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We believe that nurturing and caring for children are the cornerstones of human progress. UNICEF was created with this purpose in mind – to work with others to overcome the obstacles that poverty, violence, disease and discrimination place in a child’s path. We believe that we can, together, advance the cause of humanity. We advocate for measures to give children the best start in life, because proper care at the youngest age forms the strongest foundation for a person’s future.

07/29/2020
Vaccines work

COVID-19 is a global health crisis, and if we let it prevent us from delivering life-saving immunization services to children, another global health crisis won’t be far behind. We have to make vaccinations a priority for every child.

COVID-19 is hitting children harder than you might think. The economic impacts of the pandemic have left millions of fam...
07/28/2020

COVID-19 is hitting children harder than you might think. The economic impacts of the pandemic have left millions of families unable to access or afford their regular supplies of nutritious food. Children are now eating less food and lower quality diets. 6.7 million more could become severely undernourished this year and the effects could last a lifetime - unless we act now.

To prevent a deepening learning crisis for children, schools should be among the first institutions to reopen as countri...
07/28/2020
Framework for Reopening Schools

To prevent a deepening learning crisis for children, schools should be among the first institutions to reopen as countries recover from COVID-19.

This is how governments can support schools to reopen safely.

07/28/2020
Nastya's Home Diary

While living under the shadow of conflict and COVID-19, Nastya, 16, finds comfort through education, hobbies and family time in eastern Ukraine.

We share a global goal for this baby in Mauritania and millions of other children throughout the world: to end malnutrit...
07/28/2020

We share a global goal for this baby in Mauritania and millions of other children throughout the world: to end malnutrition in all its forms. But the COVID-19 pandemic is disrupting food supplies and confronting us all with a harsh reality: 10,000 more children could die from malnutrition every month this year.

Children urgently need action to survive today and to thrive in the years to come. We must ensure every family has access to affordable and nutritious diets. It’s time to lift children up.

As COVID-19 continues to spread, so does misinformation.This helpline centre in Islamabad, Pakistan is open from 8:00 am...
07/28/2020

As COVID-19 continues to spread, so does misinformation.

This helpline centre in Islamabad, Pakistan is open from 8:00 am to midnight every day, seven days a week. The dedicated staff provide life-saving information on how people can keep themselves and their loved ones safe from the virus, and connect them with a doctor when required. Since the outbreak, the centre has been inundated, on some days they receive up to 70,000 calls.

UNICEF is on the ground in more than 190 countries, partnering with front-line responders to help provide the information and resources they need to keep families safe, informed and healthy. It's time for facts, not fear.

The domino effects of COVID-19 are causing more harm to children than the disease itself. By disrupting supplies of nutr...
07/27/2020

The domino effects of COVID-19 are causing more harm to children than the disease itself. By disrupting supplies of nutritious foods, the pandemic could leave a staggering 6.7 million more young children dangerously malnourished this year.

We cannot allow children like Sarah, in South Sudan, to become the overlooked victims of this crisis. It’s time to respond, recover and reimagine a future where every child thrives with nutritious food.

16 teen girls from nine different countries used their phones to film their lives and share their fears and hopes for th...
07/27/2020
Coping with COVID-19

16 teen girls from nine different countries used their phones to film their lives and share their fears and hopes for the future. These are the stories that need to be heard as we reimagine a better world for every child.

Sixteen adolescent girls from nine countries film their lives locked down by inequality, injustice and coronavirus

07/27/2020
For every child, 💧

Handwashing is one of the most effective ways to slow the spread of COVID-19. Yet, millions of children around the world still lack access to clean water, sanitation and hygiene supplies.

We’re working to scale up our response to keep every child safe.

“I miss my school, my teachers and my friends.” 11-year-old Dechen in Bhutan is doing her best to learn during COVID-19,...
07/27/2020

“I miss my school, my teachers and my friends.” 11-year-old Dechen in Bhutan is doing her best to learn during COVID-19, but is finding it hard to study without the help of her teachers. “I understand the lessons better in school when our teachers explain; I don’t understand much when I watch it on TV. At school, the teacher explains until we understand the lessons but on television, the lessons go very fast and we can’t catch up.”

To help children reach their full potential, UNICEF is calling for schools to be the first public services to re-open as communities recover from COVID-19.

💙💙💙To slow the spread of COVID-19 and support vulnerable families, UNICEF and partners have been working with communitie...
07/26/2020

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To slow the spread of COVID-19 and support vulnerable families, UNICEF and partners have been working with communities in Jamaica to make and distribute masks and food packages.

07/26/2020
Olivia by Ian Falconer

What was your favourite childhood book?

With much of the outside world out of bounds during the COVID-19 pandemic, we are helping children enjoy the magic of books.

07/26/2020
Rashed’s Home Diary

Rashed, 14, lives in one of the world's largest refugee camps in Bangladesh. This is what he's doing to keep safe from COVID-19.

“I learned that we should stay at least one metre away from other people, that we should sneeze or cough into the fold o...
07/26/2020

“I learned that we should stay at least one metre away from other people, that we should sneeze or cough into the fold of our elbows, that we should wash our hands frequently with clean water and soap, that we shouldn’t shake hands, and we should wear a face mask.”

In a displacement camp in Mali, 15-year-old Hawa is learning how to protect herself and others with the help of UNICEF-supported community workers, who are helping to dispel misinformation and denial about COVID-19.

Young people are starting to reimagine the world they want to see after COVID-19. Let’s not go back to normal, but build...
07/25/2020

Young people are starting to reimagine the world they want to see after COVID-19.

Let’s not go back to normal, but build back better! Illustration by Ellie Zahedi for Voices of Youth.

COVID-19 has shown us all how important access to quality, affordable healthcare really is, especially in a crisis. We m...
07/25/2020

COVID-19 has shown us all how important access to quality, affordable healthcare really is, especially in a crisis. We must reimagine a world where every child and young person has access, no matter where they live or who they are.

For more words of wisdom, visit Voices of Youth, our channel for youth, by youth.

“I want to make sure that the coronavirus doesn’t come here.”Hawa, 15, is doing her best to keep herself and her communi...
07/25/2020
Coronavirus children’s crisis appeal

“I want to make sure that the coronavirus doesn’t come here.”

Hawa, 15, is doing her best to keep herself and her community informed on how to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Living in a crowded displacement camp in Mali, she knows they need to work together to stay safe.

Help provide children like Hawa with soap, safe water and medical supplies by donating today.

Together we must REIMAGINE a fairer world for every child

“My vision for the future is always evolving.”At 21, Betelhem is a tech icon. Splitting her time between three companies...
07/24/2020
Time to do wonders on the web, says a young software developer

“My vision for the future is always evolving.”

At 21, Betelhem is a tech icon. Splitting her time between three companies in Ethiopia, she’s a software developer with a passion for empowering her community, especially young people. For her, embracing change is the only way forward.

says a young software developer

“Start by making the first step – don’t be ‘scared’ of us, step out of your comfort zone and ask us questions about our ...
07/24/2020
What will a world after COVID-19 look like for young people with #ThisAbility?

“Start by making the first step – don’t be ‘scared’ of us, step out of your comfort zone and ask us questions about our conditions but also our interests. Try to see the person before the disability.”

In Bulgaria, Maria is using her time at home during COVID-19 to reimagine a better world for people with disabilities.

See more blogs Personal growth What will a world after COVID-19 look like for young people with #ThisAbility? June 1, 2020 By Maria A Like33 Comments Like33Comments PostSubmit a post Image Image Credit UNICEF Bulgaria/2019/Nabrdalik Chapter I: Adolescents, COVID-19 and mental health. Being a teenage...

07/24/2020
Episode 1 I A pandemic through a girl’s eyes

In episode one of ‘Coping with COVID-19’, 16 girls show us how they’re dealing with a lack of access to education, gender inequality and harmful practices such as child marriage and female genital mutilation.

For children without computers or smartphones, remote learning can be even more difficult during COVID-19. 11-year-old D...
07/24/2020
The daughter of Tsangkhar

For children without computers or smartphones, remote learning can be even more difficult during COVID-19.

11-year-old Dechen, in Bhutan, is working towards a better life - and doing all she can along the way to keep learning.

Despite the pandemic prolonging the closure of schools, a child in remote Bhutan sees hope in education.

In Georgia, school closures due to COVID-19 have left children relying on the internet - even if they don’t have the mea...
07/24/2020
In Georgia, COVID-19 threatens to widen the education gap

In Georgia, school closures due to COVID-19 have left children relying on the internet - even if they don’t have the means to access it fully, or at all. Existing education gaps are widening, but we can’t leave any child behind.

The temporary closure of schools and patchy internet access in parts of the country are exacerbating education inequalities

07/23/2020
We choose our path forward

The path of progress is not a straight line. It doesn’t inevitably lead us onward and upward - we choose its direction every day. The last decade of vaccinations for children has shown alarming declines, impressive growth and deep inequalities between different regions of our global community.

Now, COVID-19 is disrupting this life-saving service in more than 60 countries and threatening to throw us all off course. But we choose our path forward. We forge it together by vaccinating our families, supporting our health workers and making bold investments in more equal societies.

“I have no fear of mistakes. I’ll try 1000 times and even if there’s 1000 failures, I’ll make 1001 attempts.”Amina, 17, ...
07/23/2020
Girls Reach for the Stars

“I have no fear of mistakes. I’ll try 1000 times and even if there’s 1000 failures, I’ll make 1001 attempts.”

Amina, 17, is part of Kazakhstan’s first UniSat nanosatellite programme for girls. She’s reaching for the stars, and won’t take no for an answer.

How Kazakhstan's nanosatellite program prepares girls for the future of work

07/23/2020

"Together we can beat coronavirus."

Meet seven-year-old Somaya and find out how she's coping with COVID-19 in Afghanistan through dancing, exercising, studying and playing with her adorable little sister.

In Mali’s displacement camps, young people are learning how they can protect themselves and their community from COVID-1...
07/23/2020
In Mali’s COVID-19 fight, knowledge is power

In Mali’s displacement camps, young people are learning how they can protect themselves and their community from COVID-19.

Young people in Mali’s displacement camps are being empowered with information about how to protect themselves and their communities

“I can use this latrine and my knees won’t bite me.” Rajuma, 6, has a physical disability where she has pain in her knee...
07/23/2020

“I can use this latrine and my knees won’t bite me.”

Rajuma, 6, has a physical disability where she has pain in her knees and is unable to walk long distances.

A UNICEF innovation that transforms a standard latrine into a disability-friendly solution is helping Rajuma to safely and easily use the latrines.

A child's earliest years are the foundation of a good life - the building blocks that support everything that follows. T...
07/22/2020

A child's earliest years are the foundation of a good life - the building blocks that support everything that follows. These critical first years cannot be paused for COVID-19. They are a once in a lifetime chance to learn, grow and develop.

The pandemic is putting this foundation at risk, with at least 40 million children worldwide missing out on early childhood education in their pre-school year because of shuttered facilities. Families need support from their governments and employers to weather this storm and safeguard their children’s development. Let's help all parents make the early moments with affordable, quality child care and early childhood education.

07/22/2020
Trailer I Coping With COVID-19

Five episodes in five weeks. Watch our ‘Coping with COVID-19’ video series, launching this Friday 24 July, to follow 16 girls from nine different countries as they share the challenges they’ve faced, and their hopes for the future.

07/22/2020
Respond. Recover. Reimagine.

For more than 70 years, UNICEF has been on the front lines, protecting children against preventable diseases.

As we respond to COVID-19, thank you for helping reimagine a better world for every child.

07/22/2020
Gio's Home Diary

Gio, 13, is making the best of his time during COVID-19 lockdown in Georgia. From animating to playing games to cooking, he’s finding all sorts of ways to have fun.

Leonardo is wearing a special face mask that makes it possible to communicate with his mum who has a hearing impairment....
07/22/2020

Leonardo is wearing a special face mask that makes it possible to communicate with his mum who has a hearing impairment.

The seamstresses at the Remexe Favelinha atelier in Brazil developed this new model so people can lip read while helping to slow the spread of COVID-19.

"I will wash my hands more often and carefully. I don’t want anyone in my family to be sick because of me."Asia is looki...
07/22/2020
One Love

"I will wash my hands more often and carefully. I don’t want anyone in my family to be sick because of me."

Asia is looking out for her family in Yemen. Will you help look out for her?

Help children affected by the double threat of conflict and COVID-19 by donating today.

To help double the impact, the jewellery brand Pandora is matching donations up to a total of US $1 million.
https://uni.cf/double-the-love

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