By: Jayan Joshi
Regardless of your view on U.S. immigration laws and border security, it is difficult to see news coverage of young children with so much to fear and so little to look forward to. Many of these migrant children are fleeing their home country to escape a cycle of poverty and violence. They do not have access to basic necessities like clean water and nutritious food, let alone opportunities for education like we do here.
SEATTLE (September 15, 2014) – Philanthropist Paul G. Allen announced today two new initiatives as part of a comprehensive relief campaign to provide resources and support to tackle the Ebola epidemic in West Africa. The efforts will put an additional $6.6 million toward supporting business and organizations working on logistical and transport needs. This raises Mr. Allen’s initial commitment to fighting the disease to more than $20 million, with further donation announcements planned for later this week.
“Kore Fanmi” means “family support” in Haitian Creole, and it’s the name of a pilot program aimed at helping the bottom 20 percent of Haitians, no matter where they live.
The innovative program uses locally made technology to gather data about extremely vulnerable families in remote communities. The data is then used to create a personalized response plan. Kore Fanmi was launched two years ago by the government of Haiti in partnership with the World Bank and UNICEF.
GENEVA/AMMAN/GAZA (September 9, 2014) - UNICEF is playing a key role in urgent preparations underway in Gaza ahead of the start of a new academic year on Sunday, September 14th.
The resumption of classes in 395 government-run schools across the territory was delayed as a result of the brutal 50-day conflict with Israel that ended in a ceasefire on August 26th.
Over the coming week, UNICEF’s team on the ground will be focusing on four key areas:
NEW YORK (September 8, 2014) – As students around the world return to school, a record number of conflicts and crises are depriving millions of children of their right to an education.
Almost 30 million children are out of school in emergency or conflict affected countries - approximately half of all children out of school worldwide. Schools have been targeted and millions of displaced children have been forced from their homes and studies.
GENEVA/DAKAR/FREETOWN/NEW YORK (September 5, 2014) – A cargo plane of UNICEF medical supplies including protective equipment and essential medicine has just landed in Sierra Leone, part of the children's agency's continued drive to tackle the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.
NEW YORK (September 4, 2014) – The largest-ever compilation of data on violence against children shows the staggering extent of physical, sexual and emotional abuse -- and reveals the attitudes that perpetuate and justify violence, keeping it ‘hidden in plain sight’ in every country and community in the world.
The conflict in the Central African Republic (CAR) has been disastrous for the health of children and women. Since December 2012, health care programs have been disrupted throughout the country, but in Berberati, there are signs of renewal. Madeleine Logan is a communications specialist based in CAR.
A small building dating back to 1936 stands in the shadow of a new operating room being constructed by UNICEF in Berberati.