Calling for Change
Women and girls in Kenya do not enjoy the same rights as men. Action Aid focuses on supporting local women’s groups who stop women and girls from being abused.
Umama Onesibindi – Mother of Courage is a photographic tribute to all the children and women across Africa who have chosen life and stood firm in the face of adversity.
“We want to make the kind of progress that will make Rwanda unrecognizable to those who define us by our tragic history. The future we are building is the future Rwandans deserve.” – Paul Kagame
Raising The Future
Since it’s inception, M2M programmes have virtually eliminated mother-to-child transmission of HIV
Against All Odds
Sadly, twenty-year-old Awa, almost lost her first and only child to chronic acute malnutrition. Nantene, who was only 18 months old kept losing weight and was constantly ill.
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.
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.
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.