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Mother of three in Georgia struggles to make ends meet
TBILISI, Georgia, 10 January 2016 – Elizabeti giggles, her feet sticking out from under the curtains. A game of hide-and-seek with a guest is a rare treat for the two-and-a-half year old. “Found you!” Bursting into laughter, she runs away.

Everyone is a winner in Azerbaijan Children Paralympic Games
SUMGAYIT, Azerbaijan, 5 December 2016 – “I didn`t have any goals before. But now, I want to play and be the best.” That is the aspiration of 15-year-old Rufat Bayramov, one of the champions of the Second Children’s Paralympics Games in Azerbaijan.

Georgia’s children with disabilities struggle against stigmatization
TBILISI, Georgia, 3 December 2016 – Six-year-old Gabriel smiles broadly as he sips on his fruit juice, with his mother Tamuna watching as she relates his story. “His lip was cut; it was bruised and swollen, and he had injuries to his head.”

In Kyrgyzstan, promoting community care for children with disabilities
OSH, Kyrgyzstan, 3 December 2016 – Guliza’s welcoming smile floods the room like the sun piercing through a long night. She hugs us, snaps a selfie, and breaks into a brash but pitch-perfect rendition of a hit by the popular American singer, Ariana Grande.

Learning without limits: Inclusive education gives children room to grow in Cuba
HAVANA, Cuba, 2 November 2016 – Reinier has a rapid and forceful response to everything. At the age of 18, his curiosity for everything and everyone around him keeps him suspended between illusion and absolute uncertainty – as can happen with any teenager. But he is not concerned about the future; he knows that if he has managed to get this far, he can do anything.

In Cuba, celebrating differences through inclusive football
SANCTI SPÍRITUS, Cuba, 16 May 2016 – As Joana, 14, and her team prepare for the final round of Cuba’s first inclusive football tournament, it is hard to believe that just one year ago she had never played the sport before.

In the Democratic Republic of Congo, protecting and empowering children with albinism in schools
KINSHASA, Democratic Republic of Congo, 26 September 2016 – "I had to fight to get here, but mostly against myself," says Michel Mualaba as he overlooks the city of Brazzaville from the terrace of his brand new offices. Michel, a 35-year-old lawyer and financial affairs expert, was raised in a supportive, middle-class family. But he has faced discrimination his entire life because he has albinism.

In Ghana, including all children in the classroom
ABREM ANKAASE, Ghana, 16 August 2016 – When the school year began, teacher John Sylvester Mensah noticed that Daniel, 12, struggled to read what was written on the board. After a chat with Daniel, Mr. Mensah moved him to the front of the class so that he would have access to what the other children were learning.

In Serbia, building confidence through music
NOVI SAD, Serbia, 15 July 2016 – Outside the Isidor Bajić music school, a cacophony of piano, wind and string drifts through the crisp spring air. Upstairs, at the end of a long corridor, Petra sits upright at the piano, perfectly balanced, her back like a board and her head facing straight in front of her. Her instructor, Ana, fixes her eyes on her pupil’s hands.

In Vanuatu, children with disabilities recover and thrive one year after the cyclone
PORT VILA, Vanuatu, 15 July 2016 – Five-year-old Tamanu is a vivacious, bubby girl. She happily leads us through the garden from the temporary house she shares with her mother, father and 9-month-old twin baby brothers, to the place where their house stood before it was torn down by Category 5 Cyclone Pam, a year ago. In the yard, a neat pile of sand and coral sits, ready to be used in construction of a more permanent home for Tamanu’s family.

After the earthquake, schoolchildren in Nepal adjust to a new reality
NUWAKOT, Nepal, 21 April 2016 – Twelve-year-old Sharmila wakes up inside a big white tent set up next to a pile of rubble in Tupche village, some 80 kilometres from the capital Kathmandu. Like every other morning, Sharmila seeks help from her friend Ashmita to get ready for the day.

Youth filmmakers to present their work at international awards ceremony
NEW YORK, United States of America, 2 October 2013 – Around the world, young people have been making one-minute videos in UNICEF-hosted OneMinutesJr. workshops. Eager to express themselves, youth participants share their viewpoints on subjects such as disabilities, juvenile justice, violence, their future and their lives. Now, 15 of these filmmakers are nominees for the 2013 OneMinutesJr. Awards and have been invited to Amsterdam, the Netherlands, to present their videos at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA).

During United Nations week, a voice for children with disabilities is heard in corridors of power
NEW YORK, United States of America, 26 September 2013 – She calls herself Crystal, because of her brittle bones, but Nguyen Phuong Anh is fast becoming known for her sparkling voice and for shattering stereotypes about disabilities.

Mobile kindergarten for nomadic Mongolian children
KHUVSGUL PROVINCE, Mongolia, 17 July 2013 – Six-year-old Erbenebayar, ‘Erka’ for short, lives with her semi-nomadic herder family in the remote Khuvsgul province of Mongolia. They are based in a bagh about 20 km from the nearest settlement, Tsagaan-Uur soum. There are no proper roads.

In Bangladesh, a project to support parents of children with disabilities
DHAKA, Bangladesh, 6 June 2013 – Hridoy, 9, and Bristi, 10, are trying hard to keep up with the beat of the music as they dance with other children in the drop-in centre in the Koratitola suburb of Dhaka, capital of Bangladesh.

In Georgia, new emphasis on foster care and small group homes over large institutions
TBILISI, Georgia, 17 June 2013 – Giorgi, a 4-year-old bundle of energy, rushes to greet visitors and then buzzes around Irma Sanikidze’s home like a hummingbird. He plays with Ms. Sanikidze’s 5-year-old son Ilya, checks on the younger children – two 3-year-olds and an 18-month-old – and gazes curiously at the newest arrival, a tiny newborn who sleeps in Ms. Sanikidze’s arms.

School of Hope brings education to Malian children with hearing impairments
BAMAKO, Mali, 5 June 2013 – Discrimination against hearing-impaired children is declining in Mali, says Moussa Sanogo, headmaster of the School of Hope in the capital, Bamako. “We started the school in 1994 with 19 pupils whom we, the teachers, found by going out on the streets of Bamako,” he says.

In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, a wheelchair makes Meshak more mobile
GOMA, Democratic Republic of the Congo, 3 June 2013 – UNICEF has made a sound investment, in a country characterized by both challenges and tremendous potential – the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

A young South African woman's path to making social change
PRETORIA, South Africa, 4 June 2013 – The young woman takes one final look in the mirror before she leaves for class. Her braids are neatly swept back into a bun, and she is wearing a bright red blazer to protect her slender frame against the chilly weather. Her fingers move quickly to tie the shoelaces of the trendy trainers she will wear to class today.

In Viet Nam, a welcoming centre for children with disabilities helps provide new opportunities
DA NANG, Viet Nam, 31 May 2013 – In central Viet Nam, on the edge of the city of Da Nang, a small group of children await their morning bus pickup. It’s a scene that could be encountered anywhere in the world, but what might appear commonplace is not.

In Jordan, refugee children with disabilities are among the most vulnerable
AMMAN, Jordan 31 May 2013 – When Abdullatif’s neighbour was killed, and his own house destroyed and farm animals lost, the decision was made simple. He had to flee the conflict in the Syrian Arab Republic to save his family. But the journey and challenges that lay ahead were anything but easy, especially with two children with disabilities.

Two Ugandan children are - children, with support from their community
GULU DISTRICT, Uganda, 30 May 2013 – Beatrice Adong and Sony Kinyera were victims of the brutal fighting in northern Uganda involving rebel group the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) that ended in 2006.

Syrian children with disabilities struggle with life in a refugee camp
ZA’ATARI, Jordan, 29 May 2013 – Rania dreams of one day becoming a teacher. Every morning, her mother and brother wake up at dawn to help her get to school. Although it’s only a short walk, Rania is unable to make it on her own. White gravel surrounds the tents and caravans in the camp where they live, and Rania needs to be carried to the main road where her wheelchair will work.

High in the hills of Ecuador, a boy with a genetic disorder dreams of flight
QUITO, Ecuador, 29 May 2013 – It’s a chilly morning high in the hills on the outskirts of Ecuador’s sprawling capital city, Quito. In the working class neighbourhood of Venceremos, 8-year-old Richard Herrera is getting ready for school.

Flagship report urges seeing the child - before the disability
NEW YORK, 30 May 2013 – Children with disabilities have a much greater role to play in societies, according to UNICEF’s annual The State of the World’s Children report.

In Mongolia, centre helps children with disabilities learn new skills
Tsagaannuur, Khuvsgul province, Mongolia, 28 May 2013 – Tumenjargal is a kindergarten teacher in northern Mongolia. She’s also a wife and mother of four. The family live in the small village of Tsagaannuur, about an hour from the Russian border.

Vietnamese girl uses her talent and determination to inspire others
HANOI, Viet Nam, 28 May 2013 – Nguyen Phuong Anh was born with osteogenesis imperfecta, or ‘glass-bone disease’, a genetic disorder causing fragile bones. “My bones have broken 30 times or more,” she says. “We stopped counting because we thought that it didn’t matter anymore.

Youth video contest winners reflect equal rights for children with disabilities
NEW YORK, United States of America, 24 May 2013 – Twenty-year-old Yun Han has always been hesitant about voicing her dreams. “Growing up, I had many big dreams, but I never had the guts to speak them when I was asked…because I can’t help envisioning that people are laughing at me.”

"It's about Ability!" for young filmmakers in Viet Nam
HO CHI MINH CITY, Viet Nam, 14 May 2013 – Against the hustle and bustle of city traffic, a young boy is quietly putting up a large poster on an empty wall next to a restaurant. While he brushes on the glue with his one good hand, some local boys pull a trick by pouring water on him from the roof of the building.

Young people express creative views of disabilities for video contest
NEW YORK, United States of America, 6 May 2013 - Ezeria Chazanga was born HIV-positive and deaf 20 years ago. She always had challenges relating to her peers because of her HIV status and her disability. But in spite of these seeming limitations, she recently took the opportunity to share her capabilities through a one-minute film.

Risk is inclusive: Young Armenians portray disaster risk reduction through film
GYUMRI, Armenia, 14 March 2013 – Margarita Sargsyan, 14, and her classmates at School #1 in Gyumri, the second biggest city of Armenia, are taking part in school lessons that might save their lives. They are learning about disaster risk reduction (DRR).

In Zimbabwe, the disability that prevents Munashe from using his hands proves no barrier to his education
BULAWAYO, Zimbabwe, 28 December 2012 – At King George IV School of the Disabled, 17-year-old Munashe Chikuvanyanga, a Form 1 student, is taking a final examination in mathematics.

A UNICEF staff member is motivated by work, colleagues - and stigma
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, 19 December 2012 - Reporting Specialist at UNICEF Haiti Cara Elizabeth Yar Khan was diagnosed with hereditary inclusion body myopathy (HIBM) in 2007. HIBM is an extremely rare degenerative condition that affects the entire body.

Changing attitudes towards people with disabilities
NEW YORK, United States of America, 3 December 2012 - Stigma, ignorance, neglect, superstition and communication barriers are among the social factors that explain the discrimination and isolation from society that children with disabilities face.

On the twentieth International Day of Persons with Disabilities, a call to remove the barriers that prevent equal participation in society
NEW YORK, United States of America, 3 December 2012 – Today is the twentieth International Day of Persons with Disabilities. Today, we call attention to the importance of promoting the rights of persons with disabilities and mobilizing support to build a more inclusive society.

Inaugural Forum on the Global Partnership on Children with Disabilities puts children with disabilities in the forefront
NEW YORK, 18 September 2012 - On September 14-15, UNICEF hosted the first Forum of the Global Partnership on Children with Disabilities. Two hundred and forty participants representing more than 100 organizations from across the world took part to discuss how the rights and needs of children with disabilities should be prioritized in development efforts.

Podcast #63: Artist Sue Austin's Creating the Spectacle challenges audiences to think differently about disability and wheelchairs
NEW YORK, United States of America, 11 September 2012 – Images of Sue Austin, gliding through the deep on her wheelchair, past schools of fish and lush coral reefs, are taking the world by storm. A multimedia, performance and installation artist, Ms. Austin is the architect of Creating the Spectacle, a groundbreaking series of performances of an underwater wheelchair user that challenges the perception of wheelchairs and disabilities.


 

 

 

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