Unicef Canada

For Displaced Syrian Mothers, Times Of Hardship And Determination

UNICEF Canada | Posted 04.24.2017 | Canada Impact

Continued violence and insecurity in Syria have driven 6.8 million people from their homes. Amid the severe deprivation and uncertainty that come with displacement, mothers like Nada, 28, draw on whatever support they can get to meet their children's basic needs while aspiring for a better future.

Children Of Besieged Madaya Trapped Between Two Realities

UNICEF Canada | Posted 04.20.2017 | Canada Impact

Until all sieges across Syria are lifted, Madaya and the many other besieged areas just like it remain a two-sided reality aspiring for peace and normality. "We only need peace," a young man told me. "We need to feel safe and lead normal lives again."

Why A Child's First 1,000 Days Make All The Difference

UNICEF Canada | Posted 04.19.2017 | Canada Impact

Children get the best start in life when they spend their early years lovingly nurtured by engaged caregivers. Helping parents raise healthy, well-adjusted kids is a win-win situation: what's good for the kids is also good for the world.

Creating The World We Want Through Sport

UNICEF Canada | Posted 04.04.2017 | Canada Impact

April 6 is the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace, a day when we recognize the tremendous power of sport. Evidence shows that the benefits of sport are undeniable. For instance, according to the World Health Organization, for every $1 spent on sports-related programs, $3 is saved on public health care costs.

Syria's War Is The Shame Of A Generation

UNICEF Canada | Posted 03.31.2017 | Canada

Forget geopolitics that make it all too easy to declare ourselves powerless. Think instead of the Syrian children and teens, of the millions of internally displaced persons and millions of refugee children whose journeys have been much too perilous. We all have a role to play in ensuring a better future for vulnerable children in Syria and in the neighbouring countries that have so generously opened their doors to nearly five million Syrians.

Poverty, Hunger And Disease Cripple Childhood In Yemen

UNICEF Canada | Posted 03.29.2017 | Canada Impact

As the conflict in Yemen enters its third year, families' coping mechanisms are being stretched to their limit, risking a total collapse in resilience.Yemen is now the largest food security emergency in the world. The number of extremely poor and vulnerable people is skyrocketing.

How Aleppo's Orphans Find A Place To Call Home

UNICEF Canada | Posted 03.27.2017 | Canada Impact

The shelter in Aleppo seems plucked out of a fairy tale. Mohammad and his siblings stepped through the welcoming green door and walked into a safe place for the first time in months. They were surrounded by a tiny garden filled with Jasmine flowers and olive trees and a big house filled with children laughing and playing.

Water Is A Family Affair

UNICEF Canada | Posted 03.22.2017 | Canada Impact

For millions of people around the globe, water, sanitation and hygiene conditions have improved. Still, in 2017, 663 million people are using unsafe drinking water. VII Photo's Ashley Gilbertson photographed in seven countries for UNICEF, making portraits of families and their daily water use.

What Drought Leaves Behind

UNICEF Canada | Posted 03.17.2017 | Canada Impact

In late 2016 when the rains failed, a severe drought hit the arid and semi-arid regions of Kenya, affecting over 2.7 million people. Marsabit is one of the hardest hit counties, where thousands of children are food insecure and in dire need of treatment for severe malnutrition.

Children's Suffering In Syria Is At Its Worst

UNICEF Canada | Posted 03.13.2017 | Canada Impact

Challenges in access in several parts of Syria stand in the way of assessing the full scale of children's suffering and of urgently getting humanitarian assistance to the most vulnerable girls and boys. Beyond the bombs, bullets and explosions, children are dying in silence often from diseases that can otherwise be easily prevented. Access to medical care, lifesaving supplies and other basic services remains difficult.

Famine Threatens 1.4 Million Children, But There's Still Hope

UNICEF Canada | Posted 03.01.2017 | Canada Impact

Famine has been declared in parts of South Sudan and looms in Nigeria, Somalia and Yemen. Every day children are dying and UNICEF is working with partners to provide life-saving support for children and families. These are the stories of some of the children caught in this crisis.

Going The Extra Mile To Vaccinate Children Trapped By Conflict

UNICEF Canada | Posted 02.17.2017 | Canada Impact

Conflict attacks the systems that support the routines of daily life. The result is that, during conflict, millions of children miss out on the basic vaccines they need to stay healthy and have a fair chance in life. Most often the children affected are the most vulnerable to disease.

6 Years Of War Have Given Syrian Winters A Chilling New Meaning

UNICEF Canada | Posted 02.13.2017 | Canada Impact

For children and their families across Syria, winter used to bring joy. But after six years of conflict, childhood memories of getting cozy around the heater, playing in the snow and warm winter clothes are all but forgotten.

The Many Faces Of Children In Crisis

UNICEF Canada | Posted 01.31.2017 | Canada Impact

From Syria to Yemen and Iraq, from South Sudan to Nigeria, children are affected by relentless conflicts and displacement crises, as well as devastation wrought by natural disasters.

For One Child, Education Is The Solution To Yemen Violence

UNICEF Canada | Posted 01.23.2017 | Canada Impact

Before the conflict in Yemen escalated, 10-year-old Fahd lived peacefully with his family in the northern city of Sa'ada. His routine was to wake up every morning, go to school, play with friends in the evenings and go back home for dinner and do his school homework.

South Sudan Is A Forgotten Children's Catastrophe

UNICEF Canada | Posted 01.19.2017 | Canada Impact

Three years of conflict in South Sudan have taken a massive toll on the lives of millions of children and women across the country. As a result of the violence that erupted in December, 2013, nearly 3.1 million South Sudanese have been forced to flee their homes, with children representing about half of all those who are displaced.

Children Suffer As Taps Run Dry In Syria's Capital

UNICEF Canada | Posted 01.12.2017 | Canada Impact

An estimated 5.5 million people, including two million children, have been cut off from running water for over three weeks in Damascus and its surroundings, the longest cut Syria's capital has seen. Intense fighting damaged the water infrastructure for the two main drinking water sources for Damascus.

How One Syrian Family Is Settling In To Their New Life In P.E.I.

UNICEF Canada | Posted 01.06.2017 | Canada Impact

The brutal Syrian conflict has forced over 2.2 million children to flee to neighbouring countries and beyond. Basel Alrashdan, 11, and his family were the first Syrian family to be resettled on Canada's Prince Edward Island.

Drought Is Forcing Somali Families To Split Up Just To Survive

UNICEF Canada | Posted 01.05.2017 | Canada Impact

Khadija and her fellow villagers are among the five million people - nearly two out of every five Somalis - facing food shortages exacerbated as a result of the ongoing drought. Failed crops and the loss of livestock are causing widespread misery, malnutrition and disease.

Syrian Winter Is The Latest Threat To Aleppo's Children Of War

UNICEF Canada | Posted 12.19.2016 | Canada Impact

"The winter months are even more brutal for children inside Syria. I saw children who fled their homes with nothing but the clothes on their back. After the horrors they have lived through, now they have to cope with the piercing cold."

Preparing For Winter In Jordan's Za'atari Refugee Camp

UNICEF Canada | Posted 12.07.2016 | Canada Impact

Originally from Dara'a in Syria, the family have been in Za'atari since its beginning and are coming up to the five-year mark of living in the camp. Lina, the youngest, was born in the camp, and Adnan was only one month old when he arrived and says that he doesn't remember Syria.

New Film Highlights Urgent Need To End Violence Against Children

UNICEF Canada | Posted 12.06.2016 | Canada Impact

The animations in the film depict all too common forms of violence that boys and girls endure in spaces where they should be safe -- their homes, schools, online and in their communities. Every five minutes, somewhere in the world, a child dies from violence. Millions more are in danger of physical, emotional and sexual abuse that could destroy their childhoods forever.

Supporting Haiti During And After The Crisis

UNICEF Canada | Posted 11.21.2016 | Canada Impact

Haiti is a structurally vulnerable country where a crisis is never far away, often sweeping in with rain, floods, earthquakes, hurricanes and cholera to wreak havoc on the nation's priorities. When I arrived in Haiti in 2007, the 2004 disaster in Gonaives was still fresh in everyone's minds. A year later, the same city was once again flooded. When I came back in 2012, the earthquake had left thousands of people in Port au Prince homeless and cholera was rapidly spreading.

The Silent Crisis Of Eastern Cameroon

UNICEF Canada | Posted 11.18.2016 | Canada Impact

Following the civil war, 260,000 Central African refugees found shelter in neighbouring Cameroon including 62 per cent of children, living in very precarious conditions in refugee camps or with host communities. More than 88,000 children are still not in school.

3 Ways To Keep Momentum Going Halfway Through The School Year

UNICEF Canada | Posted 11.18.2016 | Canada

Congratulations! You and your family have passed the couple of months with kids back at school. Now is a good time to assess how it's going for your c...