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Child-care children during a natural disaster

Be mindful of children in evacuation centres
Talking with the children
Welfare of Fatherless Families and Widows Loan system
Pregnancy at the evacuation centre


•Be mindful of children in evacuation centres

There may be children who are separated from their parents and spend all day with other children. Please be mindful of these children and make sure that they have somebody looking after them. Having an adult talk and listen to a child calmly can be enough to ease their mind. To ensure that children do not feel alone, it is necessary to give them a role where they can help and feel a sense of achievement and belonging.

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•Talking with the children

Children affected by a disaster often feel anxiety in the aftermath. It is helpful to offer words of support to let them know that everything will be okay. It is important to make children feel that they are not alone and are being cared for by adults.

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•Welfare of Single Parent Families and Widows Loan system

Single mothers and orphaned children (under 20 years old) are eligible for a loan with no/low interest when they need money for moving, house repairs, medical care, and education.

Eligibility
1. Single mothers (women who do not have a spouse and are supporting their children who are under 20 years old)
2. Widows (women whose husband has passed away)
3. Orphaned children (under the age of 20)
4. Children from a single-mother household
5. Adults over 20 years from a single-mother household
6. Single mothers over 40 years old who no longer need to support their children

The loan amount, limitations on usage, repayment period, and interest etc. differ by local government so please enquire to your local government office or the supervisor of your evacuation centre for further details.

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Pregnancy at the evacuation centre

Conditions at evacuation centres are often not ideal: there is not enough water, the toilets can be dirty and often there is a lack of shower facilities. For these reasons it can be difficult to wash the genital area and it can become irritated. This can be worsened by the increase in vaginal discharge that often accompanies pregnancy. Where possible, change your underwear regularly, and keep your genital area clean by wiping with a wetted tissue or cloth, particularly after using the toilet. If you have intense genital itching accompanied by a thick yoghurt-like discharge, you may have a yeast infection which cannot be cured by washing alone. It can be embarrassing to talk about these kinds of issues, but your health is particularly important during pregnancy so talk with medical staff as soon as possible.

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