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Access to Clean Water in Rwanda

UNICEF strives to provide clean drinking water to everyone. In this video, see how a well being placed in a Rwandan village changed the lives of two young orphans and their siblings. The children no longer have to walk for hours or get hurt trying to find clean water for their families. Easy access to drinking water has improved the health of these families as well as giving the children peace of mind.

SMS Technology in Rwanda

UNICEF's mission is to save and protect children's lives, as well as the lives of their families. In this video, see how SMS technology has helped decrease maternal mortality rates. UNICEF launched a program where volunteers were given cellphones with rapid SMS enabled technology that sends health information about pregnant women to the hospital. In emergency cases, this technology is able to alert an ambulance and can get the woman to the hospital. Thanks to UNICEF's support, these women are now able to get to the health center on time and receive the medial support they need.

Child Protection in Guatemala

In Guatemala, only 2% of sexual assaults are reported. In this video, hear Yasmin's story of overcoming the emotional and psychological traumas caused by her step-father sexually assaulting her. Yasmin is receiving treatment at Refuge for Children, a UNICEF-assisted program, which has provided the support she needs to start recovering. UNICEF is working in Guatemala to strengthen law enforcement's response to reports of sexual abuse and violence.

Global Citizenship Brief Philippines: Lesson Plan (Grades 6-8)

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Through experiential exercises, readings, and videos, students will discover that climate change has a significant impact on real people’s lives, especially children’s. Students will read about and discuss an extreme weather event partially resulting from climate change—2013’s Super Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. They will learn about the concept of disaster risk reduction (DRR) and the efforts of UNICEF and its partners to identify and assess risk in order to increase resiliency ahead of future disasters. Finally, students will study the DRR plans in their area and determine how well they meet the needs of young people in our new reality influenced by climate change.

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