The Amarone Charitable Trust was established in 2014 with the aim to find solutions and provide assistance for needs that weren’t being met in the global community, with a specific focus on Barbados---

Children in Need

Projects / The Children in Need Initiative

During 2016 the trust approached UNICEF in Switzerland to collaborate on implementing an initiative to assist children in need, be it Syria, Yemen or in other places such as Nepal, which is still suffering from the earthquakes of 2015. Through discussions with representatives of UNICEF we elected to undertake an initiative to improve children’s health in Nepal.

In Nepal, 38 of 1,000 children die before their 5th birthday, 23 within the first 28 days of their life. Equitable access to health facilities and services for mothers and children is reduce these numbers and save children’s lives.

The situation of children in Nepal

Nepal is a multi-ethnic, multi-cultural, multi-religious and multi-lingual country with a population of 26.5 million. It is also one of the world’s poorest countries: 25% of its population live below the international poverty line of USD 1.25 per day. And though the poverty rate at the national level has declined, there are wide geographic and demographic disparities. The earthquake that hit Nepal in April 2015 further exacerbated the situation, especially for poor families. 8959 people died, almost one third of which were children, almost three times as many were injured, and 900,000 homes were destroyed or damaged. 1.1 million children were severely affected.

More than two thirds of Nepalese children are deprived of at least one of the basic human needs including shelter, sanitation, water, food, education and health. More than half of Nepal’s children still lack access to sanitary facilities. Though Nepal has made significant progress in children and women’s health, with decreasing infant and maternal mortality rates and improved immunization coverage, a number of challenges remain: Newborn mortality remains high – it accounts for 61 per cent of under-five deaths, 63 per cent of child births occur at home and mostly without the assistance of a skilled birth attendant. Also, many families, especially in mountainous regions, are still not adequately covered by health services, and services are often not adequately equipped with the necessary instruments and infrastructure to ensure children’s health and wellbeing.

Without access to adequate health services, children’s ability to grow and develop is severely affected and newborn mortality rates cannot be reduced.

UNICEF supports health systems in Nepal through improving the quality of services they are providing to children and mothers, making sure a focus is laid on the first 28 days of life – the most vulnerable time for a child’s survival.

The trust has teamed up with UNICEF in providing immunization for 4,000 newborns; equipping mothers with 1,600 essential newborn care kits including device for neonatal resuscitation, thermometer, weighing scales, timing and doll; and training of staff at 12 birthing centres on infection prevention.

Recent Projects

Discover the heart of our recent projects in Barbados, where our NGO is making a profound impact across three vital pillars: Athletics, Children, and Disaster Relief. Through dynamic athletic initiatives, we're fostering teamwork and growth. Our dedication to children's welfare encompasses education and healthcare, nurturing the leaders of tomorrow. Moreover, our disaster relief efforts bring hope and healing when it's needed most. Join us in transforming lives and building a brighter future for Barbados and beyond.

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