In the wake of the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria, IsraAID and UNICEF are collaborating to provide safe space for children. While impressively, over 30% of schools in Dominica have already reopened, many students – particular those in remote areas – have yet to return to school.
One such area on the East coast of Dominica is Rosalie. The management of Rosalie Bay Resort has been working with Isra AID on reaching remote villages surrounding Rosalie Bay to deliver supplies and first aid and have graciously allowed UNICEF Eastern Caribbean and Isra AID to set up tents which serve as learning centres for adolescents and young children who are yet to resume classes.
The mental and emotional rehabilitation of affected populations is a critical consideration which is often overlooked in disaster recovery. Child friendly spaces (CFS) and early psycho-social support are critical to both recovery and trauma prevention.
UNICEF’s #ReturnToHappiness programme offers psycho-social support to children whose lives were disrupted after hurricanes Irma and Maria struck. Children participate in various activities to help in their emotional recovery from trauma.
About UNICEF Eastern Caribbean
The UNICEF Eastern Caribbean Area Office is located at the UN House in Bridgetown, Barbados. The Office is responsible for Programmes of Co-operation with the governments of Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Barbados, British Virgin Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Trinidad & Tobago and the Turks & Caicos Islands.