Burden. Threat. Criminal. What do you see? Can you look past the labels to see the child — the #Dreamer? "I was three years old when I came to the U.S. I don’t remember Mexico at all. I wouldn’t know what to do if I was sent back,” says 19-year-old Mayte, one of the nearly 800,000 Dreamers facing an uncertain future. "I have hope that I'll be able to graduate from college, work and live the life everyone else gets to live — without fearing deportation.” Watch our Instagram Story today to see more of Mayte’s story. #DefendDACA#ProtectDREAMers#AChildIsAChild
Scenes from #Antigua as @UNICEF distributes school and recreational supplies. We are there for children affected by Harvey, Irma and Jose. We will be there for children affected by #HurricaneMaria too. Working with partners, UNICEF is on the ground and has already deployed additional staff and humanitarian supplies — including water purification tablets, school-in-a-box kits, school bags, tents and more. More updates soon.
Burden. Threat. Criminal. What do you see? Can you look past the labels to see the child—the #dreamer?
One brave young woman and #DACA recipient shared her story with us: “The American dream isn’t easy, but this is a country built by immigrants who worked hard, and UNITED, have prospered. When I heard #DACA may be in jeopardy, my sank. I worry I’ll have no chance of succeeding in the country where I grew up—in my home. I comfort myself with these words—El pueblo unido, jamás será vencido! The people united will never be defeated!” Watch our Instagram Story and read Cinthia’s full story at the link in our bio. #DefendDACA#ProtectDREAMers#AChildIsAChild
Women unload #UNICEF relief supplies from a UN helicopter during a Rapid Response mission in #SouthSudan. Across the country, UNICEF and partners are working to prevent and treat malnutrition and malaria for children and their families, and improve access to education by training teachers and providing school supplies such as textbooks, teacher’s kits, recreational kits and school kits for children.
Sixteen-year-old Eman shares her drawings of hopes and dreams with UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Priyanka Chopra at a UNICEF supported Makani center in Amman, Jordan. “The young people I met have all survived fleeing Syria during the conflict," says Priyanka, "they thrive to be in school and are not giving up on their dreams and aspirations – and we shouldn’t give up on them – they need us more than ever.”
It's back-to school time in North East #Nigeria! #UNICEF and partners make this possible through the Safe Schools Initiative. Launched in 2014 in response to violence, abductions, and looting in schools by #BokoHaram, SSI has allowed over 213,985 vulnerable children to resume their education. #ChildrenFirst#FutureGenius
A joyful moment in the midst of chaos: 10-year-old Rabia skips rope near a #UNICEF supported Child-Friendly Space in Kutupalong, a makeshift settlement for #Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh. With the recent influx of refugees from #Myanmar, demand has increased and UNICEF is scaling up its response to provide refugee children with protection, nutrition, health, water and sanitation support.
6-year-old Bella helps fold donated clothes at a school in Antigua, currently sheltering families from #Barbuda whose homes were destroyed by #HurricaneIrma. “I wanted to volunteer with my grandma,” Bella says. “If the children can’t come here, they’d have nowhere to go, and another storm could come.” UNICEF's priority is providing safe drinking water and emotional support to children and their families, and in the coming months will help rehabilitate schools that were washed away in the storm.
Say hello to Omaima, Seba, Shaimaa, Hanin, Maria, Wafa, Ayat and Maram. "Their determination for #education, however much they can get, is incredible and truly overwhelming," says #UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador @priyankachopra. She met these teenage students, along with many other children and families, at the #Zaatari#refugee camp in Jordan this week. Follow her to see more from her field visit. #ChildrenofSyria#ChildrenFirst
Children and families arrive at a temporary shelter in Ouanaminthe, #Haiti, where several small villages suffered significant damage caused by #HurricaneIrma. UNICEF is on the ground there and in other affected countries, providing safe water, child protection services, Child Friendly Spaces and more. #Irma#ChildrenFirst
Early estimates suggest 74,000 people, including 20,000 children, have been affected across the #Caribbean. In the weeks and months ahead, #UNICEF will be helping children affected by both #HurricaneIrma and #HurricaneHarvey resume their education. The best way to get relief to the children most in need is to donate now — and spread the word that help is needed. #ChildrenFirst
More than 10.5 million children live in #Caribbean countries likely to be exposed to damage from #HurricaneIrma. The best way to help bring relief to the children most in need is to donate now via text or through the link in our bio, and please spread the word that help is needed. #ChildrenFirst
In the #DominicanRepublic, scenes of destruction lie in the wake of #HurricaneIrma. #UNICEF's immediate concern is providing drinking water, sanitation and child protection services. In the coming months, UNICEF and partners will help rebuild schools and establish Child Friendly Spaces for the thousands of children across the #Caribbean whose lives have been affected. Follow the link in our profile to make a donation, or text RELIEF to 864233 to donate $10. #IrmaHurricane#HurricaneIrma2017
Mohammed, 8, from #Myanmar is one of 125K newly arrived Rohingya refugees in #Bangladesh. #UNICEF is scaling up it's response by providing protection, nutrition, health, water and sanitation support.
Children make their way to a flood shelter in northern #Bangladesh. Millions of children have been affected by recent flooding across #SouthAsia. Alongside partners @unicef is providing lifesaving supplies and rebuilding schools. #ChildrenFirst
We agree with 9-year-old Mirna, from Iraq: EVERY child has the right to an education. Mirna's dream is to become a lawyer so she can fight for children's rights in her country, where over 3 million children have had their education disrupted by conflict. UNICEF is helping kids like Mirna around the world receive the education they deserve, so they can realize their dreams. You can help: Follow the link in our profile to fill the backpack of a #FutureGenius with the tools they need to succeed.
hands! Mussawir, 4, from #Afghanistan holds up his brightly painted hands during #ArtsAndCrafts at a #UNICEF-supported #education center in Epirus, Greece, where #800 refugee and migrant children are living at temporary accommodation sites and in hotels and apartments. UNICEF and friends are working with governments to strengthen child protection systems for all children. #ChildrenFirst
Ready for School: Adnan, 8, carries his newly received backpack distributed by @unicef_mena to children returning with their families to the city of Tabqah, #Syria. Adnan and his family were originally displaced from Aleppo to Raqqa two years ago, before they were forced to flee again. “I miss my school mates," says Adnan. "We were all forced to flee home and lost touch. I always wonder if they’re still alive." #ChildrenofSyria#education
“I want to become a teacher because I want everyone to go to school and learn,” says Onikeh, 8, from Kono, #SierraLeone. #Education gives children like her the skills to build a bigger future. #FutureGenius
It’s play time in the new Child Friendly Space at a hospital malnutrition ward in Borno, #Nigeria! With support from @unicefnigeria and friends, children affected by conflict can play and learn in a safe environment. #EarlyMomentsMatter