|Humanitarian Funding at Work: Highlights from 2011|
In 2011, UNICEF estimated that US$18,295,000 was needed to fund its humanitarian work in the Occupied Palestinian Territory. As of end October 2011, a total of US$11,274,979 (62 per cent) had been received. UNICEF used these funds to counsel about 18,000 mothers on exclusive breastfeeding, and to provide micronutrient supplementation for 210,000 children and 105,000 pregnant or breastfeeding women. UNICEF also supplied access to safe drinking water for 51,000 people (out of a planned figure of 207,000), improved sanitation through emergency repairs of water and sewage networks, and rehabilitated WASH facilities in 39 schools to benefit 23,000 children and about 800 teachers. Improved access to basic education benefited nearly 14,000 children. Access to alternative learning opportunities was provided for close to 19,000 adolescents at risk of dropping out of school, more than the planned goal of 13,500. Protection and psychosocial services, including group and individual counseling, helped 16,000 girls and boys and more than 4,000 caregivers; emergency and individual counseling benefited about 660 children; and 400 professionals and volunteers received improved knowledge and skills to better support children and caregivers' resilience and coping mechanisms.