Almost 800 million people around the world don't have
access to clean, safe water including one third of the people living in Nicaragua's
country side. Until recently 12 year old, Rosie Bell used to get up at the crack
of dawn and walk a mile and a half to fetch water for her family from a creek.
Despite all this effort the water was unclean and dirty. Consuming the unclean
water caused a nearly fatal case of cholera for Rosie's younger
UNICEF has installed a solar powered water pump and filtration system for a new well in this Nicaraguan community. The new well provides pure clean water that is pumped directly into households. Rosie Bell and other kids are now safe from contracting fatal water borne diseases. Rosie Bell no longer has to take the daily long walk and can attend school.
Around the world there are 150 million orphans. 650,000 orphans live in Nepal itself. When you Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF you are helping bring the essentials of life to children who need them the most. Like 13 year old Nirmala an orphan who is taking care of her siblings and dreams of attending school and getting an education.
Not My Life, with this accompanying viewing guide, depicts the scourge of human trafficking on a global scale, contains some graphic scenes and is recommended only for a mature audience. Filmed on five continents in a dozen countries, Not My Life takes viewers into a world where millions of children are exploited through practices including forced labor, domestic servitude, begging, sex tourism and child soldiering. This 32-minute version of the film was created in partnership with the U.S. Fund for UNICEF’s End Trafficking project. For more information email email@example.com. Educator resources on child trafficking can be found at http://teachunicef.org/explore/topic/child-trafficking.
This Water Activity Sheet, designed for students from 6th to 8th grades, provides students with background information on the world water crisis and how they can make a difference.
In Bosnia, the ethnic tensions that triggered the siege of Sarajevo in the mid-1990s are still visible in some schools where separate curricula are used for different ethnic groups. The Džemaludin Čaušević Primary School is an exception. This multi-ethnic, multi-cultural school is open to all students regardless of ethnicity. It serves as an example of how multi-cultural approaches to learning bring out the best in children and communities.
In Ethiopia, UNICEF is supporting a pilot program in which older youth help prepare young pre-school and kindergarten students for school through tutoring. This child to child program demonstrates how youth can get involved in their communities at a young age and make a difference in the lives of others.
The Friendship Games is a sporting event organized by the Haitian and Dominican Olympic Committees to foster friendship and understanding between children in these neighboring countries. Although the nations have cultural differences, the games remind youth and adults that they share many similarities with one another, including a love for soccer.
The One Minutes Jr. network conducts workshops around the world that encourage youth to create sixty-second videos that clearly and creatively express issues of importance in their lives. The network is supported by UNICEF and the European Cultural Foundation. In this one minute video, a Malaysian youth reveals his many layered emotions by removing a stack of hand-drawn paper masks. The short video playfully explores the wide range of human emotions.
Three young people from Kosovo discuss how they are helping to bring about social change in their communities. In a country that is still ethnically divided and struggling with socio-economic, health and education issues, these adolescents are working on projects that bring together youth of different ethnic groups to work on issues that concern everyone. As one states, “We don’t need to talk about peace to build peace. You bring people together to work on some issues and in that way you show that it’s possible for people to work and live together.”