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#KidsTakeOver for World Children’s Day

Young people to join leaders from politics, sport and entertainment for celebration of children’s rights Ireland’s Taoiseach and top Ministers joined with youth advocates to raise their voices and reimagine post-pandemic world for children in celebration of World Children’s Day 2020. World Children’s Day is a day of action for children, by children, and this … Continued

Everything You Need to Know About Polio

Curious to learn more about Polio? Read on to discover how the disease is spread, its symptoms and the importance of immunization in the fight against poliovirus. Polio Disease History Polio has been with us for millennia. Ancient Egyptians created art depicting adults and children walking with canes or limping with withered limbs. Roman Emperor … Continued

He is aiming to raise a million for Yemen

Dublin- October 2020: It all comes from one talented individual. Mick has pledged to raise a million for Yemen. Ireland’s very own West Coast rapper, Mick D is a master lyricist with a natural talent for song writing. He has produced many tracks since his 2016 debut ‘I love Mayo’ landed him on TV3. He … Continued

The Princess and the Pea(nut Paste)

A girl’s journey from severe acute malnutrition to recovery in eight weeks. Aweil, South Sudan – Thursday is not admission day in Gabat nutrition clinic, but Einas knows that her baby girl needs help. She takes a seat on the large plastic-woven mat, laid out in the shade of a gigantic mango tree. Einas is … Continued

Flag Day in Galway: A Great Success

Comhghairdeas to the brilliant people of Galway! On Saturday, September 19th, 13 very motivated volunteers from Galway raised funds and awareness on Shop Street for the situation in Lebanon, after the terrible explosions that have ripped through Beirut on August 4th, 2020. They woke up early and set up a stand in Shop Street where … Continued

How your Support Has Helped us to Respond to the Beirut Explosions

“I feel different after the explosion. I’m always scared, and I still dream about the feeling of the blast. It keeps me awake at night.” says Hanan, 8 years old. UNICEF | Lebanon | Choufany The consequences of the explosions that broke out at the Port of Beirut, on the 4th of August 2020, have … Continued

Irish teenagers are among the least satisfied with life in the rich world  

Report Card author reflects on findings for Irish children By Yekaterina Chzhen, Trinity College Dublin   The latest UNICEF report on childhood in rich countries – Worlds of Influence – puts Ireland in 26th place out of 38 OECD/EU countries for adolescent mental well-being. Yet thanks to better scores on physical health (17th), and academic and social skills (6th), … Continued

Being there for children in Lebanon – UNICEF Ambassador Cathy Kelly

By Cathy Kelly, Author & UNICEF Ireland Ambassador The news reports speed by as I watch: small children, their little faces injured from the flying glass. Tiny heads bandaged, and bulging dressings around ears, because fragile eardrums have been agonisingly blown out. Whatever the injury, their eyes all look the same. Fearful, terrified, staring into … Continued

What is Happening in Lebanon?

The massive explosion that rocked the port of Beirut on August 4th, is the latest disaster to strike the country. A dire economic crisis, deepened by COVID-19, has already pushed families to the edge, with many unable to afford food, hygiene, water and fuel. Now the consequences of the Beirut explosion could push this fragile … Continued

The growing food crisis in Eastern and Southern Africa 

Grainne Moloney UNICEF Regional Nutrition Specialist in Eastern and Southern Africa   The COVID-19 pandemic has spread across the world. Children and adolescents are less directly affected by the virus, but they are the most vulnerable when critical food supplies and health services become overwhelmed and income levels drop. In Eastern and Southern Africa, countries … Continued

Covid-19 outbreak and its effect in the Middle East

With the ongoing conflicts and disasters affecting millions of children and young people around the world, COVID 19 is a global socio-economic earthquake in the region’s conflict zones. It has arrived at a time of unprecedented global need, with a record 168 million people already requiring humanitarian assistance at the beginning of the year. Syria … Continued