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A girl does geometry at a UNICEF-assisted school in Rwanda | Photo © UNICEF/HQ07-1345/Giacomo Pirozzi

January 8, 2013

Pilot Program Protects Children in Niger

In the Niger, where more than 80% of the population lives in rural villages, children are often expected to help with family work around the house and in the fields. One out of three girls in the Niger is married before the age of 15, and 69% of girls do not go to primary school. UNICEF and partners have launched a community-based program to change the way children are perceived and treated and to address the challenges facing children in the Niger today. Young and old, the community now has a forum to express their thoughts on serious issues.

January 4, 2013

A New Well Offers Hope for Children and Families in Rural Kenya

It’s been years since Fatima Suthi has seen rain. The 51-year-old mother of eight lives near the Dadaab refugee camp in northeastern Kenya. Drought here has killed all of her livestock and forced her, like other pastoralist families, to adjust. Set against this brutal landscape, a UNICEF-supported water project has given her hope. At a nearby school, UNICEF has installed a bore hole that provides water to the broader community. The community is now healthier, and many children are getting an education for the first time in their lives.

January 3, 2013

In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, an International Joint Effort Rushes Essential Items to 20,000 Displaced Families

North Kivu province has been the site of relentless fighting for over a decade. Since April, an estimated 500,000 people have been displaced in the province. Many of these families had already been displaced, only to be forced to relocate once again. Most of the displaced population left their homes or places of refuge quickly, with few belongings. To assist these families, UNICEF has coordinated a mass distribution of relief kits, which contain ten essential items, including plastic sheeting, blankets, clothing, a wash basin and soap.

December 31, 2012

Among the Ruins Left by Typhoon Bopha in the Philippines, the Long Path to Recovery Begins

In villages and towns all over Compostela Valley, families are adjusting and trying to recover after Typhoon Bopha ripped apart their villages. The storm killed more than 1,000 people, and, as of December 18, had left 26,000 people in evacuation centers and 960,000 people living in the ruins of their homes, open areas or living with host communities. Despite difficulties in reaching all of the affected areas, UNICEF and partners have begun providing clean water, sanitation and supporting education, nutrition and child protection services.

December 28, 2012

A Winterization Program Helps Syrian Refugee Children Caught in Brutal Weather

Around 35,000 displaced Syrian children in the North and Bekaa regions of Lebanon are facing extreme weather conditions. See how you can help.

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