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Kids you are helping by Trick-or-Treating for UNICEF—Rosie Bell in Nicaragua

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 brother.

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.

Feature Film: Not My Life

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 endtrafficking@unicefusa.org. Educator resources on child trafficking can be found at http://teachunicef.org/explore/topic/child-trafficking.

A multi-cultural school in Bosnia and Herzegovina brings out the best in children

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.

My Emotions

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.

After the conflict, young people work to bring about social change in Kosovo

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.”

 

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