News from the Field
June 19, 2013
Ten years ago, teachers searched the streets of Bamako in Mali to seek out hearing-impaired children for their new school. Back then, these children were often hidden away and neglected by their families. Nineteen children became the school’s first pupils. Today, the School of Hope is ensuring that its 160 students receive an education, and are no longer isolated within their families. Fatoumata, 11, is one student, and her father is taking sign-language classes at the school on Saturday mornings.
June 13, 2013
As the situation in Syria continues to spiral out of control, UNICEF and its sister United Nations agencies have mounted the largest ever appeal for funds.
June 11, 2013
Gérald Oriol Jr., Haiti’s Secretary of State for the Integration of Persons with Disabilities, knows the challenges of living with a disability in Haiti well. He was born with muscular dystrophy. “The vast majority of people with disabilities in Haiti live in abject poverty, and the situation, obviously, is very tough,” he says. Access to education and job training programs remains a huge challenge. But the Government is working with UNICEF to take a more inclusive approach to improving the lives of people living with disabilities.
June 7, 2013
Mauritania is the largest recipient of refugees fleeing the crisis in Mali. There are approximately 74,000 Malian refugees in Mbera camp, 58 percent of them children under 18. Many have been in Mbera for over a year. UNICEF and partners are providing schooling for some 7,000 students, as well as recreation for pre-school children. But there are around 30,000 school-age children in the refugee camp. With additional funding, UNICEF plans to expand the number of schools, provide tables and benches, and build semi-permanent school structures.
June 3, 2013
Uyanga was born with permanent learning disabilities. In northern Mongolia, where Uyanga lives, there are few options for children with disabilities, and she stopped going to school after facing stigma and discrimination. Today, Uyanga attends a UNICEF-supported center that helps children with disabilities learn new skills in a supportive and inclusive environment. The center has become a lifeline for Uyanga—who now enjoys learning and has made friends. Forty children with disabilities are enrolled in the center and in the main school.