18 July 2023

Painting with purpose

The narrow, muddy alleyways of Korail slum in Dhaka lead to a small room packed with about 40 children. The mood inside this room with tin walls is happy and cheerful, oblivious to the otherwise gloomy surroundings. Nine-year-old Mim and her friends watch a series of images projected on the wall. Pictures from Bangladesh – fishermen in a boat,…, This fun, interactive art session helps to bring more children to the hubs and connect them to critical services., UNICEF/UN0851640/Mawa Mim takes her turn to make the hub brighter and welcoming to more children like herself. Mim takes her turn to make the hub brighter and welcoming to more children like herself., Mim takes her turn to make the hub brighter and welcoming to more children like herself., UNICEF/UN0851635/Mawa Mim takes her turn to make the hub brighter and welcoming to more children like herself. Mim takes her turn to make the hub brighter and welcoming to more children like herself., Mim takes her turn to make the hub brighter and welcoming to more children like herself., UNICEF/UN0851645/Mawa fun, interactive art session Mim takes her turn to make the hub brighter and welcoming to more children like herself. Mim takes her turn to make the hub brighter and welcoming to more children like herself. Linda Valente Da Silva Acouri, a Brazilian artist who specializes in engaging children through art, shuffles through…, An unusual but effective tool, The art exercise in the community hub has been commissioned by UNICEF and Bangladesh’s Ministry of Women and Child Affairs to make the hubs welcoming, draw more children in to access social services and to help the children to feel a sense of ownership as they work with the artist to express themselves and brighten up the space. “Prior to each…, Bright colours, happy faces: As children paint and make the hub more visible, they open the door for more of their peers to come to the hub., UNICEF/UN0851646/Mawa Bright colours, happy faces Bright colours, happy faces, Bright colours, happy faces: As children paint and make the hub more visible, they open the door for more of their peers to come to the hub., UNICEF/UN0851644/Mawa Bright colours, happy faces Bright colours, happy faces, Bright colours, happy faces: As children paint and make the hub more visible, they open the door for more of their peers to come to the hub., UNICEF/UN0851639/Mawa Bright colours, happy faces Bright colours, happy faces Bright colours, happy faces In a country where 45 million children experience violence at home, about 6.8 million are engaged in child labour and half of girls are married before their 18 th  birthday, the need for child protection services is apparent. “Sometimes it’s…, Scaling up solutions to protect children, Linda and the VACW coordinators have trained 70 local artists, taking them through how she gets children to open up and participate during the art sessions. Together, she and the local artists have now engaged about 50,000 children in 700 community hubs across Bangladesh, focusing on underprivileged children. Although they live right in the heart…, In the UNICEF-supported hubs, children are connected to services that help to prevent child marriage, child labour and violence, UNICEF/UN0851638/Mawa In the UNICEF-supported hubs, children are connected to services that help to prevent child marriage, child labour and violence. In the UNICEF-supported hubs, children are connected to services that help to prevent child marriage, child labour and violence., In the UNICEF-supported hubs, children are connected to services that help to prevent child marriage, child labour and violence., UNICEF/UN0855634/Mawa In the UNICEF-supported hubs, children are connected to services that help to prevent child marriage, child labour and violence. In the UNICEF-supported hubs, children are connected to services that help to prevent child marriage, child labour and violence., In the UNICEF-supported hubs, children are connected to services that help to prevent child marriage, child labour and violence., UNICEF/UN0851642/Mawa In the UNICEF-supported hubs, children are connected to services that help to prevent child marriage, child labour and violence. In the UNICEF-supported hubs, children are connected to services that help to prevent child marriage, child labour and violence., In the UNICEF-supported hubs, children are connected to services that help to prevent child marriage, child labour and violence., UNICEF/UN0851643/Mawa In the UNICEF-supported hubs, children are connected to services that help to prevent child marriage, child labour and violence In the UNICEF-supported hubs, children are connected to services that help to prevent child marriage, child labour and violence. In the UNICEF-supported hubs, children are connected to services that…, A burst of colour lights up the day, After taking turns painting bit by bit the little artists in the room are happy to see the finished product. Throughout the session Linda continues to guide the children, reminding them to wait their turn if their friend is painting in the same spot they want, to share and to take care of the painting materials. Today’s art session has made the…
15 May 2023

Newborn Rohingya refugee baby Hosne Ara and mother Hasina wait out Cyclone Mocha’s landfall

“I have been living with mixed feelings of happiness and anxiety for the last twenty-four hours," says Hasina, a Rohingya refugee living in the camps in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. She gave birth to her daughter, Hosne Ara, a day before Cyclone Mocha wreaked havoc in the southeast coast of Bangladesh.  , A mother’s fears as a cyclone draws near, Baby Hosne Ara Baby Hosne Ara, born on the eve Cyclone Mocha’s anticipated landfall. Cyclone Mocha had the potential to turn into one of the most severe natural disasters to hit Bangladesh in the past five years. For the one million Rohingya refugees living in the densely packed camps in Cox’s Bazar, the fear of destruction and further deprivation…, Preparing for landfall, Staff prepare jerry cans for distribution Staff prepare jerry cans for distribution, Staff prepare jerry cans for distribution at the UNICEF warehouse in Cox's Bazar ahead of Cyclone Mocha., UNICEF/UN0841641/Lateef refugee volunteers refugee volunteers, Over 3,000 refugee volunteers were trained and equipped to be first responders in the camps., UNICEF/ UN0842333/Lateef Rohingya families seek shelter Rohingya families seek shelter, Rohingya families seek shelter as Cyclone Mocha brought heavy rainfall and strong winds., UNICEF/ UN0842329/Mukut Staff prepare jerry cans for distribution refugee volunteers Rohingya families seek shelter As Cyclone Mocha loomed closer, UNICEF prepared to respond to the emergency needs of refugee children and families who would be affected the worst. UNICEF prepositioned emergency health kits, essential medicines, water purification…, Spared the worst, To Hasina’s relief, the Rohingya refugee camps were spared the worst. Even then, the strong winds and heavy rainfall uprooted trees and damaged hundreds of shelters and facilities. The bravery and dedication of thousands of Rohingya refugee volunteers who evacuated hundreds of people to safer locations in the camps helped their own communities. In…
10 April 2023

“I used to be scared of people because of how they treated us”

Hasib does not know his exact age. He guesses that he should be 12 now, and that he first came to Dhaka from his village in southwestern Bangladesh when he was just 7. He does not remember much of his childhood, but he remembers how sad and angry he felt when he had to leave his home, in search of a better life. His father had left the family, and…, Forced to fend for the family, Hasib sells books and chocolate Hasib sells books and chocolate, Hasib sells books and chocolate to travellers passing through the bus terminal to support his mother and younger sister., UNICEF Bangladesh/2023/Sujan Hasib sells books and chocolate Hasib sells books and chocolate, Hasib sells books and chocolate to travellers passing through the bus terminal to support his mother and younger sister., © UNICEF Bangladesh/2023/Sujan Hasib sells books and chocolate Hasib sells books and chocolate Hasib lived on the streets with his mother Hasina for several years. With the arrival of his baby sister Mim, his responsibilities grew. At times, the family was able to rent a place to stay in the slums. “But they always threw us out when we couldn't…, A sanctuary for children who have nowhere else to go, Hasib at a UNICEF Child Protection Service Hub Hasib at a UNICEF Child Protection Service Hub, Hasib at a UNICEF Child Protection Service Hub, practising his school work, resting and eating a healthy meal. At the hubs, children also receive counselling, and have the opportunity to play and learn with other children, UNICEF Bangladesh/2023/Sujan Hasib at a UNICEF Child Protection Service Hub Hasib at a UNICEF Child Protection Service Hub, Hasib at a UNICEF Child Protection Service Hub, practising his school work, resting and eating a healthy meal. At the hubs, children also receive counselling, and have the opportunity to play and learn with other children., UNICEF Bangladesh/2023/Sujan Hasib at a UNICEF Child Protection Service Hub Hasib at a UNICEF Child Protection Service Hub, Hasib at a UNICEF Child Protection Service Hub, practising his school work, resting and eating a healthy meal. At the hubs, children also receive counselling, and have the opportunity to play and learn with other children., UNICEF Bangladesh/2023/Sujan Hasib at a UNICEF Child Protection Service Hub Hasib at a UNICEF Child Protection Service Hub Hasib at a UNICEF Child Protection Service Hub “While we do not know the exact number of children in street situations in Bangladesh, every child who spends the majority of their time, day or night, on the street is one child…, Back to school and a place to stay, Hasib plays with his younger sister Hasib plays with his younger sister, Hasib plays with his younger sister Mim in the slum neighbourhood where they now have a room of their own., UNICEF Bangladesh/2023/Sujan Hasib plays with his younger sister Hasib plays with his younger sister, Hasib plays with his younger sister Mim in the slum neighbourhood where they now have a room of their own., UNICEF Bangladesh/2023/Sujan Hasib plays with his younger sister Hasib plays with his younger sister The pressure of providing for his mother and sister sometimes became too much for Hasib. When he first came to the hub, Makhsuda – a social worker at the hub – counselled him and his mother, and Hasib gradually became less distressed. When Hasib…, Social workers making a difference, Makhsuda – a social worker at the hub – continues to keep in touch with Hasib and his family Makhsuda – a social worker at the hub – continues to keep in touch with Hasib and his family. With her support, Hasib started going to school again. Hasib’s story shows how a skilled and motivated social worker can change the course of a child’s life.…