Helping children and communities affected by bushfires.
An unprecedented disaster unfolded across large parts of Australia in late 2019 and into 2020. The most savage bushfires on record wreaked havoc and devastation. Many people lost their lives and more than 1,600 homes were destroyed. The recovery and rehabilitation process will take time. UNICEF Australia is there helping families and children in need.
UNICEF Australia is providing three stages of support for children and communities affected by the bushfires: relief, recovery and rehabilitation.
Pupils from a secondary school in Victoria try on new uniforms as they return to school after the devastating fires. The school is part of UNICEF Australia’s relief program which provided uniforms, shoes, and textbooks for students.
The Principal said the fires came within two kilometres of the town. “We had one family who were under blankets in their dam as the fire went over. Across our school community over 200 families were impacted,” she said.
Student Letisha, 17, who lost her house, said it was going to be hard going back to school without her things, but welcomed UNICEF Australia’s support. “
I am a bit nervous about coming back, I lost everything but the help we have received has been really wonderful,” she said.
"I lost everything but the help we have received has been really wonderful."
Six Month Progress Report
January - July 2020
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