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Communities in hurricane’s aftermath, clinging to the most precious

Communities struggle to recover in hurricane’s aftermath, clinging to the most precious they have left

DOMINICA- 30 September 2017 - Jacey Anselm hugs her pet Sassy close to her. Sassy was always precious, but since Hurricane Maria tore their home apart more than a week ago, the nine-year-old Dominica girl and her mum Celine Fingall have precious else left. “It’s about starting back. We have nothing now,” Celine says, as she points to the still rain-soaked furniture, clothes and other possessions in their second-floor apartment in the tight-knit community of Loubiere, about 15 minutes’ drive from the hurricane-scarred capital of Roseau. More

Dominica's long road back to school after devastating hurricane

DOMINICA, 4 Oct. 2017 - Deltin Eugene stares at the chalkboard at the front of what used to be his classroom at the Goodwill Secondary School. The only words written there are “Friday, 15 September, 2017”. It’s the last day Deltin and 13,500 students in Dominica went to school. When classes were dismissed that Friday afternoon, the 16 year old had no idea that Hurricane Maria’s powerful 160 miles per hour winds would shear the roof off his school's upper level and shatter his hopes of completing his secondary school education. Click for More

The long road back to school on Anguilla after Hurricane Irma

ANGUILLA-28 September 2017- At Valley Primary School, the largest primary on the island with more than 440 pupils, the teachers and I are working flat out to get ready for reopening next Monday [2 October ]. It is a massive task. There’s still no electricity and no running water. Much of our infrastructure has been very badly damaged and we lost roofs from most blocks. Wooden room partitions came down and blocked doors so for a good few days we couldn’t get in to assess what we could salvage. We had prepared for the hurricane but we had no idea there could be this level of destruction.  More

The happiness returns to Anguillan children

Anguilla, September, 28th 2017. -  The frightening whisper of the wind from outside, the battering of the houses, doors and parts of roofs fly away... these are some of the flashes of terror that many children have to overcome after the hurricane hit their homes and schools. After 3 weeks of impact of Irma Hurricane in Anguilla, UNICEF continues supporting children ... More

Evacuated Barbudan children return to the classroom

ANTIGUA, 21 September 2017 –Over 200 Barbudan primary school students went back to the classroom Thursday, two weeks after Hurricane Irma destroyed their island, forcing them to flee to neighbouring Antigua.  Their school in Barbuda, the Holy Trinity Primary School, was one of the many structures affected when the hurricane bore down on 6 September, destroying or damaging over 95 per cent of the buildings. The 62 square-mile island was subsequently declared a disaster area by the Government of Antigua and Barbuda and its 1,600 residents instructed to evacuate to Antigua. More

Searching for Schooling and Safety in Antigua

Many young people from hurricane-ravaged Dominica are arriving on the neighbouring island in the hope of continuing their education More

Healing after Hurricane Irma

 I am thinking about my students, where they are and how they are feeling. I look forward to us being together in the same place to help each other and to heal.”  These are the sentiments expressed by Joycelyn Henry, one of the preschool teachers who was evacuated from the island of Barbuda after Hurricane Irma devastated her home and the Cody Kelly Preschool where she worked. Early childhood teachers from Barbuda came together with curriculum officers from the Ministry of Education’s Early Childhood Development Unit (ECDU) recently in a ‘get to know you’ session. This meeting provided a space for the Barbudan teachers to talk about their experiences with Hurricane Irma and to allow for expressions of hope and a vision for the future. More

Caribbean hurricanes wreak havoc on children


Hurricane Irma has already put hundreds of thousands of children at risk, with the poorest suffering its consequences the most.

The category 5 hurricane has caused massive damage in parts of the Eastern Caribbean, Dominican Republic, Haiti and Cuba, affecting homes, schools, health centres and basic infrastructures across the Caribbean. In its relentless path, more than 270,000 children have been directly affected, the great majority already living in the most vulnerable communities, who, in a matter of 10 days were bracing for another catastrophic hurricane, Maria. View the links below:

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Resilience and rebuilding on South Caicos after Hurricane Irma


SOUTH CAICOS - 20 September 2017 - When you’re flying down to land in South Caicos, one of the islands worst affected by Hurricane Irma in the Turks and Caicos chain, you first see the stunning beauty of the blue ocean and the white sandy beaches but then you become aware of the utter devastation; the damaged houses, the fallen trees, the buildings without roofs. The airport itself is broken and deserted. It’s an odd and disturbing contrast.

As an education specialist with UNICEF I was very keen to find out how we could make a difference in this time of crisis. We needed to discuss priorities. But first I wanted to see the schools for myself, having heard that they were very badly affected.  I didn’t know what I would find and was, frankly, nervous. More

The slow return to normalcy in TCI

PROVIDENCIALES, 15 September, 2017 - Jay Deanne, a sombre 11 year-old, is trying to put a brave face on things, especially for his brother, Kennedy. He is now safe in the Enid Capron Primary School, one of two government shelters set up for those caught up in the terrifying hurricane, Irma, on the island of Providenciales, Turks and Caicos. But he felt far from safe while Irma raged, “I was very scared...  More

Barbudans rebuilding their lives

St John’s, Antigua, September 12, 2017. Impressive. That’s the word I’d use to best describe what’s happening at the shelter for Barbudan evacuees I visited. At the National Technical Training Centre in Antigua, I saw that despite the trauma of hurricane Irma, people are trying to get back to some kind of normal routine.  There were a couple of seven year-olds happily playing dominoes together, while families chatted and went about their business. I was also really moved when I met one small girl who was clutching a teddy bear that had been donated. She’s one of 29 children there: the oldest is 16 and the youngest just two months old. More

Waiting and wondering: a Barbudan family in Antigua

                             St John’s, Antigua, 21 September, 2017. It’s the last day of registration for Barbudan evacuees at the RC Centre in St John’s, and Pauline George, a mother of five, is making sure she and her family are on the list. When Hurricane Irma hit, it left her with shattered windows, a flooded house, no electricity and in deep shock. More

Wide spread damage after Hurricane Irma

There has been massive destruction and human devastation in the Northern Caribbean small island developing states after a Category 5 Hurricane (Hurricane Irma) moved through the islands of Anguilla, Barbuda, the British Virgin Islands, St. Maarten/Martin, St. Barts, Puerto Rico, and the Turks and Caicos Islands. More

Hurricane Irma: SitRep #1

Hurricane Irma, a powerful Category 5 hurricane packing winds in excess of 185 miles per hour, impacted several Eastern Caribbean countries on 6 & 7 September 2017. The situation as of 7 September More

Deputy Executive Director signs new CDB-UN agreement

Barbados, 17 July 2017 - UNICEF has joined the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) in signing an agreement which is aimed at pushing the region’s development agenda in an era of shrinking financial resources.  Ms. Fatoumata Ndiaye, Deputy Executive Director (Management) journeyed from New York to CDB’s Barbados headquarters to sign the historic agreement on UNICEF’s behalf.  The CDB is a regional financial institution established in 1970 for the purpose of contributing to the harmonious economic growth and development of the Caribbean region. More in the Media Centre

PE curriculum driving higher standards

Chrizan excitedly runs to the playing field. According to the timetable, it’s time for her Physical Education (PE) class and the 10-year old and classmates in school in St. Lucia eagerly await the start of what has quickly become one of their favourite and most anticipated classes. More


Changes in Caribbean classrooms

Classrooms across several Eastern Caribbean countries are being transformed by a positive initiative which is gaining more ground every year. By the end of the 2016-2017 academic year, more than 68,000 primary school and 18,000 secondary school students in the sub-region would have been impacted by UNICEF’s work in this area.  This figure represents 58 % of primary and 39 % of secondary schools in 10 Eastern Caribbean countries.  Click more to view the video for more on the impact this programme is having.

UNICEF, CDEMA partner to protect children in disasters

BARBADOS, 7 June 2017 - UNICEF Eastern Caribbean Area Office and the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) have come together to position children at the centre of disaster preparedness and response in the Caribbean. More ...

ECD assuming greater importance in Eastern Caribbean



Life’s early years have a profound impact on a child’s future.

When loved, nourished and cared for in safe and stimulating environments, children develop the skills they need to embrace opportunity and bounce back from adversity.

 But nearly 40 per cent of children under five in some Eastern Caribbean countries are not having access to structured early childhood development environments.

Several Eastern Caribbean governments are undertaking various initiatives to reach young children with progressive ECD practices.

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Social inclusion and child rights monitoring

On November 15, 2016 the Government of St. Lucia and the UNICEF Eastern Caribbean Area office launched three reports: Child Well-Being in St. LuciaBudget Analysis for Investment in Children in St. Lucia & Fiscal Space for Social Protection Floor in St. Lucia. More

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