News from the Field
December 21, 2012
The massive earthquake that struck Haiti in 2010 destroyed the water system of Petit Goave, a coastal city near the quake’s epicenter. Now, thanks to a UNICEF-supported effort, the water system has been rebuilt with new pipes and new safety measures to reduce the likelihood of future water shortages. One of the beneficiaries is Tayet Rousseau, a mother of three whose business selling small goods was destroyed in the earthquake. Rousseau now has a water tap that delivers clean, safe water to the front yard of her modest home.
December 20, 2012
Syrian Refugee Children Are Dying, They Are Hurt and They Need Healing, Says UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Sir Roger Moore
The number of Syrian refugees has risen to over half a million. UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Sir Roger Moore has made an urgent plea for additional humanitarian assistance for women and children who have had to flee their homes—especially as winter has presented even more challenges. Temperatures are quickly dropping, and many children fled their homes with only summer clothing, and very few belongings. “Children are paying the highest price,” says Sir Roger. “They are dying, they are hurt and they need healing.”
December 19, 2012
With Its Early Childhood Development Program, UNICEF Builds a Strong Foundation for Refugee Children in Rwanda
UNICEF and partners have inaugurated new Early Childhood Development (ECD) centers for children aged four to six in Rwanda. Learn more.
December 17, 2012
As the sun rises in northeastern Somalia, teams of vaccinators, monitors and others meet at different health facilities. Learn more about UNICEF's work.
December 14, 2012
This past summer, in Vinnytsya, Ukraine, a school was adapted to the needs of children with disabilities. A wheelchair ramp was built, and a street-level classroom and bathroom were modified. Some students were able to go to a school for the first time in their lives. These and other improvements were possible thanks to the Child Friendly Cities Initiative. Under the initiative, UNICEF and partners contribute to changes that make children’s lives in cities more comfortable and safe, including the lives of children with special needs.