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Syrian refugee women are using their skills to help children survive winter.

Children and their families are living in basic conditions, lacking warm clothes, blankets or heating.

Some Syrian families are attempting to live in relative normality, as fighting takes place down the road.

Helping children return to school as quickly as possible after a natural disaster is vital.

Statement from UNICEF Director of Data, Research and Policy Laurence Chandy

Of every 1000 children under five in Kiribati, 47 will die, often from entirely preventable causes. But that's changing.

In Kiribati, UNICEF's work is putting children on the path to prosperity

We have been talking to rangatahi throughout the country about their opinions on issues affecting them.

One of the biggest impacts in Tonga of Cyclone Gita has been to children's education

Kiwi babies have excellent chances of surviving their first month, but global deaths of newborn babies remain alarmingly high

Within Syria, it is estimated more than six million people are displaced by conflict. Nearly 70 precent of the population lives in acute poverty.

After almost eight years of way, Syrian children are determined not to miss out on their education

New Zealand kicked off the global celebrations for World Children’s Day in true kiwi fashion.

The majority of children in Timor-Leste do not go to pre-school, but with the support of UNICEF, 123 community pre-schools, making a huge difference for children as they enter the school system.

New Zealander Jessica Stall is helping to change the lives of children at home and overseas.

Iman fled the war in Syria with her four children, but just when she thought they were safe – they faced a threat they couldn’t escape: winter

Syrian children have been fighting to survive war, hunger, poverty and disease. But now they are fighting to survive the cold.

In 2017 the Manaro volcano, on Vanuatu’s Ambae Island, started to erupt. Within days, the island’s residents were evacuated.

“Children are our future, so what better way to help children than by supporting UNICEF’s mission to advance the rights of every child' says Linda Jenkinson.

New Zealand has one of the most unequal education systems in the world and the gap between the highest and lowest performing students is being exacerbated by the effects of poverty

Yemen is one of the worst places in the world to be a child. UNICEF supporters are helping children survive.

Out of 38 OECD countries, New Zealand ranks 33rd when it comes to education equality.

Maia has loved writing since she was five years old. Now she's using that passion to help vulnerable children around the world.

When disaster strikes, UNICEF is there to protect and care for children.

Meet some of the amazing children around the world who refuse to let things like war, conflict or natural disaster stand in the way of getting an education.

3 year old Lisa was traumatised by the Sulawesi disaster. UNICEF is helping her recover.

Joemar weighed only 3.3kg. He urgently needed help.

Media Release: Aid starting to flow in Indonesia as access improves

Media Release: As Indonesian death toll mounts, concern for children grows

Eight-year-old Bassam and his family have been running from war for five years, only to have it chase them every step of the way

My bags and I are heading to Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh — the largest refugee settlement in the world

It is the worst humanitarian crisis in the world, and yet most people wouldn’t have heard of it, let alone being able to locate it on a map.

Hidden in the ghettos, scattered on the outskirts of this ancient turmeric-coloured city, and milling about in centres are hundreds of migrants, stranded, with dashed hopes and unfulfilled dreams.

Having escaped persecution in Myanmar, hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh are now at risk from the wild storms hammering the region.

New Zealand still isn’t immune from outbreaks of disease, and a lack of vaccination can still be a death sentence for kiwi children.

How we can reduce the rates of child poverty in our country?

NZ is in the middle of a housing crisis with many sides - cost, quality and availability among them. But every child has the right to a safe and healthy home.

How can we ensure that every Kiwi child gets a fair chance to learn?

Poverty and poor housing is making our kids sick.

Right now, one child dies every 20 seconds from a vaccine-preventable disease. But your desperately needed support can save a child's life.

The war in Yemen has taken a devastating toll on children. They urgently need food, clean water and medicine to survive.

Whether facing disasters, conflict or disease – you’ll be giving the most vulnerable children around the world the chance to survive and thrive.

Syrian children have suffered through seven years of horrific war. With no end in sight, they need help now more than ever.

Rohingya children survived extreme violence, but now they face a danger they can’t escape: monsoon season 

As the world shifts its attention to the thousands of families fleeing war torn Syria, I feel obligated to write about the few who have returned.

Until poverty, unemployment and poor living conditions are addressed, Somali children will continue to live, and die, from the menace of hunger.

11-year-old Sabah has seen things no child should see. But even being confronted with violence on almost a daily basis, going back to school was her dream.

The impact of climate change on kids has increased spectacularly over the last ten years. It's now a concern that has huge ramifications for how families live.

19 year old Lyric Brooklyn has spent time living on the streets since his early teens. He talks about the challenges of being young and homeless in Wellington.

There has been progress in tackling poverty around the world but many children still miss out. These facts galvanise UNICEF to take action to end child poverty.

Marie-Pierre Poirier recently travelled the migrant route through the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Serbia and Croatia. She shares her story with us.

Toby Fricker shares his experience of meeting young children determined to keep learning while living on the frontline of Ukraine's violent eastern conflict.

Violence against children in the South Pacific is a silent plague that has the power to undo all the positive development efforts made in the region.

New Zealand's approach to ensuring the rights of our children are upheld has come under the scrutiny of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child.

Kyla Reina is a Women's Refuge counsellor who works with children of women living in abusive relationships. She says that young people are victims as well.

When 19-year-old, award-winning shot putter Nathaniel is not training, he's helping out Kiwi kids as a teacher aide at a Hutt Valley kindergarten.

As violence escalates in the Syrian region of Raqqa, families have been fleeing their homes to poorly equipped temporary shelters and camps.

Shanthi Renuka Liyanage was thousands of kilometres away when she heard that her home had been washed away...

Malnourished and feeble, the infant had been suffering from diarrhoea and vomiting for close to a month..

There are children sprawled on the floor of wards, twisting and turning with discomfort upon their mattresses...

Hamish from UNICEF explains how the work he helps coordinate ensures a more prosperous future for kids growing up in the Solomon Islands...

These small island states in the Northern Pacific are remote, and their inhabitants, including many children, have been missing out...

Everyone knew when Zajhyn Eruera, 10, was unhappy. He would scream and shout at the teachers, flip over tables and then bolt for the door

Clouds of dust billow across the pathways of Badanrero Village. As the dust picks up momentum, small children and goats scurry for shelter...

The first light of morning brought bad news to Mohammed, in the small hospital room where he has been staying

Three-year-old Nur has been vomiting for three days, with severe diarrhoea, and now his father watches him, wondering if he waited too long to bring him in...

Eight times a day, the water arrives by bicycle, sloshing around in big, yellow jerry cans tied to a creaking bicycle frame.

“If this well dries up completely, I think we are going to be finished. This is the end of us.”

When Cyclone Winston hit Fiji last year, ferocious winds knocked down everything in their path and a tsunami-like storm surge removed almost all that remained.

Thirteen-year-old Ahmad doesn’t go to school. Instead, he goes to work. Hard, back-breaking work...

The Kingdom of Thailand wants every child in the country to receive an education, no matter where they come from...

We’ve all heard the horrors from Syria but far fewer people are talking about Yemen...

An unusual ally has been enlisted in the fight against polio in the war-torn mountains of Yemen: donkeys.

Every day we see the very worst of what people can do to one another, and the very worst conditions that people are forced to survive in

In Yemen’s classrooms, books and pencils are being replaced by mortars and automatic weapons.

Schools are helping Syrian children overcome the horrors they’ve experienced. But freezing classrooms are driving countless children away from learning.

Syrian children have already been through so much. And now as a deadly winter looms, children face snow storms and the freezing cold.

In the night I wake suddenly, because I see the killing and the people who were shot. I see those things again...

Cox’s Bazar was once known for its fishing, its tourist attractions, and having the world’s longest beach...

For eight hours Camilia Nazerio hid in her bathroom with a 10-week-old baby, while one of the strongest hurricanes ever recorded bore down on them.

It would be unconscionable for us to watch other countries suffer and drown while we reap the benefits of cheap labour from those same countries.

It was three years ago, on a Tuesday morning, when Boko Haram stormed Zara’s village, and the slaughter began...

Abdullah rubs the stem of a flying dragonfly toy between his palms, as if for warmth, and gasps with delight as friction shoots the colourful propellor...

When Ruba was born 1000 days ago, frail and underweight, her mother, Fawzia, was already sick and malnourished. Fawzia’s husband, Mastour, was struggling...

In an area plagued by gang violence, sport and recreational activities offer children a haven from insecurity on the streets of El Salvador.

In a crisis that has shocked the world with its scale, it is the number of children struggling to exist within that crisis that is truly staggering.

Find out what we're doing to help create a world where every child has the chance to survive and thrive.

Vaccines protect children against disease and death, saving up to three million lives every year.

Vaccines work. We're busting some of the most common myths around vaccinations so you can learn the truth.