Stories from the field
Our stories from the field deliver an insight into how UNICEF improves children's lives. Below you will find stories from all around the world.
Child Labourers in Nepal Given Classes for a Brighter Future
Like any other 10 year old, Tara Nepali from Dang district in Nepal, loves playing with her friends, wearing nice clothes and going to school.
However, she is different than many other children in her community.
At the tender age of 10, she is shouldering the responsibility of taking care of her new-born brother and helping her family to earn money.
5 o'clock start
Every day, Tara wakes up at 5 o’clock in the morning to help her step-mother with household chores and babysit her young brother. Once her chores are complete, she goes to the stone quarry with her older brother to break stones, while their father goes to the workshop where he works as a mechanic.
“Every day, my brother and I go to work in…
7 October 2011
Textbooks cause as much excitement as comics!
New to school
Somali school children flip through paperback books with as
much excitement as if they were the very latest comics.
The pages, however, are covered with maths, science formulas and
12 September 2011
A cloudy day with no rain
By Manuel Moreno.
When the skies fill with a grey blanket of thick clouds and the wind blows hard, anywhere else in the world would be expecting rain – but Dadaab, the sprawl of refugee camps…
Abdile's Story - A father's devotion helps his young son survive
By Christopher Tidey.
In a community of mothers, Abdile stands apart as the consummate father.
Abdile, his wife, four children and their paternal grandmother left home in Somalia in search…
Pakistan Floods, One Year On: Shahbaz Goes Back to School
A one-room school
“Before the floods, this village had a one-room mosque school (Masjid). Most of the children sat under a tree.
"We now have this beautiful school and the children love it,”…
3 August 2011
Genete's story, Finding help for a sick child in Ethiopia
Genete Mohammed was in a state. She could not work out what was wrong with her 18-month old daughter, Iman.
“Iman’s body was swollen – on her face and shoulders,” Ms. Mohammed
Through the desert storm in the Horn of Africa
It was a difficult decision, but in the end Hawa Issak decided to leave her home.
The drought had destroyed her entire family’s livelihood, her husband had left her and she was pregnant. She…
Peter lives free of his mother's HIV
Peter Chongo, a healthy and happy baby, lives in rural Zambia. With the help of Global Parents , he is free of the HIV that his mother lives with.
Without their support, his life could have been…
7 July 2011
Nepal becomes free of minefields
22 June 2011
As monsoon clouds gathered over a hill in the Kathmandu valley, two loud explosions filled the air. People cheered as smoke billowed from the top of the hill. Nepal had become free of…
5 July 2011
Immunising children in Madagascar
The Ankariera health centre, in Madagascar, is a small three-room clinic and the only facility in a 10 km radius. Mothers line up outside in the hot sun with their children, waiting for immunisations and…