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Innovation to Improve Balochistan's Education System
Quetta, Balochistan: “Balochistan is in a state of Education emergency,” says Secretary Education, Saboor Kakar, “If we do not make efforts to resolve the situation, we may end up with a generation that is light years behind the rest of the world.”
UNICEF Reaching Children and Women in Thar Desert to Counter Malnutrition
Mithi, Tharparkar district, Sindh – May 2015: Having a child who is frail and falls sick frequently is nothing new for Pushpa (27). She is a mother to three young girls and very conscious about their health.
With support from Canada, UNICEF Takes a Leap Forward in Polio Eradication
Gadap Town, Karachi: Gadap is a large urban slum in Karachi, one of the most populous cities in the world. Majority of the inhabitants in Gadap have moved here from the northern tribal areas of Pakistan due to job seeking economic and security concerns.
Innovations Have No limits - Innovative Protection For Vaccines
Getting vaccines to children from where they are produced, to rural Pakistan, unspoiled, is possibly one of the most amazing accomplishments in modern public health that you have never heard about.
Innovations Help Fight Polio in Pakistan
Anam wraps a shawl around her shoulder and covers her face as she tells me about her day-to-day work as a Communication Network (COMNet) social mobiliser. She works in Pakistani communities which are most at risk for the polio virus in the Punjab province
UNICEF and USAID Help Improve Maternal, New-Born and Child Healthcare in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
Bannu, KP – Apr 2015: For the small premises, it is quite a large gathering of men in the front-yard of the Hujra (a gathering place for the community) in Laluzai village.
A Vaccinator’s Resolve to Protect Every Single Child from Vaccine-Preventable Diseases
Nankana Sahib, Punjab – Mar 2015: “I have been vaccinating children for the last 25 years,” says Farrukh Hussain the 43-year-old vaccinator who works at the Basic Health Unit, Budha village in Nankana district.
Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, Helps UNICEF Vaccinate Children against Measles in Pakistan
Sheikhupura, Punjab - Mar 2015: As the vaccinator fills the syringe from a vial containing Measles vaccine, Nishat (30) watches carefully holding her two-year-old son in her arms.
Working for a Healthier Generation: Reaching Out to Communities
Mardan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa - January 2015: Playing with his cousins, 2 year old Mehran seems to be just like any other toddler, comfortable with his surroundings at home.
Powering Up to End Polio: UNICEF and Pakistan’s Karachi Electric Team Up to Spread Crucial Messages, from Football Field to Electricity Bills
Karachi, Sindh - Dec, 2014: “It’s not just the love of the game. It’s also the love of my community.” 15 year old Fateh Muhammed wipes the sweat from his brow after scoring the winning goal to lead his neighborhood team into the semifinals.
UNICEF and DFID Provide Hygiene Kits to Flood Affected Families in Punjab
Jhang, Punjab – November 2014: On a pleasant winter afternoon, Mumtaz Bibi (37) prepares lunch for her family as one of her five daughters walks in carrying a UNICEF jerry can full of clean water taken from a nearby ground water hand pump.
The Tragedy of Peshawar
Islamabad - December 17, 2014: At noon the terrible news came over us: 132 children and several teachers were brutally and deliberately killed in a school in Peshawar. The phone doesn’t stop ringing.
Ensuring Health and Safety for Mother and Child - Life and Work of a Skilled Birth Attendant in Pakistan
Kasur, Punjab – November 2014: “My biggest pleasure is to see that the mother and child are both healthy after the delivery,” says Shagufta Shahzadi (30) a Skilled Birth Attendant (SBA) who lives and works in Nandanpura village, Kasur district, Punjab.
Vocational Training for Adolescents to Brighten their Future
Lahore - Punjab - September 2014: A group of adolescent boys gathers around a table listening attentively to their instructor who tries to explain to them the fine points of repairing an electric motor.
UNICEF Promotes Learning through Sports and Play
Khairpur - Sindh - August 2014: “I stopped going to school after grade one as the teachers used to punish children physically,” says Sana Zahid (12), a grade three student, now enrolled at Girls Primary School (GPS) Sheikh Maula District Khairpur, Sindh.
UNICEF Helps Generate Demand for Immunization and Promotes Positive Health Behaviours among Marginalized Communities
Jacobabad - Sindh - September 2014: Mai Sakeena (40) has four sons and six grandchildren. A resident of village Sardar Shah in Jacobabad district, she has spent most of her life without access to basic resources essential for a healthy life.
UNICEF Mobilizes Disadvantaged Communities and Generates Demand for Improved Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Practices
D.I.Khan - KP - August 2014: Village Chandna is a small rural settlement about 100 kilometres from the city of Dera Ismail Khan (D.I. Khan) in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.
UNICEF Enables Marginalized Communities Become Open Defecation Free
Kashmore - Sindh - August 2014: “All our lives we have been defecating in the fields far from our houses.” says Mai Sayani (48), the first woman to build a latrine in her house in village Tangwani, Kashmore district, Sindh.
Barclays and UNICEF Help Adolescents Brighten Their Futures
Lahore - Punjab - June 2014: “My mother and older sister used to make and sell beaded embroideries, says Saba Asghar (18), a resident of Madina Colony, Lahore. “Sister got married and embroideries fell out of fashion. My family faced a financial crunch.
UNICEF and ECHO Help Rural Communities Counter Malnutrition in Pakistan
Umerkot, Sindh: It was only two months ago that nine-month old Nindoo was diagnosed to be suffering from severe acute malnutrition. Frequent diarrhoea and gradual loss of weight gave his mother, Chothi Usman, sleepless nights.
UNICEF Helps Communities Build Water Ponds for Access to Safe Drinking Water
Rajanpur - Punjab - July 2014: “Walking for miles, at times carrying our children along, to fetch water from the canal was a tough and time consuming activity,” says Parveen Saifullah (28), a resident of Village Abdul Majeed Utra, Rajanpur district.
Communities Build upon UNICEF’s Initiative for Enabling Access to Education in Most Marginalized Communities
RAJANPUR DISTRICT, PAKISTAN; APRIL, 2014 – “People in this village had little idea about the importance of education.” says Hazoor Bakhsh, a highly motivated voluntary teacher at the Non-Formal Basic Education Centre (NFBEC) in Basti Jindani, a village i
Building Bridges with a Cricket Bat
Quetta - Balochistan - April 2014: This may be an ordinary sight on a street or community playground in Pakistan, but there is more to this gruelling cricket match being played at the headquarters of the BBSA, Quetta.
From Garbage Bag to School Bag; IKEAF Helps UNICEF Improve Lives of Children in Punjab
Kissan Colony, Bahawalpur District, Southern Punjab, Pakistan: March 2014 –“I collect garbage every day and sell it to earn some money,” says Abdur Rehman (10). “My family expects me to contribute if I am to get a meal at home. If I don’t collect garbage,
Street Children from Pakistan to Participate in Street Child Football World Cup Rio 2014
KARACHI, PAKISTAN, January 2014 – “Life is good as long as I can come here and practice football,” says Mehmood Alam (15). “I’m very excited and look forward to representing my country in front of the world and helping my team win the cup.” He is a member
Out of School Girls Enjoy Their Right to Education in Southern Punjab
BAHAWALPUR DISTRICT, PAKISTAN, February 2014 – Living far away from the urban setting, at the edge of the Cholistan Desert in Southern Punjab, is no impediment for girls in terms of exercising their right to education. Their passion to learn and teach is
Saving Lives Through Behavioural Change in Childbirth Practices
BAHAWALPUR DISTRICT, PAKISTAN, February 2014 – “I delivered five of my children at home in the hands of a dai (Traditional Birth Attendant/TBA)”, says Kaniz Safdar (35) resident of Jhangiwala village, Bahawalpur District. “There were complications during
UNICEF in Partnership with the Norwegian Government Improves Health Practices and Behaviours in Disadvantaged Communities
UMERKOT DISTRICT, PAKISTAN, January 8, 2014 – Nangar (40) and Maryam (30) are a couple who along with their seven children live in a remote desert village, Ahorifarm in Umerkot District, Sindh, Pakistan. Like others in their community, this family also la
UNICEF Enables Round the Clock Provision of Mother and Newborn Health Care and Family Planning Services
LARKANA DISTRICT, PAKISTAN, January 6, 2014 -25 year old Arbeli, a mother of six children and resident of Dokri village, represents hundreds of these women. Arbeli has never delivered any child at a health facility or even in the hands of any skilled HCP.
UNICEF Supports Community Action Process to Improve and Save Lives
RAJANPUR DISTRICT, PAKISTAN, November 7, 2013 - Zareena is a resident of Jampur, a Union Council (UC) of Rajanpur district, Punjab Province. She is now a mother of two-year Muhammad Tayyab, her only surviving son after five stillbirths.
UNICEF Supported Mother and Child Week Benefits Millions across the Country
RAJANPUR and MUZAFFARGARH DISTRICTS, PAKISTAN, November 7, 2013 - Shameem, 24, is a mother of 4 children, and despite being aware of the importance of immunization, is not convinced on seeking the services of a skilled birth attendant.
UNICEF-Barclays Helping Adolescents Turn Passion into Profession
Lahore, Pakistan, 19 November 2013 - 17-year-old Zarri Yousaf has an ambition to become a dress designer and an entrepreneur. Her passion for making beautiful dresses and the desire to help her family attain social status and a comfortable living is her
In Pakistan, ECHO Funds Help UNICEF Counter Malnutrition
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, Pakistan: Holding her seven-month-old twins close to her chest, Janata bibi (27) listens attentively to the benefits of breast-feeding and nutritious diet for children.
Bringing Social Cohesion and Resilience to Classrooms
BARI IMAM, Islamabad, 13 November 2013–Neelum, 12, with her school fellows, listens carefully to the story of ‘Kassim and Adam’ narrated by her teacher. She patiently waits for her turn to participate in the post-session discussion and share her thoughts
UNICEF PLaCES Help Displaced Children Recover from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
JALOZAI, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 1 November 2013 -Twelve-year-old Mohammadia, beams with confidence as she talks about her interest in academics and ambition to become a teacher when she grows up. It is hard to believe that only six months ago, she suffered f
Restored health services benefit mothers and children in flood-affected Pakistan
RAJANPUR DISTRICT, Pakistan, 9 August 2013 – After sustaining heavy damage in the 2010 floods, a clinic in rural Pakistan comes back stronger than before, providing needed care to mothers and children.
Determined to protect every child in Pakistan from measles
QUETTA, Pakistan, 2 May 2013 –As Kausar Parveen (48), prepares an injection to vaccinate a child, her face reflects the high level of devotion with which she has been vaccinating children for the last 25 years.
In rural Pakistan, girls fight the odds to get an education
Lasbela district, Balochistan province - Tahira Rasool, 11, sits quietly in the corner of this two room makeshift school in Lasbela district, Balochistan, taking notes and listening attentively to her teacher.
UNICEF's Initiative Stimulates Demand for Safe Water and Sanitation in Remote Communities
Faqir Wala village, Dera Ghazi Khan district, Pakistan, 22 March 2013 - Having realised the positive impact of safe drinking water and sanitation on her children's health, Asma, 25, treasures the contents of a hygiene kit she received from UNICEF, after
In Pakistan, addressing the root causes of child labour
BAHAWALPUR, Pakistan, 18 March 2013 – Iqra Khalid, 13, dreams of becoming a teacher. “I would like to help those who cannot afford to go to school,” she says, with a bright smile.
Pakistani youngsters tell stories of hope through one-minute films
Lahore, Pakistan, January 30, 2013 – Mibsam Tanveer practises his karate moves as he waits for the cameraman to say the magic word: Action!
Flood-affected children get a second chance to attend school
Rajanpur district, Pakistan, December 17 2012 – Farhat, 14,sits in the sweltering heat, with a notebook in her hand, keenly awaiting her lesson on a hot summer day.
In the face of ongoing insecurity in Pakistan, a 13-year-old boy plays an active role in a camp for displaced persons
JALOZAI CAMP, Pakistan, 5 December 2012 – In his spare time, 13-year-old Irfan Ullah practises spin bowling, copying his favourite Pakistani cricketer, Shahid Afridi. Handy with a bat, Irfan hopes to represent Pakistan’s national team one day.
Hit hard by massive flooding for the third successive year, people of Pakistan's Sindh province have no respite
JACOBABAD, Sindh, Pakistan, November 13 2012 – As the only breadwinner of a family of 13, Sikandar Ali is deeply concerned about the health and nutrition of his wife, nine children and two sisters.
Cold storage facility transforms vaccinations
Khanewal district, Pakistan, October 2012 – Dr. Afzal Bashir’s enthusiasm and energy are boundless on this humid morning in Khanewal district, Punjab province. He is the Executive District Officer (EDO) for the Health Department in Khanewal district.
Schooling interrupted, as flood-affected children in Pakistan wait for waters to recede
Jacobabad district, Pakistan, October 2012 – Reshma is a cheerful 10-year-old girl, who makes beautiful dolls in her free time. Studying in the first grade, she has hopes and aspirations for her future.
Communities move to safer locations as floods devastate Pakistan, yet again
Rajanpur district, Pakistan, October 2012 – Twelve-year-old Muhammad Zahid Mazari struggles to pull his donkey cart through waist-deep flood water, supported by his father and two uncles.
In north-western Pakistan, UNICEF provides safety and education for displaced children
Jalozai Camp, Pakistan, 17 July 2012 – Safia Bibi, 11, recalls the day her house in Khyber Agency was riddled with mortar shells and bullets. She and her seven siblings ran out of their house to seek safe shelter. Fortunately, none of them were hurt.
UNICEF-constructed schools are inaugurated in earthquake-affected Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan
GARI HABIBULLAH, Pakistan, 22 June 2012 – Eleven-year-old Khadija Riaz recalls the earthquake that devastated north-western Pakistan in 2005. She was then a second grade student in the mosque school of Paksayr Village
Insecurity in north-western Pakistan adds to mounting displacement pressure
JALOZAI, Pakistan, 20 June 2012 – More than 200,000 people – over half of them children – have been registered as displaced from Khyber Agency, in volatile north-western Pakistan, since January.
In Pakistan, the 'United Against Polio' football tournament fights the scourge of polio
KARACHI, Pakistan, 29 March 2012 – Amid cheers, the Frontier Mujahid team takes their victory lap. The football team has just defeated National Frontier 2-1 in the final, beating 15 other teams to win the trophy.
In post-flood Pakistan, 'Children's Fairs' entertain while promoting child rights and health
BADIN DISTRICT, Pakistan, 27 April 2012 – Thousands of flood-affected children and families have learned new life skills and enjoyed a much-needed reprieve from the stresses of post-flood life at a series of UNICEF-supported Children’s Fairs taking place
In Pakistan, an uncertain future for displaced families in host communities
PESHAWAR, Pakistan, 15 June 2012 – Rafil Afridi rubs his eyes in a dusty village on the outskirts of Peshawar, the capital of Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province.
Saudi Fund for Development and UNICEF revive education in the Swat Valley
NAWAY KALAY, Swat Valley, Pakistan, 9 May 2012 – Students of the Naway Kalay Government Boys’ School wore crisp uniforms and carried shiny blue school bags. Their faces glowed with excitement at meeting the special guests who were coming to their school.
Displaced families find shelter in north-western Pakistan
NOWSHERA, Pakistan, 2 May 2012 – Safe now at a camp for displaced people, Jan Bibi recalls the horrific events that led her family to flee for their lives earlier this year.
Providing safe spaces for children on front lines of insecurity in north-western Pakistan
NOWSHERA, Pakistan, 30 April 2012 – Seven-year-old Rizwana has seen things that no child should ever have to experience.She is one of tens of thousands of children to flee the recent intensification of security operations in Khyber Agency.
In Pakistan, religious leaders help change misconceptions about the polio vaccine
PESHAWAR, Pakistan, 20 April 2012 – A sermon by an imam is all it takes to change misconceptions about the polio vaccines in some communities in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province, in northwest Pakistan.
Youth advocates help enrol of out-of-school children in Pakistan
LAHORE, Pakistan, 17 April 2012 – Walking through the narrow streets of Ahmedabad, an urban slum on the outskirts of Lahore, Pakistan, 22-year-old Syed Mohsin Raza saw a barefoot school-aged girl playing outside her house.
In Pakistan, one child’s scars reveal harsh life on the streets
LAHORE, Pakistan, 16 March 2012 – The claw-like scars gouged on 13-year-old Zeshan’s cheek bear witness to his experience on the streets of Lahore.
Focus on water, sanitation and hygiene improves child health and nutrition in Pakistan
MUZAFFARGARH DISTRICT, Punjab, Pakistan, 21 March 2012 – Inside a dusty farm house compound in rural Punjab, 7-year-old Ume Hani helps her aunt Ume Hassan, 16, prepare flat bread.
UNICEF supports children and women displaced by insecurity in north-western Pakistan
JALOZAI CAMP, KP, Pakistan, 9 March 2012 – Ongoing insecurity in north-western Pakistan has caused thousands to flee their homes. Families are streaming into Jalozai Camp seeking shelter, support and food.
New UNICEF-constructed school meets needs of flood-affected children
MUZAFFARGARH, Punjab, 2 March 2012 – The entire community of the small village of Peer Dargai Shah, in the Muzaffargarh District of southern Punjab, turned up to celebrate a special occasion.
After Pakistan’s floods, mobile teams bring health messages to villagers
BADIN DISTRICT, Pakistan, 13 January 2012 – Andraj, 11, looks up at a familiar sound. His eyes brighten and, without pausing to put on his shoes, he dashes barefoot out of his house.A bright blue truck has rumbled into the village of Sabho Kolhi
Taleem-ul-Amal project helps child labourers obtain an education in Pakistan
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, 10 January 2012 – Sadness fills the eyes of 12-year-old Chand Khushi Mohammad as he recalls walking the streets, collecting garbage, near Sialkot, a city known for sporting goods manufacturing, in Pakistan’s Punjab Province.
Vulnerable children struggle to cope with the aftermath of floods in Pakistan
BENAZIRABAD DISTRICT, Pakistan, 29 December 2011 – In the Quaid-e-Awam relief camp, 11-year-old Tariq Ali’s eyes are rimmed with shadows.When monsoon flooding struck Sindh Province earlier this year, Tariq was one of the 2.4 million children affected
As flood-affected return home, services are threatened by insufficient funding
SINDH PROVINCE, Pakistan, 20 December 2011 – Nawo screws up her eyes against the early morning sunlight, as her three-year-old daughter Sarita walks barefoot through the dust. Above, the endless blue skies of Sindh Province are entirely featureless: not a
Urgent need for aid continues in Pakistan in wake of devastating floods
NEW YORK, USA, 14 December - All these houses have drowned. We are getting no help here,” said 9-year-old Saeen Bukhsh in September, after torrential monsoon rains and flooding destroyed his home in Farooqabad, Pakistan.
UNICEF and partners provide hygiene education and clean water in post-flood Pakistan
SINDH, Pakistan, 13 December 2011 – Tens of thousands of flood-affected children in Pakistan are being kept free of disease through the emergency provision of safe water, sanitation facilities and hygiene lessons. But a lack of funding is putting in doubt
Safe PLaCES help flood-affected children and women prevent child marriage in Pakistan
SINDH, Pakistan, 6 December 2011 – A new type of UNICEF integrated emergency facility is providing protection and assistance to tens of thousands of flood-displaced children and women in Pakistan.
UNICEF protective environment for street children in Pakistan
QUETTA, Pakistan, 14 November 2011 - For Nazdana, 15, the thought of playing with her friends outside used to fill her with anxiety. Whenever she would venture from the safety of her house in Quetta, the capital of Pakistan’s Balochistan province
In wake of the floods, malnutrition threatens thousands of children in Pakistan
JAMSHORO, Pakistan, 21 November 2011 – Mohammad Ali, of Southern Pakistan, is not the world famous boxing legend, but a true fighter nonetheless. This Mohammad Ali is just two-and-a-half-years-old and from a small village outside of Jamshoro in Pakistan.
UNICEF-supported Temporary Learning Centers provide education to flood-affected children in Pakistan
SINDH, Pakistan, 1 November 2011 - Noor Jehan, 10, is one of the 60 students enrolled in a Temporary Learning Centre (TLC) established by UNICEF in the Bukhaira bypass camp through its implementing partner, Strengthening Participatory Organisation (SPO).
UNICEF reaching Pakistani flood victims through a network of mobile health units
SINDH, Pakistan, 18 October 2011 - Devastated by her husband’s death and displaced by floods, Rani Mauji, 25, holds her badly undernourished baby in her arms, her sad face fixed in an expression of quiet resignation.
Flood displaced families endure dire conditions in crowded school shelter
SINDH, Pakistan, 1 October 2011 – Brightly coloured washing hangs in the corridor of a school in Badin district, where there are no students or teachers. Instead, the school has become a temporary home to some 127 families
In flood-affected Pakistan, a newborn’s first days are spent in a temporary camp.
SINDH, Pakistan, 30 September 2011 - While Shanini was still in her mother’s womb and only days away from being born, severe monsoon rains were creating turmoil in the world outside.
A future prison provides educational opportunity for Pakistan’s flood-displaced children
THATTA DISTRICT, SINDH, Pakistan, 26 September 2011 - Inside the high walls of a prison near Thatta city, children displaced by Pakistan’s recent monsoon floods are enjoying the opportunity to return to class.
UNICEF Representative visits devastated flood zone in southern Pakistan.
BADIN DISTRICT, SINDH, Pakistan, 23 September 2011 – Pakistan has been hit for a second year running by heavy monsoon rains that have turned the lives of millions of people upside down.
A displaced family sets up a makeshift 'home' in flood-affected southern Pakistan
BADIN DISTRICT, SINDH, Pakistan, 22 September 2011 – Lado Shero holds her 3-year-old granddaughter Shama tenderly to her body as she sits on the ground in a makeshift roadside shelter in the severely flood-affected Badin District, in southern Sindh.
UNICEF scales up life-saving operations to reach displaced families in southern Pakistan
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, 19 September 2011 - For the second time in a year, Pakistan has been hit by severe flooding caused by the monsoon rains. With the scars of the 2010 floods hardly faded and the area residents still struggling to get their lives back...
In Pakistan, new floods leave displaced families in limbo
BADIN DISTRICT, SINDH, Pakistan, 15 September 2011 – Mubarak, 37, and his son Rajab, 10, wade through the dirty flood waters up to their waist.
In Pakistan, monsoon floods return to new areas causing widespread devastation
BADIN DISTRICT, SINDH PROVINCE, Pakistan, 14 September 2011 - Like déjà vu, exceptionally heavy monsoon rains that caused an unprecedented disaster in Pakistan during 2010 have returned with a vengeance to hit the southernmost part of the country.
Dreaming of Education – Ejaz’s Story
KASHMORE, Sindh, Pakistan, 24 August 2011 - Floods+1 Filmed by twice Academy Award-nominated documentary film maker, James Longley, this short film tells the poignant story of Ejaz Najum, a 12-year-old boy affected by devastating floods in July 2010.
Hope returns for children after the floods as new prototype school constructed in southern Punjab
MUZAFFARGARH, Punjab, 24 August 2011 Floods - 1 Before the floods, this village had a one-room Masjid (mosque) school. Most of the children sat under a tree. We now have this beautiful school and the children love it,”
‘I cried when I saw my school covered with water’
NOWSHERA, KP, Pakistan, 29 July 2011 - Floods+1 When the floods came to the village of Kheshgi Bala, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Province, in north-west Pakistan in July last year
‘My children were getting weaker and weaker’
NOWSHERA, KP, Pakistan, 29 July 2011 - Floods+1 Since the floods destroyed his crops, teacher and father-of-four Ibrahim (36), has been struggling to make ends meet for his family.
Women May Now Give Birth Safely Around the Clock
HAJI GHAZI, D.G.Khan, Pujab, Pakistan, 29 July 2011 - Floods+1 Dozens of women, some pregnant and some holding their newborn children, fill a room where a lady doctor carefully examines and provides medical advice to every patient
Mobile clinics protect children from malnutrition in post-flood Pakistan.
SINDH PROVINCE, Pakistan, 30 June 2011 – The battle against child malnutrition in Pakistan’s flood-affected Sindh Province is reaching even the smallest, most isolated villages with the help of UNICEF-supported mobile health teams.
Child labour robs millions of Pakistani children of their dreams
SINDH PROVINCE, Pakistan, 13 June 2011 – As the sun burns down on a dusty, open-air brick-making factory on the outskirts of Shahdadkot city, Gabir (not his real name), 12, squats on the ground, picking up a lump of mud with his bare hands.
Prototype schools offer children opportunity for a better education
ThATTA, Sindh, Pakistan, 22 May 2011 – Flood-affected children in Pakistan are looking forward to improved classrooms as UNICEF-supported education assistance moves from the emergency phase to early recovery.
Health week delivers support to millions of mothers and children in Pakistan
PUNJAB, Pakistan, 18 May 2011 – Mothers and children across Pakistan received a much-needed health boost recently, thanks to the nationwide bi-annual Mother and Child Health Week.
After the floods, new schools provide normalcy and opportunities for communities in Pakistan
MUZAFFARGARH, Pakistan, 19 May 2011 – Children in the small village of Mullan Walla, in flood-affected Muzaffargarh District, were all smiles when they started class in a recently-opened UNICEF-supported school.
In Pakistan, UNICEF-supported temporary learning centres create opportunities for girls
LAYYAH DISTRICT, Pakistan, 6 April 2011 – Pakistan’s catastrophic flooding last summer is leading to a change in attitudes towards sending girls to school.
UNICEF works to convince remote communities in Pakistan to abandon child marriage
SALEWALA, Pakistan, 16 March 2011- Pakistan’s disastrous flood last July has created an opportunity to convince rural communities to stop pushing girls into child marriages
Children affected by conflict in north-west Pakistan desperately need relief aid
NAHAQI, Pakistan, 11 March 2011 – “It is extremely difficult to stay here,” says Gulmina, 14, as she fights back tears. “It’s very cold and I want to go back home.”
UNICEF and partners deliver critical aid amidst harsh Pakistani winter
KOHISTAN DISTRICT, Pakistan, 18 February 2011 – United Nations helicopters quickly load UNICEF supplies – including children’s clothes and shoes, blankets, newborn kits and nutritional supplements.
Children and families face increasing challenges in aftermath of 2010 Pakistan floods
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, 7 February 2011 – Tens of thousands of children who survived last summer’s apocalyptic floods in Pakistan are now at risk from cold and exposure as winter temperatures plummet.
Strategic plan tackles malnutrition in flood-affected areas of Sindh, Pakistan
KARACHI, Pakistan, 3 February 2011 – Following a survey that revealed alarming rates of malnutrition among children in flood-affected areas of Pakistan, the government of Sindh Province has designed a response to tackle the problem.
Six months after floods devastated Pakistan, the situation remains desperate
NEW YORK, USA, 28 January 2011 – Six months after devastating floods tore through Pakistan, the country remains in a state of emergency. The magnitude of the tragedy has been difficult to fully comprehend.
Six months after floods struck, malnutrition hits hard in affected areas of Pakistan
SINDH PROVINCE, Pakistan, 27 January 2011 – The floodwaters that swept the length of Pakistan six months ago have abated to reveal a new humanitarian crisis: child malnutrition.
After floods and conflict, schools in Pakistan's Swat Valley welcome children back
KHYBER PAKHTUNKHWA, Pakistan, 21 January 2011–As farmers busily work in their fields in the beautiful Swat Valley village of Sheen Patay where both conflict and floods have taken a toll, students excitedly rush to the newly renovated Government Girls’ Pri
Child Assembly ensures a voice for youth affected by crises in Swat, Pakistan
SWAT DISTRICT, Pakistan, 2 February 2011 – Seventh-grade student Malalai Yousafzai, 13, confidently chaired a session of the Child Assembly held recently in the Swat District of Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province.
Water and sanitation are most urgent needs as Pakistan's flood crisis persists
THATTA, Pakistan, 11 October 2010 – There’s a cruel irony that hangs over Pakistan’s vast, tented camps in the wake of the country’s devastating floods.
Education and empowerment provide hope for children of families working in brick kilns
Biseen Village, Lahore, December 2010: Twelve year old Dilawar Masih belongs to a Christian family who works on a brick kiln located a few kilometres from the metropolis of Lahore. His father has passed away and his mother has since remarried.
As flood crisis persists, UNICEF provides health and education aid
SWAT DISTRICT, Pakistan, 4 October 2010 – Water levels along the Swat River have returned to normal, but evidence of the devastation from recent floods is everywhere. Bridges, roads, schools, health facilities, water supply and sanitation systems in Swat
In flood-devastated Sindh, female health workers play key role
AGHA ALI JATOI, Pakistan, 15 September 2010 – A breeze whispers through a plantation of date palms in the small village of Agha Ali Jatoi, in Pakistan’s Sindh province.
UNICEF supports emergency education for children displaced by floods
SUKKUR, Pakistan, 13 September 2010 – Over the past several weeks, monsoon floods in Pakistan have displaced millions and destroyed or damaged some 1.8 million homes and over 9,000 schools.
Finding shelter in Pakistan's makeshift camps
SUKKUR, Pakistan, 9 September 2010 – Arbeli, 8, sat with the other children on a hammock bed under some shade cloths. She was watching Dr. Nasreem Khaskheli – one of three members of a UNICEF-supported mobile health team ...
In Pakistan's makeshift camps, mobile health clinics save lives
SUKKUR, Pakistan, 8 September 2010 – Seemingly oblivious to the constant stream of trucks, gasoline fumes and dust being kicked up by the traffic roaring past this tiny makeshift camp on the outskirts of Sukkar...
In makeshift temporary classrooms, children in flooded Pakistan go to school
RAHIM YAR KHAN, Pakistan, 30 August 2010 – Millions of children have been devastated by the disastrous floods in Pakistan. They have lost homes and possessions and have been forced to relocate to temporary accommodations.
UNICEF Executive Director visits Pakistan's flood-stricken Charsadda district
CHARSADDA DISTRICT, Pakistan, 31 August 2010 – UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake’s two-day visit to Pakistan, which wraps up today, has reflected the unprecedented scale of emergency the country faces, with more than 17 million people affected...
UNICEF and World Food Programme chiefs visit Pakistan's flood-stricken Punjab province
GUJRAT, Pakistan, 2 September 2010 – In a show of support for the victims of flooding in Pakistan, UNICEF and World Food Programme (WFP) Executive Directors Anthony Lake and Josette Sheeran visited the agencies’ humanitarian operations in the Muzzafargarh
UNICEF emergency aid arrives in Pakistan amidst continuing flood crisis
KARACHI, Pakistan, 12 August 2010 – As the worst natural disaster in living memory continues to unfold in Pakistan, a chartered airliner carrying 100 metric tonnes of UNICEF emergency relief arrived in the southern port city of Karachi early today.
Flood-affected women and children in north-western Pakistan urgently need aid
PESHAWAR, Pakistan, 6 August 2010 – “I spent four nights on top of a tree,” says Araba Bibi, 70, a widow from Jala Bela village on the outskirts of Peshawar in north-western Pakistan’s flood-ravaged Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province.
UNICEF responds as floods affect over 3 million in north-western Pakistan
NEW YORK, USA, 2 August 2010 – More than 1,400 people are dead and more than a million children are in need of emergency assistance after the worst floods to hit Pakistan since 1929 devastated large parts of the country in recent days.
In Swat Valley, Mine/UXOs Risk Education encourages safer behaviours to reduce the risk to precious lives
SWAT, Pakistan, June 2010 – “I will never forget that day when I tried to force open that small shiny object with a stone. It exploded in my face, injuring me and my friend...
In tribal Bajaur, school sanitation and hygiene brings girls back to school
Bajaur Agency, PAKISTAN, March 2010 – Two years ago, Amna left school for what she thought then would be the very last time. A Grade 2 student, she was only 11 years of age, and far from completing a basic primary education.
With Assistance from Saudi Arabia, UNICEF Provides a Major Health Facility for the Earthquake-Affected People of Muzaffarabad
MUZAFFARABAD, Pakistan-Administered Kashmir, May 2010 – In the clean, spare waiting room of the Basic Health Unit (BHU) Muzaffarabad, a row of women chat as they wait for their turn. Each woman holds a card which records her child’s earlier vaccinations..
Better than before education facilities in Pakistan Administered Kashmir attract parents and children alike
Bagh, Azad Jammu and Kashmir, May 2010: Looking down from the hill top, the newly constructed building of the Government Girls Primary School (GGPS), Thaterkot shines like a jewel in a picturesque background.
Dutch Government and UNICEF provide new impetus to education for the children of Chunal Bung, AJK
MUZAFFARABAD, Pakistan-Administered Kashmir, May 2010 – It takes eight-year-old Irsa half an hour to walk to school every morning. Living in the hilltop village of Chunal Bung, she and her friends climb down the steep slope...
Rebuilding lives of families conflict-affected in Swat
MINGORA, Pakistan, 13 August 2009 – Taj Meena, a mother of ten, hails from a small village in the beautiful Marguzar Valley, once a popular tourist haven in the Swat District of Pakistan's North-West Frontier Province.
“Building Back Better” After the 2005 Earthquake Gives a Boost to Girls’ Education in Pakistani-Administered Kashmir
MUZAFFARABAD, October 2009: Pakistan-Administered Kashmir – Nearly every day, while Mohajir Colony Government Girls’ School was being built, girls came down the winding path into the valley...
Pakistan Earthquake Four Years On: An eyewitness account
In August, while on mission for UNICEF working on the displacement crisis in north-western Pakistan, I was asked to revisit Pakistan-Administered Kashmir (PAK) along with photographer Marta Ramoneda.
Children who stayed behind in conflict-affected areas need support
MINGORA, Pakistan, 10 August 2009 – At the newly reopened Mingora Central Hospital, 16-year-old Maryam huddles close to her elderly grandmother Musakhel.
Children from conflict hit areas urgently need life saving health services
TAKKAR, Mardan District, Pakistan, 16 July 2009 – It is sweltering and overcrowded in the Government Higher Secondary School in Takkar, which is now home to 106 displaced families from conflict-hit areas of Swat and Buner districts in north-west Pakistan.
In north-west Pakistan, host families welcome the displaced but struggle to cope
TAKHTBAI, Pakistan, 8 July 2009 – “Aeroplanes would come and drop bombs,” recalls Ajmal, 8. “There were mortar shells hitting our house. We children would cry. On the way it was very difficult and we could not walk – especially the little children...
Health services for mothers and pregnant women displaced by conflict in Pakistan
MARDAN, Pakistan, 8 June 2009 – “I have nothing for my unborn child. I had made so many clothes for my baby but I couldn’t bring them...
Bringing stability to the lives of displaced children in Pakistan
SWABI, Pakistan, 3 June 2009 – “Over there we couldn’t go to school. Here there is no bombing.
Reaching conflict-affected orphans in Swat Valley
PESHAWAR, Pakistan, 1 June 2009 – “Muzammil misses our mother and he wants to go back to our home in Mingora,” says Anas, age 10. He and his brother lost their father in a bomb blast last year and their mother could no longer afford to take care of them.
Reaching the Most Vulnerable Women and Children Fleeing the Fighting in Swat
Pakistan, 28 May 2009 Hanifa’s eyes fill with tears as she talks about her children, seventeen year old Gul Shah and fifteen year old Zeenat, who she hasn’t seen since they went to visit their married sister and her family in another village.
‘We were scared’: As supplies arrive, children try to cope with conflict in Pakistan
Pakistan, 29 May 2009 – The girls in the tent hosting first-grade students at the Yar Hussain displacement camp were reciting the day’s lessons.
UNICEF Regional Director meets children and families displaced by conflict in Pakistan
Pakistan, 21 May 2009 – The hot summer sun beats down on Dan Toole as he walks around Jalala Camp. The UNICEF Regional Director for South Asia, Mr Toole is here to see the children’s agency support for those affected by the biggest population...
Displaced families face humanitarian crisis in north-western Pakistan camps
Less than two weeks into a military incursion that has caused massive displacement in north-western Pakistan’s Swat Valley, even more children and families are struggling to find safe shelter in camps.
Ongoing conflict triggers massive displacement of families in north-west Pakistan
Pakistan, 22 May 2009 – Since the end of April, a new army offensive against militants in north-west Pakistan has caused the displacement of more than 1.5 million people. They’ve joined the 555,000 people already displaced since October of last year
Assisting children displaced by fighting in Pakistan’s Swat valley
Pakistan, May 2009 – Kiyanet, a ten-year-old girl, walks with determination among groups of men waiting for distributions. In one area, newly arrived families, sweaty and covered in dust, try to register in the camp.
With UNICEF support, school goes on in earthquake affected areas of Balochistan
KILI AHMEDUL SIRKI, Balochistan Province, February 2009 – "When the earthquake struck it was like doomsday," recalls Haji Abdul Razzaq, a school teacher in remote Pishin District of Pakistan's Balochistan Province.
Bringing education to child labourers in rural Pakistan
Chandian Talawan Village 201, Faisalabad, February 2009 - The sun shines brightly on a warm winter morning while Imran digs clay and loads it into a makeshift cart.
Giving Displaced Girls Access to Education in Pakistan
Katcha Garhi Camp, Peshawar – Tayyba Ul Haq pulls her white shawl to make sure it covers her blond hair during the break at the school in Katcha Garhi Camp.
Bringing water, sanitation and hygiene to displaced families living in camps in Pakistan
Jalozai Camp, Pakistan, February 2009 – It is a bright, warm winter morning and boys and girls are gathered around two women in Jalozai Camp near Peshawar, the capital of Pakistan’s North West Frontier Province (NWFP).
Bringing Nutrition Support to Malnourished Displaced Children in Pakistan
Katcha Garhi Camp, Peshawar – Ataullah cries as the nutritionist measures his mid-upper arm circumference. Weighing only 7.7 kilos against the recommended 9.4, the two-year-old boy is declared severely acute malnourished.
Creating networks of care to support mothers and children in rural Pakistan
KHANPUR, Pakistan– A row of women sit in a brightly decorated waiting room at the Khanpur Basic Health Unit. Outside, in the lush grounds, fruit trees sway in a cool breeze offering relief from the summer heat.
A Community Midwife Takes Her First Steps in Bringing Expert Care to Mothers and Children in Rural Punjab
SHEIKHUPURA, Punjab Province, December 2008 – Yasmin Faqir Hussain (22) remembers the fear, confusion and tragedy that often accompanied childbirth in years past.
Reaching out to the children affected by the Pakistan earthquake
Ziarat district, Balochistan province, 31 October 2008 – Sabnan Guldin, a small three year old boy, is trying to bite an apple but suddenly looks up in fear as strangers enter his family’s compound. He is sitting on a mat in an area cleared of rubble.
Child Friendly Schools Draw Children to School in Pakistan's Quake Zone
MANSEHRA: When asked what she likes best about her new school, 12-year-old Moazzama doesn't hesitate a moment. "The bathroom!" she exclaims. "The new furniture," adds Humaira, her classmate in grade 5.
'Building back better' for students in earthquake-affected Pakistan
SHATAY VILLAGE, Pakistan, 17 October 2008 – On the first day of school, dozens of children in blue uniforms rushed excitedly towards their brand-new building. Finally, the the girls of Shatay village were able to attend their lessons...
Giving Severely Malnourished Children a Chance
Muzaffarabad, Pakistan-administered Kashmir – Eighteen year-old Nagina is holding her daughter Sakeeba with utmost care. With a weight hardly reaching 2.1 kg when she was admitted for treatment, seven month-old Sakeeba was well below the standards for her
New School Sanitation Brings Positive Behaviours
Bagh, Pakistan-Administered Kashmir, October 2007 – As soon as their teacher calls for a short break in the morning’s session, all students in the class rush for the brand new UNICEF-sponsored water tank at the back of the school building.
Supporting Girls’ Education in Quake-affected Areas
Neelum Valley, Pakistan-administered Kashmir, September 2007 – “Freedom: birds should be free”, Ayeasha reads loudly from the black board. “Freedom: birds should be free”, repeats 11 year old Zobia, beaming at Ayesha.
Students in the Earthquake Zone Looking Forward to Their New BA School
Battagram, NWFP, 26 October 2007 – Sitting on colourful mats, in the shade of the tents provide by UNICEF for their school, Matta Nilishang primary school’s 226 students find it easier to study than just a few months ago
Protection centres aim to end the cycle of child labour in Pakistan quake zone
By Sandra BisinNORTH WEST FRONTIER PROVINCE, Pakistan, 9 October 2007 – For over seven months, eight-year-old Khairuddin and his brothers have been roaming the streets of Abbotabad in North West Frontier Province, collecting empty bottles from garbage.
Reaching the Unreached with Basic Health Services in Earthquake-Affected Areas
Allai Valley, North West Frontier Province - Her face remains impassive, as 25-year-old Habiba describes her life since the earthquake destroyed her home, taking the lives of her husband and their four year-old daughter.
Children Advocate for Better Sanitation in Earthquake-Affected Pakistan
Pakistan-administered Kashmir – “I wash my hands before and after eating. I also cut my nails every week and I brush my teeth every day. These things I’ve learnt from school and I teach my friends and my family to do the same”, beams Sanam, a 9 year-old
Child Protection Committees: Bring Children Back to School in Quake-Affected Communities
Battagram, North West Frontier Province – “I love studying Urdu and English. This way, I can communicate with people living outside of my community. I want to become a teacher!” Listening to 12 year-old Koshbath Bibi’s enthusiastic plans for the future
Ensuring Protective Environments for Quake Orphans
Muzaffarabad, Pakistan Administered Kashmir – 8 August 2007 - “Our dream is to have our own home and land so that no-one can tell us to move again”. Aqib, 12 years old, was displaced from his home, which was destroyed by the earthquake that hit Pakistan
Tackling Malnutrition with Supplementary Feeding Centres
Mansehra, North West Frontier Province, 4 May 2007 – At Attarshesha’s brand-new Supplementary Feeding Centre, Salma, 22 years old, checks Usman’s weight and height. The four-year-old boy stares at the Lady Health Visitor, his eyes wide open.
UNICEF Provides Transitional Shelter Schools in Remote Earthquake-Affected Areas
Azad Jammu and Kashmir, 28 April 2007: It is 1pm at Sarikarla Government Girls’ Primary School in the state of Azad Jammu and Kashmir in the North-East Pakistan, and the 54 students are actively participating in a mathematics class.
Bringing Out-of-School Children to School for the First Time
Maira Camp, Shangla, North West Frontier Province, 8 June 2007 – In the shade of his tented home at Maira Camp, Abdulla removes the gift paper wrapping the school prize with the utmost care.
Making education more enjoyable for children affected by quake
Battagram, 26 August, 2006: Eight year old, Parveen is getting used once again to life in her new tented classroom, following the end of summer holidays.
Heavy rains play havoc with children’s health in the earthquake affected areas
BATTAGRAM, Pakistan, 9 August 2006 – With the onset of the rainy season in the earthquake affected region of Pakistan, water-born diseases among children are on the increase.
Ensuring Equal Education for the Disabled
BAI BAJNA VILLAGE, Mansehra: Before the October 2005 earthquake, Zahid Humayun didn’t let his polio affliction stop him going to school.
Bringing Out-of-School Kids To School
BAI BAJNA VILLAGE, Mansehra, July 25 – Brothers Yaqub, 11, Zarin Nul, 8, and Sher Ali, 7, had occasionally wandered into a class at the local school in this high-altitude village in Pakistan’s mountainous north.
Spinal Injury Patient Finds New Meaning in Life
ISLAMABAD, July 18 - Sadia was on her first visit home to the Kashmiri town of Bagh since getting married three weeks earlier when the October 2005 earthquake struck. The walls of her sister’s house collapsed around Sadia as she tried to flee.
Elixir of Life a Cleaner Shade After UNICEF Repairs
MUZAFFARABAD: The fountain of life of Pakistan-Administered Kashmir’s main city is pumping out top-standard treated water at double its pre-earthquake capacity, following extensive repair and upgrade by UNICEF
Keeping Vigil on Villagers’ Health and Hygiene
MUZAFFARABAD - Firdaus, a student, stoops to enter the tented home of the Akhtar family –an igloo-shaped canvas and aluminium shelter in the ruins of Chela Bandi village in Pakistan-Administered Kashmir.
From the River to the Camp: Clean Water for the Landless
NARUL CAMP, Muzaffarabad, June 22 – The Neelum River swallowed Mohammad Aslam’s house, his three cows, his 50 goats, his dog. It swallowed his entire village and 55 people with it.
Winter Schools in Northern Pakistan
JABORI, Pakistan: Across northeast Pakistan’s valley floors, razed by the devastating October 8 earthquake, thousands of temporary tent schools supported by UNICEF are closing down for the long hot summer.
The Road to School
An ambitious recovery initiative to get 100% of school aged children, especially girls, back to school.
UNICEF-supplied water filters helping IDPs
More than 3,000 Nerox filters in IDP camps are helping earthquake victims
Seeing the Earthquake Through Children’s Eyes
How a project helped children document –through photography – daily life in the camps in the aftermath of the earthquake
Earthquake Families Return Home
Six months after the earthquake killed more than 70,000 people in northern Pakistan, a massive return process is underway.
An earthquake survior's life in a tent camp
Nisreen Bibi*, a 20-year-old mother and earthquake survivor who now lives with her family in the newly set up Jaba camp, Mansehra, NWFP tells her story about the earthquake and thereaftrer
First baby born in IDP camp
As an LHW deployed to work in the relief camps where some 160,000 are now living in the wake of Pakistan’s huge earthquake, one of Sharmeen’s responsibilities is keeping a record of all the pregnant women living in the tents.
I saved my sister
Bilal, 13, a Grade 8th student at Government Boys Secondary School, Village Nar Sher Ali, Bagh was in school on the morning of October 8th when the earthquake rocked parts of South Asia, severely damaging Azad Kashmir.
“These days, even the moon comes out late in Pakistan”
Nisreen Bibi is a 20 year old mother who formerly lived in the village of Sachan Nadi, near Balakot, a town completely razed to the ground by the fury of earth on October 8.
For the orphans of the earthquake life will not be the same again
UNICEF has lead responsibility for protection of children in the aftermath of the huge disaster that has hit Pakistan. All children living in internally displaced people’s (IDP’s) camps are being registered.
First tent school opened for children living in relief camps
In a first step to rebuild a destroyed educational system, tent schools appear in disaster areas
A Children's Catastrophe: Youth Volunteers Assist
How youth volunteers are making a difference in earthquake relief efforts