Archive | March, 2010

Education forges path from child soldier to child protector

©2009 Kur Achiek Mr. Kur Achiek with an SPLA commander meeting about the demobilization of children in his force at Mapel Barrack.

©2009 Kur Achiek
Mr. Kur Achiek with an SPLA commander meeting about the demobilization of children in his force at Mapel Barrack.

NEW YORK, USA, 19 February 2009 – Abraham Kur Achiek served in the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) as a teenager. Today, he’s in his 30’s and working as a child protection officer for UNICEF in his native Southern Sudan.

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Providing potable water to mountain school in Haiti

©2010 Carlos VasquezVictor and Father Louis, Montagne Jaquot-Merlin, Haiti.

By Carlos Vasquez

23 Feb 2010 – Victor Vincent Kinyanjui, from Kenya and WASH specialist for UNICEF Sierra Leone, and I set out early in morning to visit a rural school on top of mountain Jaquot-Merlin. The school is run by Father Louis Marrie from France. In order to get there we had to cross a dry river that shows clear signs of bank erosion due to heavy water flow during the rainy season.

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WASH in Emergencies

© 2010 Carlos Vasquez
Port-au-Prince. Water bladder.

By Carlos Vasquez

March 2010 – Water and sanitation seem to be the one of the top priorities in cases of emergencies. Health and nutrition are also part of the core services that people require most urgently.

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International Women’s Day: Special podcast on education and gender equality

© UNICEF/NYHQ2004-0338/Mariella Furrer
Two girls at Ruthimitu Primary School in Nairobi, Kenya.

8 March 2010 – This year, International Women’s Day is focusing on the theme: “Equal rights, equal opportunities: Progress for all.” Though significant progress has been made towards gender parity and equality in education, many challenges remain.

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Learning to be leaders in Uganda

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©2009, Stephen Shames / Polaris
L.E.A.D Uganda student Sanyu interviewed at the United Nations Radio.

NEW YORK, USA, 11 March 2010 – UNICEF figures estimate that at least 1.2 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance in Uganda due to droughts, flooding, internal displacement and the return of at least 300,000 Ugandans following the cessation of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) activities.

Other UNICEF statistics reveal that nearly half the estimated 2 million Ugandan orphans are orphaned due to AIDS, and the LRA has abducted more than 25,000 children since 1986.

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Technology brings aid to school children in disaster areas

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Ushahidi maps up-to-date crisis information coming from Haiti via SMS, e-mail, radio, phone, social media and other sources.

By Anna Azaryeva

NEW YORK, USA, 11 March 2010 – The earthquake that shook Chile on 27 February reportedly killed hundreds of people causing widespread damage to homes, hospitals, schools, roads and other infrastructure.

Rescue and recovery efforts are underway while the start of the school year has been suspended for a week.

Meanwhile, intensive aid operations continue in Haiti, which was struck by a catastrophic earthquake just weeks before. The quake affected an estimate of 5,000 schools and approximately 700,000 of primary school-aged children around the country.

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