FCB Foundation and UNICEF attend to emergency needs of infants following Hurricane Matthew in Haiti
The FC Barcelona Foundation has supported UNICEF's call to serve the state of emergency that has been caused by the effects of Hurricane Matthew in early October in Haiti, especially in the south of the country. Children are the most vulnerable to the disaster and it is estimated that 894,000 children have been affected, of whom 592,000 need urgent humanitarian aid.
FCB Foundation and UNICEF have agreed to allocate 300,000 euros immediately to meet this emergency. UNICEF and its partners are working in the area where the disaster occurred, in a race against time to identify and attend to the needs of the most affected children and their families. The number of people requiring urgent humanitarian assistance now exceeds 1.4 million.
The Foundation and UNICEF agreed to expand their alliance in February through to 2020 with an increase in the annual contribution made by the club going from 1.5 million to 2 million euros.
The most urgent areas of focus are to guarantee health care and treatment of children with malnutrition, to launch temporary learning spaces for children to return to school as soon as possible, to protect children from any violence, and the supply of drinking water and adequate sanitation conditions to prevent outbreaks of diseases transmitted by water, such as cholera. In fact, cholera is a priority for UNICEF. This disease is transmitted by consuming contaminated food or water and causes the death of a child in a very short time.
Jordi Cardoner, FC Barcelona vice-president
"The FCB Foundation has contributed to the emergency of Haiti so that UNICEF can continue to develop its work in this humanitarian catastrophe. The mission of the Foundation is to help children who are vulnerable, and although we normally take part in programmes on the basis of sport and values, we believe that the emergency in Haiti is a priority at the moment because there are thousands of children suffering and need medical care as well as treatment for malnutrition. We also ask citizens, whether or not Barça supporters, to help us fight the effects of this disaster, because children are the ones who are suffering. "