatia with the necessary psychosocial support. Assistance was provided to 4,500 children in the child-friendly spaces set up in Serbia.

‘Ganja’ Workshop

As there were no kindergartens in Gunja the UNICEF initiative to set up the ‘Ganja’ workshop for children from Gunja proved to be an appropriate response to the needs of preschool children and parents, prior to the opening of the first kindergarten in Gunja.

First Kindergarten in Gunja

UNICEF initiated the opening of the first kindergarten in Gunja. According to the cooperation agreement signed between UNICEF and the Municipality of Gunja, UNICEF will assist by equipping the kindergarten and the playground and support the work of the kindergarten until its financing is taken over by the Municipality. >> Preschool Education in Gunja

Support in Preparation for Possible Future Natural Disasters

>> Disaster Risk Reduction

Meet the Children UNICEF has Helped

  • How the Flood Changed Ibrahim’s Life

    How the Flood Changed Ibrahim’s Life

    Ganja Workshop, which was launched in Gunja after the floods, helped children like 6-year old Ibrahim to divert their thoughts from the floods to play, creativity and socializing with their peers.

Updated: 25 May 2016
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