UNICEF revised its emergency appeal to meet the immediate and medium-term needs of IDP children and families until the end of 2014. UNICEF is urgently seeking US$ 39.8 million to provide a holistic package of relief assistance to at least 600,000 children with a focus on:
Back to School Campaign including all necessary repairs to damaged schools in priority areas and integrating psychosocial support and extracurricular activities into the school programme;
Strengthening the Gaza child protection network and case management systems with MoSA;
Repairs to essential WASH infrastructure and continued interim support to communities in need.
UNICEF's emergency scaled-up response in Gaza is targeting under five-year-old children and mothers, children who will attend public schools, and vulnerable households in the most affected communities. Due to the ceasefire announcement, the IDP population is currently very fluid. As the population stabilises, so too will activities that will adapt and transfer to the locations of the conflict affected populations. UNICEF is currently focusing on supporting affected children and families in shelters, host families, and the communities that have been most severely hit.
Water Sanitation and Hygiene
If funding is provided, UNICEF commits itself to repairing 108 of 122 partially damaged schools in the forthcoming 6 months, in cooperation with NGO partners (60 schools in 2014, with an additional 48 schools repaired in 2015).
Reconstruction of 15 destroyed schools
Provision of school furniture: the same 75 schools targeted for repairs and reconstruction in 2014.
School disinfection: in all 25 public schools used as emergency collective shelters, before 14 September.
Training of school teachers and staff:• integrating psychosocial support in schools
Psychosocial training programmes for teachers, counselors, supervisors including classroom management for all 395 MoEHE schools in Gaza. To include a special psychosocial support and extra-curricular activity programme for children and youth returning to school, beginning on 7 September.
School teaching kits and recreational kits in all schools
School bags and stationary kits for at least 130,000 children
School uniforms and shoes through the e-voucher programme for 100,000 children in the most vulnerable families
Early childhood development kits for at least 16,000 children