Gulf Coast Floods Children's Relief Fund
Tanya Weinberg, 202.247.6610
Claire Garmirian, 203.209.8545
ROUGE, La. (August 22, 2016) —
of Louisiana children remain displaced, distressed and unable to return to
school, leaving them and their futures extremely vulnerable, Save the Children
Obama’s visit to the flood zone is a moment for the media and the whole nation
to grasp how widespread the damage here truly is.We hope the attention also spotlights the
less-visible, but extremely concerning challenges that children here face,”
said Sarita Fritzler, Save the Children emergency team leader in Baton Rouge.
more than 60,000 households affected and more than 30,000 rescued, thousands of
children face risks of serious emotional and developmental consequences in lieu
of proper support. Close to 1,000of the most
vulnerable children remain in temporary shelters and thousands more could be
out of school or child-care for weeks or even months, Save the Children warned.
“Families here feel forgotten,” Fritzler added.“They’re in desperate need of a turning point
that will drive more resources to their aid.If not, prospects for children – especially those from
families with the fewest resources – could really be quite dire.”
years after Hurricane Katrina, one large-scale study of families displaced by
the storm showed that 37 percent of children were suffering from serious
emotional consequences.Louisiana is one
of the poorest states in the nation and 28 percent of children live in poverty
country can and must do better for Louisiana’s most vulnerable children this
time around,” Fritzler said.
Children is working to meet the urgent needs of displaced children and families
and has created safe spaces in emergency shelters where children can play and
begin to work through a variety of distressing experiences with caring experts.
The organization is also working to fill recovery gaps by assessing the extent
to which hundreds of area child care centers have been damaged and will need
support to reopen.
sooner we can get children back in supportive learning environments, the sooner
they can recover, build resiliency and continue their healthy development,”
Children has responded to children’s needs in emergencies around the world for
nearly a century.Since mounting a major
response to Hurricane Katrina in 2005, Save the Children has served more than 1
million U.S. children affected by disaster.
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