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

October 22, 2012

UNICEF and Partners Respond to Refugee Crisis in South Sudan

Continued conflict and increased food insecurity in Sudan’s Southern states have led to an influx of refugees into South Sudan. Learn more.

October 18, 2012

In Malawi, Universal Birth Registration Protects Children and Gives Access to Social Services

According to the 2008 population census, the Government of Malawi estimates that only about 16.6% of children under 18 have a birth certificate.

October 17, 2012

Scholarships Help Somali Girls Cross Barriers to Education

The rate of school enrolment for girls and boys in Somalia remains low, and for girls it is especially low. Somali families with low incomes cannot afford school fees, uniforms and learning materials. Limited educational services are also an obstacle. UNICEF supports the Ministry of Education and Higher Education to help marginalized girls in northwestern and northeastern Somalia go to school by offering a comprehensive scholarship package. This scholarship fund supports vulnerable Somali girls through the full education cycle.

October 12, 2012

In Jordan, UNICEF and Partners’ Immense Water Delivery Operation Meets the Needs of Syrian Refugees

Every day, about 157 truckloads of water—over 250,000 gallons—are delivered to the Za’atari refugee camp in Jordan, for the 32,000 residents of the camp. UNICEF and the German Federal Agency for Technical Relief are supplying the water, building latrine and shower blocks, and providing waste management. UNICEF and partners are also providing water conservation education to help Syrians in the camp slowly reduce water usage. And for a more sustainable approach to supplying water to the camp, UNICEF is drilling two new wells for the camp.

October 5, 2012

In Lebanon, Child Friendly Spaces Provide a Safe Environment for Syrian Refugee Children to Learn and Play

With the situation deteriorating in the Syrian Arab Republic, more and more children have been arriving in Lebanon, fleeing fighting and destruction. The psychological impact of violence on Syrian children has been profound, and there is an urgent need for safe places where children can access psychosocial support and regain a sense of normalcy in their lives. UNICEF supports these Child Friendly Spaces, where activities focus on building the children’s self-confidence, and integrating the Syrian children with their Lebanese peers.

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