ASTI Donates €10,000 to Philippines Disaster Fund

The ASTI (Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland) has donated €10,000 to the Filipino relief effort. The Philippines experiences some of the worst storms the islands have ever seen. 4 million children in the Philippines have been affected by Typhoon Haiyan. The donation is in direct response to UNICEF's call for aid.

UNICEF reports that over 4 million children will require help as the country returns to some kind of normality after the devastating Typhoon. Many of the regions slammed by the storm are without electricity, clean water, food and medicine.

“With every day that goes by, thousands of children are becoming weaker, and more vulnerable to disease,” said Tomoo Hozumi, UNICEF representative in the Philippines. “The collapse of water and sanitation systems, destructions of homes and schools all are putting children at huge risk and in need of urgent help.”

100,000 children under the age of five and 60,000 pregnant or nursing mothers have been displaced by the Typhoon.

The hardest hit region of the country is the Eastern Visayas where it is estimated that more than 3,000 schools and 2,400 day care centres have been affected.

UNICEF have also stated that in such a disaster children are at risk of abuse and exploitation.