The Civil Defense Commission and UNICEF response to influx of migrants from Venezuela into Guyana

Georgetown, Guyana, 2nd  August, 2018 – The Civil Defence Commission (CDC) with support from the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) will be prepositioning relief supplies for enhancing the capacity of Regions 1, 7 & 9 to provide basic assistance to meet the initial needs of the displaced population as the situation of the influx of Venezuelans into Guyana increases.

Relief supplies for Shelter, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene are being procured within Guyana to the value of US $30,000 (GY $ 6,226,562). The CDC deploy the relief supplies within the coming weeks to the Regional Administrations for storage and distribution. The relief supplies would benefit an estimated sixty (60) families per region with a total number of persons benefitting estimated at 900.

In partnership with UNICEF, the CDC remains committed to building Guyana’s disaster risk management capabilities through stakeholder engagement.

About UNICEF Guyana and Suriname

UNICEF Guyana/Suriname is a two-country office with the overarching goal to contribute to the progressive realization of children and women’s rights and needs in the respective countries, in accordance with the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) and the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW).

UNICEF also supports child health and nutrition, safe water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation and abuse. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments. For more information about UNICEF and its work visit: http://www.unicef.org/guyana

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Frank Robinson

Communications Assistant

UNICEF Guyana and Suriname

226 7083 Ext 106

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