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Indonesia Tsunami – Unicef UK Children’s Appeal

Hundreds of thousands of children in Indonesia are in danger after an earthquake and devastating tsunami. Children affected urgently need life-saving support and supplies. Please donate to Unicef and help save children's lives.


Charity information: UNICEF UK

  • Need


    Hundreds have been killed and many thousands severely affected by the devastating earthquake and tsunami that hit central Indonesia on 29th September. Unicef is especially concerned for the safety and wellbeing of children who have lost their homes, those who are sleeping rough, and those who have been separated from their families. Children extra risks to their health without nutritious food and clean water. It is vital to act now to reach children in desperate need of assistance.


    When disasters strike, Unicef is ready to respond with whatever children need to survive and to help them rebuild their lives. Unicef is helping the government in Indonesia to deliver life-saving supplies and services to affected children and families. We are providing water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), nutrition and psychosocial support to the most vulnerable children.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Aim 1: Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH)


    » Unicef is also providing hygiene kits, water purification tablets and sanitation supplies for those affected.
    » Unicef is providing clean water by deploying mobile treatment plant units to the affected areas.

    What success will look like

    Unicef will report on children reached with life-saving water, sanitation and hygiene support.

    Aim 2

    Aim 2: Child Protection


    » Unicef is helping to reunite families by providing support in tracing the families of children who have been separated from loved ones
    » Unicef is providing psychosocial support and counselling to children affected by the disaster through establishing child friendly spaces.

    What success will look like

    Unicef will report on child protection and education interventions and strengthening of infrastructure and systems as part of the crisis response.

    Aim 3

    Aim 3: Nutrition


    » Unicef is supporting Infant and Young Child Feeding support in a context where children are an already vulnerable group in terms of malnutrition.
    » Unicef is providing breastfeeding assistance for pregnant and lactating mothers.

    What success will look like

    Unicef will report on children reached with life-saving nutrition support, as well as parents and caregivers reached with crucial information on nutrition.

  • Impact


    After the initial response to this emergency, we will continue our long-term work to support children and families affected by the disaster, ensuring that they have access to nutrition, water, sanitation and hygiene, education and protection services. We will demonstrate success by measuring our reach and impact, in line with Unicef’s rigorous monitoring and evaluating framework.


    This disaster was caused by an earthquake. Unicef’s emergency response could be hampered by aftershocks. Access to affected populations is still a challenge to the government and humanitarian partners including Unicef. We are doing all we can to meet all affected children’s urgent needs, including services and supplies that will help prevent and treat disease, protect children from danger and exploitation, and provide a safe space to learn and play, and protect them from future shocks.


    We will email/mail all supporters who have given to the emergency appeal with an update.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £3,800,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £3,800,000 Emergency response Child Protection, WASH and nutrition assistance
  • Background


    The earthquake and tsunami struck the island of Sulawesi, Indonesia on Friday 29th September. Urban and rural areas in the territories of Palu and Donggala are the worst hit. Indonesia is no stranger to earthquakes, however the most recent one comes only a month after an earthquake struck the island of Lombok where the Government with Unicef’s support is already managing a disaster response.


    Unicef will support the government to provide emergency relief for thousands of children and families affected by the earthquake and tsunami in Sulawesi, Indonesia. We are prioritising reaching children with assistance, as we know at times like this they are the most vulnerable; to exploitation, physical danger as well as emotional distress, following their traumatic experiences.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Unicef is the world's leading children’s organisation and we have been working in Indonesia for many years on our commitments to children and their rights. We have strong relationships with government and local and international partners that, combined with our expertise in disaster risk management, can deliver aid to the greatest number of children. As part of this response specifically, Unicef has a coordination function in-country on child protection, WASH and nutrition interventions.

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    Unicef’s dedicated emergency specialists and partners on the ground in Indonesia will deliver life-saving emergency aid for children affected.


can provide an emergency water and hygiene kit for two families in an emergency.