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Dec 6, 2019

Update: UNICEF in the Central African Republic

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UNICEF/UN08032/Le Du

Dear Friend,

With over 2.9 million people in need, including 1.5 million children, the Central African Republic (CAR) is facing one of the worst humanitarian crises in the world, given the proportion of the population in need of assistance.

Thanks to your support, UNICEF continues to focus on the protection needs of children, including their release from armed groups, reunification with their families and the provision of psychosocial support, while scaling up programming addressing sexual exploitation and abuse. UNICEF will maintain gender-sensitive water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) facilities and services on settlements for displaced people across the country and improve immunization rates in crisis-affected areas. Activities also support the resilience of children and their communities, including through cash-based approaches in emergency situations, and strong accountability to affected populations.

Thanks to contributions like yours, UNICEF and partners reached the following various programmatic goals, as of August 2019:

  • More than 18,000 children with severe, acutre malnutrition admitted for therapeutic care;
  • More than 30,000 children vaccinated against measles;
  • Nearly 210,000 crisis-affected people accessing safe water;
  • Nearly 53,000 children reached with psychosocial support, including access to child-friendly spaces;
  • Nearly 1,000 children released from armed groups benefiting from socioeconomic reintegration and support;
  • More than 76,000 boys and girls in crisis-affected areas accessing education

UNICEF will continue working to ensure children in the Central African Republic survive and thrive. From access to health and nutrition services to education opportunities, access to safe water and essential psychosocial support, your contribution is vital.

In Partnership,
Whitney Simon

Nov 25, 2019

Update: Rebuilding after Hurricane Dorian

Dear Friend,

Due to your tremendous support, UNICEF has been able to provide critical supplies to children and families affected by Hurricane Dorian. Within 3 weeks of the hurricane, UNICEF and partners were able to achieve the following results:

  • Delivered water, sanitation and hygiene supplies to 4 clinics, reaching 5,000 people 
  • Trained 65 school counsellors and school psychologists, including 25 pre-school teachers, to deliver improved psychoeducational care.
  • Procured supplementary recreation supplies to support children in 42 public schools in Nassau to host children evacuated. 
  • Worked with partners to repair four schools in Grand Bahama to ensure they are recovered and safe
    to reopen with capacity for 2,000 students
  • Through UNICEF-supported activities, over 300 children and caregivers living in shelters managed by the
    Department of Social Services, received culturally relevant psychosocial support services to address the psychological effects and social disruptions caused by the disaster

While the needed support identified by the Bahamian government has been met, UNICEF remains committed to supporting children and families in the Caribbean region. Thank you for your tremendous support of this work and for partnering with UNICEF on behalf of children and families affected by this disaster. 

In Partnership,

Whitney

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Nov 22, 2019

Update: Ahmad's Story

Ahmad, left, and his fellow students  UNICEF
Ahmad, left, and his fellow students UNICEF

Dear Friend,

The Syria crisis, now in its ninth year, has had a disastrous impact on the lives of children, youth and their families across the region. Since 2011, the crisis has affected over 11.8 million Syrians. Due to your support, UNICEF has been able to work alongside partners to ensure that Syrian children are able to continue learning, despite the face that 1/3 of Syrian schools have been damaged or destroyed.

Four years ago, Ahmad was enjoying the summer break and preparing to enter sixth grade when violence escalated in his hometown of Mari'a in rural Deir-ez-Zor, Syria. Ahmad and his family had to flee the fighting. Ahmad, his parents and six siblings moved four times in the next three years, from one village to another, as the Syrian civil war raged around them. Last year, they finally settled in Areesheh camp in Al-Hasakeh Governate. "It was the most challenging time of my life," Ahmad recalls. "Imagine going from one place to another, barely staying a few months."

But Ahmad chose not to give up. His family fled with very few belongings. He grabbed some books from his father's library and a small blackboard. I didn't know how long I would be out of school. But I wanted to make sure that I did not forget what I had already learned.

Soon after Ahmad and his family moved into the tented camp of Areesheh in the Hassakeh Governate, UNICEF set up several tents to serve as an educational center for out-of-school children. At the center, children between the ages of 6 and 15 study English, Arabic, math and sciences, including physics and chemistry, using a Self-Learning Program (SLP), with the help of volunteers. Thanks to your support and to the Self-Learning Program from Educate A Child and UNICEF USA, their futures look brighter. "I always keep in mind that if I don't study now, I will regret it in the future," says Ahmad, wise beyond his years. Only a year into his studies at the center, Ahmad and 21 other students sat for placement exams and obtained their Grade 6 certificate.

Ahmad is just one of more than 139,000 students who have benefited from this program, and we so appreciate your support of ensuring their access to continued learning opportunities.

Ahmad dreams of becoming an engineer and is confident of what the future holds for him, with renewed hope to continue his education.

"What keeps me going, despite the displacement and violence I have witnessed, is that I know I will succeed. I'm not afraid of the future because I'm preparing myself for it, with my education."

Due to your support, UNICEF and partners continue to work across Syria and in neighboring countries to help provide children with essential health, education, protection and nutrition services and to help build families' resilience.

 

In Partnership,

Whitney Simon

 
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