Sep 20, 2018

Syria: Internally displaced children in Idlib


Dear Friend,

Since the beginning of September 2018, thousands of people have been displaced, following a recent escalation of hostilities in north-west Syria. UNICEF estimates that many children are at risk, with recent violence jeopardizing their wellbeing. Many children in Idlib have been displaced over six times from one camp to another, fleeing the violence. While only limited humanitarian access is possible in Idlib through UNICEF’s partners in Idlib, western Aleppo and northern Hama; UNICEF and partners are delivering lifesaving assistance and preparing for expected displacement of civilians. This includes supplies for water, sanitation and hygiene, health, nutrition, child protection, and education. 

Your support of these ongoing efforts is greatly appreciated.


Sep 7, 2018

Update: 703 children need humanitarian assistance

Rohingya Refugee Crisis
Rohingya Refugee Crisis

Dear Friend,

The plight of the Rohingya refugees remains dire. As 12-year old Umme recounts, “Houses were burning and there were rocket launchers. Killing people after arresting them. They were burning villages and we couldn’t move. We couldn’t go to the forest or fish, so we couldn’t eat. That’s why we fled."

Right now, the global community has come together to create the largest refugee camp in the world, housing more than 700,000 people. There are health centers, vaccinations, psychosocial support, child-friendly centers throughout, and an elementary educational system. It’s a massive, coordinated effort by government and non-governmental organizations to provide relief at a time when it’s needed most.

Umme’s story is one no child should tell. Yet, it’s an all-too-familiar one in the Bangladesh refugee settlements.

UNICEF is mobilizing to keep Rohingya children safe, healthy and dry during the monsoon season. Vital infrastructure is being reinforced and medical supplies prepositioned to handle the threat of illnesses like cholera — an acute diarrheal disease that can kill a child within hours if not treated. The water supply is being protected, and supplies families will need to keep their water safe and clean — hygiene kits, water purification tablets, chlorine, soap and buckets — stockpiled. Vaccination teams are administering the oral cholera vaccine to 1.1 million people, and community volunteers are fanning out to educate families on how to protect themselves.

Here are some actions you can take:

  • Share the story of a Rohingya refugee child, click here.
  • Donate to this project to provide life-saving support.

More financial resources are needed to support this mobilization. Please take action and engage your community for the Rohingya refugee children.

Thank you for putting children first.


Aug 8, 2018

Update: Building Futures

Dear Friend,

The development of quality alternative education models is critical to reaching out-of-school children in Syria and to retaining those children who are in school. It is against this backdrop that UNICEF developed the Self-Learning Program in Syria. The Self-Learning Program enables children with limited or no access to school to continue their learning at home, in non-governmental organization centers or in community learning centers. The program helps children both catch up with lost learning and prepare for placement tests and national exams, ultimately offering a pathway for reintegration into formal education systems and opening a lifetime of possibilities.

The Self-Learning Program adopts a community-based approach for out-of-school children in both government-controlled and non-government-controlled areas in Syria. By working directly with NGOs and communities, ownership and accountability are shared between relevant authorities and their communities, improving the prospect for education of out-of-school children in very disadvantaged locations.

The Self-Learning Program reaches children between 6 and 19 years old, covering subject matter from Grades 1 to 9. The key to the Self-Learning Program is the Self-Learning Materials. Fifty different Self-Learning Material, including topics such as Arabic, English, mathematics and science. All of them are available, giving children a wide range of knowledge that will propel them towards brighter futures.

Together with partners, UNICEF is engaged in ongoing work to implement the Self-Learning Programin a way that is mindful of the deeply complex operational environment in Syria. With large populations of displaced persons, widespread violence, multiple armed groups and civilian authorities vying for control, a fractured and overstretched education system and widespread poverty, Syrian families find it extremely challenging to prioritize education when they have difficulty meeting even their basic daily needs.

Thank you for your continued support of the Self-Learning Program in Syria. Your support is extremely valuable to impacting the lives of children still in Syria.

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