Odwa’s strength and determination to succeed is incredibly inspiring. Children in developing countries are more than twice as likely as adults to live in extreme poverty. Despite living in shocking poverty, this South African teen turned his life around. Be inspired. #EndPoverty
Against the Tide
The ongoing conflict in the northern regions of Mali continue to have devastating effects on the country, especially regarding access to basic social services such as education. Today, 300 schools are still closed and more than 60% of children are not going to school. A sobering statistic if one believes that children really are the rock of a country’s future, and the greatest asset of a nation.
Tacloban City, Philippines
Picking Up the Pieces
Within 48 hours after Typhoon Haiyan struck, UNICEF was on the ground working alongside Government and other partners to provide clean water, sanitation and hygiene, restore access to education, restock health supplies, and scale up nutrition and child protection support services
Writing on the Wall
Her name is Beritan, although her friends and family call her Bitu. Her mother called her Beritan because for her it means “brave”. Bitu was forced to leave her home, friends and relatives in Syria due to the ongoing crisis.
Dreams and Distant Memories
“If a girl doesn’t end up going to school, she is at a much greater risk of being exposed to early marriage. If a girl is attending high school there is a greatly reduced risk that she will be married so young. In this way, school is definitely a way of preventing early marriage. – Salif Diawara, teacher at Koumantou Secondary School.
Lusaka, Ndola, Kabwe, Zambia
Playing In The Shade
Breaking the poverty cycle requires innovative, integrated and multi-sectoral responses. UNICEF Zambia celebrates 70 years of standing up to injustices experienced by children and women through social protection initiatives and child-friendly budgeting and policy development.
All girls have dreams, but not all dream equally. UNICEF continues to engage in community initiatives to increase the number of girls attending and completing school, which is relatively unusual in regions where the number of girls attending school is significantly lower than that of boys.
Lesvos Island, Greece
Serving Action Aid, and witnessing the courage and despair of Syrian families as they arrived on Lesvos Island in Greece, I was humbled by the indomitable power of the human spirit and the ability to endure and sacrifice for the sake of our children.
As a mother, my heart broke as I watched mothers weep when their newborn babies were placed in their arms after surviving the treacherous boat trip across the mediterranean with nothing but the bags on their backs.
Agents of Change
Grassroot Soccer visits the Football for Hope Center in Khayelitsha, South Africa’s fastest growing township on the outskirts of Cape Town, to highlight some of our young agents of change.
Winning the War
Vietnam has made impressive gains in economic growth and social development over the last 20 years, but these improvements vary widely between place, ethnicity and language group. High neonatal and maternal mortality, malnutrition, poor sanitation and hygiene, poor water quality, increased HIV transmission from mother to child, and child injuries are all continuing threats to child survival. We live in a world where children’s lives are in danger from illnesses that are easy to treat, or preventable with a vaccine. Unicef is continuing to fight this battle with children being vaccinated against measles, which kills more than 145,700 children worldwide every year.
Dar es Salaam
A Ray of Hope
One of the marginalized populations that PASADA (Pastoral Activities and services for people living with Aids, Dar Esalaam) continues to work with is sex workers and their children. PASADA goes to the community themselves because the majority of sex workers do not have time to come to the health care facilities and also because of the massive stigma that they face. The result is that more mothers are testing their babies, which means more children are surviving and both mother and child are accessing care and treatment services.
Iraq – Domiz Refugee Camp
A Long Way Home
Syria is one of the most dangerous places on Earth to be a child. Over 14 million Syrian children’s lives have been affected by the war. These children have experienced indiscriminate violence and witnessed unspeakable abuse. And for some, these horrors are all they’ve known. More than 100,000 Syrian children have been born as refugees since the conflict began. Children who’ve fled their homes because of fighting are now vulnerable to disease and malnutrition, as well as increasing violence and exploitation including child labour and child marriage.
Starting Small, Dreaming Big
In 2003, The Q Fund opened the school doors of its flagship initiative: Chimoza Community School outside of Ndola, Zambia. Situated near the old abandoned copper mines, the school began as an effort by a retired headmaster to educate children who could not afford the fees associated with attending the local government school.
Revisiting Ward 47
Four children shared their hopes and dreams in a 2010 World Cup documentary. We followed up four years later in this gang-ravaged area, to find out what has happened to them.
Good Business Trailer
An educational film for the Fetzer Institute, exploring the life and motivation
of Pick n Pay founders, Raymond and Wendy Ackerman.
Can love, compassion, and forgiveness inform a successful business model.
Mokala, Northern Cape
Flying on Dead Man’s Curve
Shooting a game capture operation from a helicopter, you quickly learn a few things. The chopper moves fast. The animals move fast. You have to move fast too.
Korogocho Slum, Nairobi
Food Crisis In Africa
This series of images, aims to create awareness around the severity of malnutrition and what UNICEF is doing to eradicate the problem in the Korogocho slum, Nairobi.
Free Education for All?
This series of images was shot in Cameroon acknowledging Unicef’s attempt to fix the broken promise of free education for all
Marks of Change Campaign
A series of Black and White Portraits shot in a studio setting with the aim of celebrating the beauty of teenagers and mothers, and the difficulties associated with stretch marks.
Operation Smile is an international medical charity whose global network of thousands of credentialed medical volunteers performs free surgeries for children born with cleft lip, cleft palate and other facial deformities. In 2011 we met Naomi, on a mission with Operation Smile in Kinshasa, DRC. A forty-five minute operation on her cleft lip, which was previously impossible, changed this young girl’s life forever
Voice of Hope
CRF Teen Radio are adding their voice to the Atlantis community discussion.
What a great day spent with these young agents of change.
Growing the Future
A look at the impact being made through education and a small scale farming initiative – supported by Coronation
The film was made collaboratively with Timmy Henny productions
I am a Child
We had opportunity to spend the day with the amazing Lindelwa – mother, teacher and inspiration to all.
Early Child Development (ECD) remains a critical part of South Africa’s future, and Masicorp continues to contribute massively to the positive change happening through education in Masiphumelele (Cape Town)
My Future is Free
Amazed at what a little vision, a lot of passion and commitment can produce with the well-timed opportunity and appropriate partnerships!
Spent some time with the guys in Khayamandi (Stellenbosch, RSA) as they prepared for the ABSA Cape Epic.
Loved seeing the kids on their BMX track too.
Beyond Sport – Exxaro MTB Academy
How does a simple sport, like mountain biking, transform communities?
Exxaro partners with the Absa Cape Epic, and uses the world’s most famous MTB race as a platform for development and transformation in South Africa
South Africa 2010
Football for Hope
This series of images, celebrate the colour, life, unity and spirit behind Africa’s first ever, world cup.