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Children in Times of Crisis and Calamity

It’s not the nicest thing to hear, but it’s the truth. We need to be aware especially in the Philippines, as we are very vulnerable to both natural and man-made disasters. Our country is located on the Pacific Ring of Fire, which means earthquakes, cyclones, volcanoes, typhoons, etc. could occur at any time — sometimes without warning. Just take a look at the recent Taal Volcano eruption, nobody saw it coming!


The National Climate Change Action Plan 2011-2028 showed us that between 1951 and 2010, the Philippines observed an average temperature increase of 0.64 degrees Celsius. The same study also explained that the sea level is continuously rising around the coastal areas of the Philippines, and is projected to rise by 7.6 – 10 centimeters every 10 years, which is significantly more than the average worldwide sea-level rise of 3.1 centimeters per decade.


Volcanic eruptions, typhoons, and earthquakes increase the vulnerability of children, as they are the most susceptible to injury and death. 31% of children were affected by the Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan), many of whom were aged 13-17 years old. These disasters leave them in poor health and nutrition. And for them to recover with their families, they usually need to stop school and find a job — most of them never recovering completely.


But there is still hope. Like we always say at Brighter Communities, the key is awareness and preparation. We value our children’s welfare and we have to ensure a brighter future for all of them. Which is why we, and a lot of other non-profit and charity organizations, dedicate their life to preserving children’s rights. That includes ensuring that they have a sustainable world to live in. We aim to educate children about current issues in the country and spark their curious minds as to how we can help solve them because Brighter Communities believes in inspiring children to develop and innovate solutions for a better world through tech for good.


We still have a long way to go in terms of disaster preparedness, proper information dissemination, and the protection of our children. But when we take little steps, one by one, we will be able to equip our people and children to fight for our environment through technology.




References:


  1. https://www.unicef.org/philippines/media/976/file/Situation%20Analysis%20of%20Children%20in%20the%20Philippines%20-%20Full%20Report%20(unedited).pdf

  2. http://www.ph.undp.org/content/philippines/en/home/countryinfo.html

  3. http://extwprlegs1.fao.org/docs/pdf/phi152934.pdf

  4. https://www.unicef.org/philippines/media/526/file/Climate%20Landscape%20Analysis%20for%20Children%20in%20the%20Philippines.pdf

  5. https://www.unicef.org/sowc2012/pdfs/SOWC-2012-Main-Report_EN_21Dec2011.pdf


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