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At a glance: Paraguay


A young girl dreams, despite adversity
PUERTO FALCÓN, Paraguay, 13 August 2014 – Amada Zuleide Maldonado, 7, is the kind of girl the indigenous Guarani culture describes with the word juky – graceful. Amada comes from Chaco'i, where the Parana and Paraguay rivers converge, 30 miles (50 km) from the capital, Asunción.

Amidst severe poverty, community centres aid families in Paraguay
BAÑADO SUR, Paraguay, 21 October 2010 – The Cateura Dump, in the Bañado Sur area along the Paraguay River, is the final dumping site for more than 1,500 tons of solid waste each day. Poor waste management has caused the country’s most essential water supply to become dangerously polluted and the environment contaminated.

Health workers aim to vaccinate 30 million in the Americas
MARISCAL ESTIGARRIBIA, Paraguay, 5 May 2009 – A massive effort is under way to vaccinate 30 million people in 44 countries and territories in the Western Hemisphere.

UNICEF-supported project brings year-round safe water to Paraguay’s semi-arid region
NAZARETH, Paraguay, 12 November 2007 – Like many communities in Paraguay’s semi-arid region, Nazareth receives nearly all of its rain between the months of November and March. During this time, safe drinking water is plentiful.

At regional forum, Latin America unites to recognize children’s first right – to identity
ASUNCION, Paraguay, 29 August 2007 – Throughout Latin America, one in six children does not legally exist because he or she was not registered at birth. That means almost 2 million of the approximately 11 million annual births in the region are not registered.

‘Return to happiness’ programme helps children recover from trauma
ASCUNCION, 13 August 2004 – The terrible fire on 1 August, in which more than 400 Paraguayans, including at least 46 children, lost their lives, has left many families and children grieving. In order to help affected children cope with their emotions and begin their return to a normal life, UNICEF is supporting a programme of psychosocial assistance called ‘Return to Happiness’.




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