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OFC Foundation / Natural disaster

In less than one year, the small island states of Vanuatu and Fiji were hit by two Category 5 Tropical Cyclones. These two superstorms affected just under one million people, including 450,000 children.

Recognising the important role that sport can play in supporting the recovery of children after an emergency, this child-centred programme, developed by the Oceania Football Confederation and UNICEF, is being used to disseminate critical messages and support the emotional recovery of children.

Building on the success of both the Just Play Emergency Programme in Vanuatu and Fiji, the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) and UNICEF seek to create a best practice Just Play Emergency Programme model.

Short Term outcomes
  • Boys and Girls will increase their knowledge of the types of disasters
  • Boys and Girls will know what to do before, during and after a disaster
  • Boys and Girls will understand the importance of keeping food safe, drinking clean water and other food securities
  • Boys and Girls will have a safe environment to play on after a disaster
Medium Term outcomes
  • Boys and Girls assist their parents to prepare for disasters and help keeping their surroundings clean and safe after a disaster
  • Boys and Girls are ready to assist their parents responding to disasters
  • Boys and Girls will know who to call and what they need to do before, during and after a disaster
  • Boys and Girls help their parents, family and community keeping food safe, and ensuring that water is clean and safe to drink
  • Boys and Girls express their feelings and experiences about the disaster with families and friends
End of Programme outcomes
  • Boys and Girls will contribute to disaster preparedness and disaster response programmes in their home, school and community
  • Boys and Girls will take the lead in passing on the disaster preparedness and disaster response messages to other children