Archive | February, 2010

Displaced by conflict, students crowd a village school in northern Yemen

© UNICEF Yemen/2010/Sethna,</br>Abdullah Rozoom is the headmaster of the Yarmouk school in al-Mazrak village, north-western Yemen. The school has taken in more than 1,800 students displaced by conflict over the past few months.

© UNICEF Yemen/2010/Sethna,Abdullah Rozoom is the headmaster of the Yarmouk school in al-Mazrak village, north-western Yemen. The school has taken in more than 1,800 students displaced by conflict over the past few months.

By Zahra Sethna

HARADH, Yemen, 17 February 2010 – Just a few months ago, the Yarmouk school at the heart of al-Mazrak, a village in north-western Yemen catered to fewer than 200 students. Now it serves more than 2,000.

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Tent classrooms and school kits help restart education in Haiti’s quake zone

© UNICEF/NYHQ2010-0167/Noorani</br>Steve Cherival (left), 8, and Richard Cherival, 5, play with a board puzzle from a UNICEF Early Childhood Development kit at the Lakay Don Bosco Centre, a residential care facility for children in Port-au-Prince, the Haitian capital.

© UNICEF/NYHQ2010-0167/NooraniSteve Cherival (left), 8, and Richard Cherival, 5, play with a board puzzle from a UNICEF Early Childhood Development kit at the Lakay Don Bosco Centre, a residential care facility for children in Port-au-Prince, the Haitian capital.

By Roshan Khadivi

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, 17 February 2010 – The first day of school in a UNICEF tent classroom was a happy day for Yolanda Senatus, 9 – and a far cry from the tragic day she had experienced just a month earlier.

“I like to draw, sing and play with my friends. I am so happy today,” said Yolanda, who lost both her home and her school in the devastating earthquake that struck Haiti on 12 January.

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A month after the quake, massive aid effort continues for Haitian children and families

© UNICEF/NYHQ2010-0178/Noorani</br>Displaced by the 12 January earthquake, Fabienne Pierre holds daughter Alexi Kerida, 5, at the UNICEF-assisted Lakay Don Bosco centre in Port-au-Prince, the Haitian capital.

© UNICEF/NYHQ2010-0178/NooraniDisplaced by the 12 January earthquake, Fabienne Pierre holds daughter Alexi Kerida, 5, at the UNICEF-assisted Lakay Don Bosco centre in Port-au-Prince, the Haitian capital.

By Guy Hubbard

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, 12 February 2010 – A month after the 12 January earthquake that levelled densely populated areas of Haiti, UNICEF Director of Emergency Operations Louis-Georges Arsenault travels by helicopter over the cities of Port -Au-Prince and Leogane, and on to the southern port of Jacmel.

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Essential education and health supplies reach Somali children

© UNICEF Somalia/2009/Morooka</br>Hodan, 10, reads from a Somali language textbook during class at Sheikh Nur School, Hargeisa, Somalia.

© UNICEF Somalia/2009/MorookaHodan, 10, reads from a Somali language textbook during class at Sheikh Nur School, Hargeisa, Somalia.

By Iman Morooka

HARGEISA, Somalia, 14 January 2010 – Until the most recent school semester, every textbook at Sheikh Nur Primary School was shared by at least four students. But thanks to a new supply, students can now follow their lessons in their very own textbooks.

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From the road to Port au Prince.

© UNICEF/NYHQ2010-0156/Shehzad Noorani</br>Rose-Laure Gedeon, 13, and Windelyne Milford, 15,(left-right) walk past rubble with items they received during a distribution of newly arrived care packages for children, at the UNICEF-assisted Foye Zanmi Jezi orphanage, in the Lilavois neighbourhood of Port-au-Prince, the capital. The quake destroyed both the orphanage building and the adjacent primary school but the children were playing outside at the time and all survived.

© UNICEF/NYHQ2010-0156/Shehzad NooraniRose-Laure Gedeon, 13, and Windelyne Milford, 15,(left-right) walk past rubble with items they received during a distribution of newly arrived care packages for children, at the UNICEF-assisted Foye Zanmi Jezi orphanage, in the Lilavois neighbourhood of Port-au-Prince, the capital. The quake destroyed both the orphanage building and the adjacent primary school but the children were playing outside at the time and all survived.

By Carlos Vasquez

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, 15 February 2010 – When Columbus first arrived in the new world, he established his first settlement on what is today Haiti. The first university, hospital and the first cathedral in the Americas were built on this island; Española.

I was scheduled to fly to Port-Au-Prince on Sunday the 14th from the airport in Dominican Republic, after having checked my backpack I was told to gather my belongings and go back to the UNICEF office in Santo Domingo. The orders from UNICEF were for me to attend meetings and review materials for potential prefab structures.

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UNICEF Executive Director meets quake-affected children and families in Haiti

© UNICEF/NYHQ2010-0161/Noorani</br>During a visit to the Notre Dame des Victoires orphanage in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman talks to a woman carrying a child. The quake has left thousands of children either orphaned or separated from their families.

© UNICEF/NYHQ2010-0161/NooraniDuring a visit to the Notre Dame des Victoires orphanage in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman talks to a woman carrying a child. The quake has left thousands of children either orphaned or separated from their families.

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, 5 February 2010 – UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman visited the Haitian capital yesterday, meeting with UNICEF staff, government leaders and survivors of the massive earthquake that struck here on 12 January.

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