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You can read here the latest feature stories and blogs about children's lives in Tajikistan.

You will not hear my voice, but now I know how to be heard
DUSHANBE, May 2017 – After a huge day at a national production workshop with more than 80 people developing videos, animations, posters and smartphone apps about children with disabilities, Firdavs went straight to his father to show him a photograph.

Young sisters attend school for the first time in remote Tajikistan village
It is only 7AM, but seven year old Farishtamoh is already dressed in her blue uniform, with her schoolbag next to her, ready and eager to go to school.

“I didn’t know I had the right to participate in decisions affecting my own life …”
Somewhere in the very north of Tajikistan, on the border with Kyrgyzstan lies a small town called Shurob (in Tajik it means salty water).

The UNICEF Hot Air Balloon inspires children of Tajikistan to follow their dream
The celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the Convention of the Rights of the Child was further marked for children in Central Asia when the UNICEF Hot Air Balloon “Flying High for Kids” was launched in the region.

Children meet children at Imagine Project
For the first time in Tajikistan, an inclusive chorus of 36 children with hearing and speech impairments and children without disabilities sang Imagine together as a part of the global project to mark the 25th Anniversary of the CRC

Giving children a better chance in life
How UNICEF and UNV can make a difference

Efforts in girls’ education in Tajikistan resulted in community mobilization and increased education opportunities
Girls’ education is a considerable concern in Tajikistan where only 88% of girls complete their basic education.

In Tajikistan, Diphtheria vaccination reaches every child
DUSHANBE, Tajikistan, 12 October 2012 – On an autumn afternoon in one of the most remote valleys nestled high up in the peaks of north Tajikistan, children rode on donkeys to help their families bring grass and wood for the winter.

UNICEF delivers aid to Tajik children affected by severe winter
Dushanbe, 3 March 2008 – The lengthy harsh winter in Tajikistan and cuts in energy and water supplies has led to hypothermia among newly born babies and children in institutions.

Interviews with children. January 30, 2008
UNICEF Tajikistan Communication Officer Parveena Muhammedkhajaeva visited schools and hospitals in areas of Rudaki, a district outside and surrounding the capital, Dushanbe, to find out how children were coping with the severe, cold weather conditions in

Communities solve lack of health facilities - by building their own
Dushanbe, 14 September, 2007 – Neighbouring communities in Tajikistan left with little or no healthcare after years of conflict have taken matters into their own hands – and built two health centres.

A gift of life
Four-year-old Shukrona is a typical girl for her age, energetic and forever on the go, with mother always keeping an eye out, not knowing what mischief the girl might get into. But, when Shukrona was born, there was doubt whether she would survive.

A man for all seasons
There are certain, rare individuals who light up a room when they enter and immediately create a sense of trust. Dr Sabir Kurbanov is such a person. With his quiet dignity and distinguished countenance, he represents the best that UNICEF has to offer.

The school bells are ringing for Bozigajon, Marjana and Saida
In Tajikistan, the first of September brings joy to schoolchildren every year. It marks the beginning of the academic year: a new year of sports, making friends, homework and learning new things.

Altering attitudes to preserve families
The institution - more properly referred to as a boarding school - is located in the Gafurov district of northern Tajikistan. It is named after the Tajik hero, Urunkhujaev.

Children take the lead in improving access to safe water and sanitation
Three hundred schoolchildren representing Tajikistan's 58 districts and 185 of the country's schools gathered in the capital, Dushanbe, to participate in the first National Children's Water Forum, from 21 to 23 August 2003.

Different people, different minds
Is it possible for any good to come out of the HIV and AIDS epidemic? We hear of people suffering throughout the world and of the uphill efforts being made by governments to combat the disease

A tree grows
The sun may also come out tomorrow, but, today, it is shining brightly on Aziza Jalilova. She is one of many young people helping to make Tajikistan's future a promising one.

Youth educate peers on HIV/AIDS prevention
Once unknown among Tajikistan's predominantly Muslim population, HIV/AIDS is spreading with increasing speed across this mountainous country

Fostering youth participation at home and speaking out abroad
DUSHANBE, 22 March 2007 - Olamafruz Kurbonali, 15, is playing an important role in moderating local debate clubs. Debate clubs are all about helping young people to develop their confidence and ability to express their views on issues affecting their live

Polio immunization in Tajikistan: Reaching out to those who are hardest to reach
We are in settlements that are home to one of the most important target groups for the polio vaccination campaign – Roma.





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