10 November 2023

The Faces of Statelessness

Unrecognized by the wider society, many children and their families live among us in statelessness. A stateless person is a person who, under national laws, does not enjoy citizenship and are not recognized as citizens of any state in the world. The impact of this is life changing! Stateless children are denied access to many fundamental rights…, Breaking the cycle of statelessness, Women stand in circle discussing Meet Doris Molina, a Guatemalan who migrated to Belize as a baby. She was never able to go to school and it has been a challenge accessing life-supporting services. She has lived an invisible life because she did not have identity documents. For the past 35 years she has lived in Belize as a stateless person as her…, Making registration services convenient for all, Woman stand with baby and child Cornelia was jumping around today with excitement…oblivious of the fact she had no identity. The bubbly three-year old is considered a “pandemic baby” who came into this world during the COVID-19 years of lockdowns and disrupted services. Although she was born in Dangriga, Cornelia and her mother Marlena soon…, Opening opportunities for integration, Mother and son sit in bleachers with birth registration paper The smile on Darwin’s face is long overdue! His mother Aura is a native of Guatemala who came to Belize when she was 3 years old. She has lived her life undocumented and was only able to complete her education at the primary level at Std. 6.  She has never had a social security card or…
01 December 2020

Reimagining a Better Future … Responding to the Present

UNICEF's World Children’s Day 2020 campaign asked children and adolescents from all over the world to reimagine a better future post COVID-19. For some children this is a difficult task because they are simply trying to survive their current realities. Globally, UNICEF is called to be the leading voice on behalf of children and to work with States…, Children bear the burden of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic., Belize: exterior of a house covered with a corrugated roof. “LA City” in Seine Bight, Stann Creek District, Belize. In Belize, approximately 44,000 people are either unemployed or with reduced household income. When household income is reduced or eliminated due to unemployment it translates to reduced access and quality of basic services among the…, No child left behind, Belize: two children receive blue UNICEf backpakcs. Alison Parker, UNICEF Belize Representative, (left) talks with children in Dangriga, Stann Creek District, Belize. With funding from the United States Government through the U.S. Embassy and USAID, UNICEF Belize in partnership with the National Committee for Families and Children, Sustainable and…, Child rights made practical, Belize: a group of children hold blue UNICEF backpacks in their hands. A typical household in Seine Bight, Stann Creek District, Belize. These care packages include basic school and water, sanitation and hygiene supplies, educational materials about the Convention on the Rights of a Child and visual guide of the proper steps for hand washing. A…