Archive | January, 2011

Shasha’s story: UNICEF revisits a Haitian girl in a camp for the displaced

Children in Haiti are still reeling from the impact of the 12 January 2010 earthquake. Here is one in a series of stories on the long road from relief to recovery, a year later.

VIDEO: UNICEF correspondent Thomas Nybo reports on a young Haitian girl’s hope for continued education, a year after the earthquake.

By Thomas Nybo

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, 19 January 2011 – When the UNICEF communications team caught up with Shasha Liza, 14, in early December, she was alone in a tent, cutting up chicken feet, which her mother would cook and sell on the streets. Shasha was still in the camp where she had been living since her home was destroyed in the January 2010 earthquake.

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Christine’s story: A 14-year-old Haitian student braves the aftermath of the earthquake

Children in Haiti are still reeling from the lingering impact of the 12 January 2010 earthquake. Here is one in a series of stories on the long road from relief to recovery, a year later.

By Thomas Nybo

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A Haitian engineer helps UNICEF rebuild education from the ruins

By Tania McBride

Children in Haiti are still reeling from the lingering impact of the 12 January 2010 earthquake. Here is one in a series of stories on the long road from relief to recovery, a year later.

Turn 180 degrees, however, and the picture is different. Blue and white tarpaulins still cling to the hillside 12 months after the January 2010 earthquake that shattered the lives of children and families across Haiti.

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Rebuilding Haiti’s education system one year after the earthquake

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Children locate countries on an inflatable globe, during class in a tent set up on the grounds at an orphanage, in the city of Jacmel.

By Pi James

NEW YORK, USA, 6 January 2011 – UNICEF podcast moderator Amy Costello spoke with Carlos Vasquez, architect and UNICEF Education Specialist, and Tania McBride, UNICEF Communication Specialist for Haiti, to find out how the educational system is managing to move forward one year post-earthquake.

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Educating against cholera in Haiti

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Alcema (red shirt) , 14, talks about the hygiene session that has taken place in the camp where he lives, in Port au Prince, Haiti.

By Pi James

NEW YORK, USA, 6 January 2011 – The children of Haiti suffered multiple crises in 2010, from the January 12 earthquake, to the devastation caused by Hurricane Tomas, and the outbreak of cholera in October – all of which seriously affected children’s access to education.

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Building education from the ruins

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Christie Lafontant and her classmates back in school at Ecole Vision Nouvelle. Christie is one of the children at the school who is benefitting from eight semi-permanent classrooms that have been recently constructed by UNICEF.

By Tania McBride

Port-au-Prince, Haiti – 10 December 2010 – From a hill in the densely populated Delmas area of Port-au-Prince, where vendors hawk household goods, charcoal, vegetables, and multi-coloured paintings, there is a stunning post-card view of the ocean.

Turn 180 degrees, and the picture is somewhat different. Blue and white tarpaulins still cling to the hillside 12 months after the January 2010 earthquake that shattered countless lives of children and families in Haiti.

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