ZimbabweÃs second round of its 2007 Child Health Days began this Monday. This critical campaign targets two million children with polio vaccine and basic childhood immunisation.Now in its third consecutive year, Child Health Days have played a significant role in raising immunisation rates and boosting child-survival-efforts in Zimbabwe. 40 year old Edith Mwanyali regrets that in the past she has missed the opportunity to protect her children. Mrs Mwanyali says home visits and strong information campaigns ensured she was aware of this weekÃs Child Health Days. The community mobilisation has been critical to the success of the Child Health Days. Tens of thousands of selfless, hardworking medical staff and volunteers underscore why there is so much reason to be positive in Zimbabwe.
The atrocious violence that swept through Kenya after Decemberís disputed presidential election has meant untold misery for children.Hundreds of thousands of children have been displaced, now forced to live in bleak camps and tents across the country. The violence erupted as children sought to begin their new school year. Typically a sanctuary for millions of Kenyan children, this new education year commenced with burning schools, teachers in hiding far from their classrooms, and students fleeing homes as their precious books and uniforms were turned to ashes. Tonight thousands of Kenyan children will sleep with these nightmares, hungry and in crowded rooms. When they wake, many have no schools to go to. But amid the turmoil, UNICEF is ensuring protection and normalcy for as many children as it can. Education is providing a means.Safe now and back at a UNICEF-supported school on the edge of Nairobiís biggest slum, young Pinto Omondi has some advice for his countryís leaders.
Continuing its distinguished 73-year association with the Academy Awards,PricewaterhouseCoopers today announced that Brad Oltmanns and Rick Rosas will lead the balloting process for the 79th Annual Academy Awards. PricewaterhouseCoopers' engagement with the Academy represents a tremendous honor for the firm. In 73 years, only 12 partners have counted the ballots. To promote secrecy, Oltmanns and Rosas lead a closed-mouth group of accountants who work on the project from a secret location for several days. There are approximately 6,000 voting members, which translates to approximately 1,700 "person-hours"each year to count and verify the ballots.
Summer vacation. Itís what kids look forward to all year long. So when planning your familyís trips this year, remember to choose destinations that offer activities for everyone. This is especially true for the families of the 9 million children in America who have asthma. Consider climate, pollution, seasonal allergens and access to medical facilities when choosing your destination. Dr. Derek Johnson, pediatric allergist and immunologist: ìAsthma does not have to be a vacation stopper. The most important thing parents can do is plan ahead. You can go online and you can look at pollen counts and pollution levels in the cities that youíre traveling to and know what to expect when you arrive.î Choosing lodging also can be tricky when traveling with a child with asthma. Potential irritants such as smoke, mold and dust mites are everywhere.
The North American International Auto Show (previously called the Detroit Auto Show and often abbreviated NAIAS) is an annual automobile show (or auto show) that occurs every year in Detroit, Michigan. The show begins with press preview days, industry preview days and a charity preview event. The charity preview raises money for local children's charities. In 2004 and 2005, the charity preview attracted 17,500 people at $400 a ticket and raised $7 million in total. 2006 was the sixth consecutive year the charity preview event raised over $6 million. 35,711 tickets were sold for the industry preview representing people from 24 countries in 2005 and 6,897 credentialed press from 63 countries. Over 800,000 attended during the days the show was open to the general public in 2004. It is estimated that the show provides over $500 million to the local economy. The NAIAS was long the only auto show in the United States sanctioned by the Organisation Internationale des Constructeurs d'Automobiles, however since 2006 the Greater Los Angeles Auto Show was recognized and,starting in 2007, the Chicago Auto Show was as well
Hot Wheels' first-ever Designer's Challenge saw the participation of six automotive manufacturers, with the aim of designing and creating an original Hot Wheels vehicle.This event marked the first time Hot Wheels has turned outside the company to seek new vehicle designs. Automotive manufacturer participants in the Hot WheelsÆ Designer's Challengeô - Dodge, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Lotus and Mitsubishi - were tasked with designing a car that captured the die-cast brand's core essence of speed, power, performance and attitude, while also encompassing the distinct attributes of each company's automotive brand values. In addition, each car had to be able to perform a loop on classic Hot WheelsÆ orange track. The top three designs from each automotive manufacturer were selected and presented to a panel of judges that included editors from the Los Angeles Times, Car and Driver, and Men's Journal, along with Hot WheelsÆ designers and executives.
Somalia is an intolerable place for its 4 million children. Without an effective central government since 1991, two generations have had their childhood shattered by war, famine and disease. Today intensified fighting, drought, and a nutritional crisis threaten to make 2008 one of the worst-ever years for SomaliaÃs forgotten children. It is an appalling prospect.This week new figures from the United Nations ChildrenÃs Fund show malnutrition on the rise. At a hospital in northern Somalia, Dr Hodan Ahmed is dealing with the human face behind the new numbers. Estimates put the number of those killed by fighting and famine at one million. The number of internally displaced, girls such as 13-year-old Khadi Abdire, has doubled in the last six months, leaving more and more children reliant on international support for survival.
The most spontaneous move on David Beckham's unannounced visit to Sierra Leone was an improvised stop at a roadside pitch for a game of football in Freetown. We were driving past the pitch on our way to the hotel, when Beckham noticed the game in progress and had the vehicles circle back. We parked on the side of the road and walked down a dirt path to the pitch. The players were completely caught off guard. what began with a polite hand-shake quickly turned into a frenzy as they realized one of the game's most recognizable stars was standing among them. It wasn't enough just to shake his hand. They had to rub his head, touch his tattoosÃ� As for the game itself, Beckham took it easy. At one point, he took off his UNICEF t-shirt and gave it to one of the locals. This particular day was hot and dusty, but everybody was having a great time. Even though many areas in Freetown lack electricity, there was no shortage of mobile phones. So by the time the game ended, word had spread that Beckham was in town Ã± shirtless no less. He posed for pictures, shook more hands, and fought his way back to the vehicles. A memorable day for everyone, David Beckham included
AlbaniaÖ where a generation of school children has been growing up without books or encouragement to read. Public libraries were re-purposed and school budgets slashed in the transition from communism. While at home, most families are too poor to buy their own books so children have had little, often nothing, to read. But the situation is changingÖ UNICEF and partners have committed to opening a library in 850 schools here and to re-igniting the once strong culture of reading. IKEA, UNICEFís largest corporate donor is a key partner in the Albania Reads project. Last year, the global furniture retailer gave 10.5 million dollars to UNICEF, with schemes like this annual soft-toy campaign raising money to help improve childrenís lives. For just 1 million dollars, Albania Reads will reach more than 200 thousand children. Marginalised youth are being employed to build new bookshelves and to help with distribution. Books have been donated from publishing houses. Teacher training and new governmental policies are promoting the benefits of reading.
UNICEF was to provide more than just humanitarian relief: in addition to nutrition and health, education and family issues became an additional focus. UNICEFís work was now to become a key to global development.Education, of course, is central to fostering that development, especially in the many newly independent nations in Africa, and fully half of UNICEF spending was dedicated to learning. UNICEFís work was in the global spotlight mid-decade, as Executive Director Henry Labouisse accepted the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo.Public support and funds for children through the National Committees expanded, and the greeting card operation flourished. In Nigeria, a brutal civil war made it clear that emergencies ñ whether man-made or acts of nature ñ are the rule, not the exception in childrenís lives, and UNICEF did not lose sight of its roots, bringing emergency relief back to its program of long-term development aid.
In Gaza, students are back in schoolÖbut are bearing the brunt of power cuts and shortages in learning materials. Sometimes sitting in the darkÖ sometimes in the coldÖ and trying to do their homework by candlelightÖ students in Gaza are falling behind and struggling to keep up their gradesÖ and the drop-out rate is rising. SOUNDBITE, Mohammed Jendeyyeh, 11 years old: ìWhen there is electricity, we understand our lessons, but when electricity is cut, our learning ability is reduced. At home, when doing homework, then we find electricity cut, so we have to use the candle, and nothing except the candle.
In this classroom outside Goma, eastern DR Congo every child has their own war story to tell, orphaned, or wounded,living through their nightmares, waiting for their families to be found. Just ten years old Rachelle has had to become a mother to her little brother, making this tiny shelter their home. For more than a year now these two children have been utterly alone. ìThe children have paid a very high price, they are born, most of them are dying of rare diseases, and illiterate, they havenít gone to school, and the war, let us say it is really a bad thing.î Not far away young Habimana is not yet back in school. Since the recent peace conference the UN blue helmets are out in force here. The date on the black board remains untouched since soldiers ransacked this place, cleaning out the clinic, looting the medicines, taking eight of his school mates.
A nationwide campaign on drug prevention invites each and every Maldivian to be part of the solution to the countryís growing drug problems. The campaign, entitled ìWake Upî,was launched by the National Narcotics Bureau, the NGO Journey and UNICEF, with an aim at preventing drug abuse and promoting recovery among the addicts.SOUNDBITE (English), Maumoon Abdul Gayyoom, President of the Maldives: ìIn the case of the Maldives, the youth represent a very large section of our society. We cannot, therefore, afford to lose our youth to substance addiction.î It is often said that every Maldivian has an addict in the family. In the capital city Maleí, the most densely populated city on earth, it is believed that some 10 per cent of the youth are using drugs.
In the desert oasis of Kunya Urgench, students are learning to break down barriers that could threaten their future.Their school is one of 20 across Turkmenistan taking part in a pilot program to make schools healthier and more equipped to give children a better education. With support from UNICEF, District School Number One offers students a resource center complete with a computer, dictionaries, games and puzzles. Itís part of an effort to make schools in Turkmenistan ìchild-friendly:î creating classroom environments that boost learning and respect childrenís rights and needs. In addition to offering special training for teachers, UNICEF and the Turkmenistan government are working to ensure that schools have clean and healthy water and sanitation facilitiesÖ a key improvement in a region where less than 30 percent of rural schools have safe sources of drinking water, and where heavy dust from the Karakum desert blows through for up to nine months a year.
The school is far away from home and we have to walk long distance on foot because there is no transport due to road blockages. Much of the school year has elapsed and we did not receive anything other than the textbooks. My parents had to buy notebooks and stationery for the three of us although itís expensive. Our school desks are broken and fans are out of order. We take water in bottles to school because water tanks might not be clean. At the classroom I pay full attention to the teacher so that I understand what she teaches us well. I also help my classmates when they have difficultly with the homework. I want to become a teacher in future to educate children. When I go home I change my clothes and do my homework. After lunch, I take a nap and in the afternoon I watch cartoon on TV. Sometimes I help my mother with house work. I wish for myself and my sisters to succeed and excel in school. I also hope stability and peace prevail among all Iraqis.
The Day of the Dead (El DÌa de los Muertos in Spanish) is a holiday celebrated mainly in Mexico and by people of Mexican heritage (and others) living in the United States and Canada. The celebration occurs on the 1st and 2nd of November, in connection with the Catholic holy days of All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day which take place on those days. Traditions include building private altars honoring the deceased, and using sugar skulls, marigolds, and the favorite foods and beverages of the departed. Observance of the holiday in Mexican-American communities in the United States has become more important and widespread as the community grows numerically and economically. Mexican-style Day of the Dead festivities have spread around the world, including to Europe and New Zealand.Scholars trace the origins of the modern holiday to indigenous observances dating back thousands of years, and to an Aztec festival dedicated to a goddess called Mictecacihuatl (known in English as "The Lady of the Dead").
Back in the Ã«70s when Ã¬Welcome Back, KotterÃ® first aired, the only way to see it was by tuning in to the right TV channel at the right time every week. Today, people are using technologies like TiVo, cable and satellite TV -- and even computers and portable devices -- to watch TV and other entertainment. New digital entertainment systems with IntelÃs Viiv (rhymes with five) technology blend the best of todayÃs media center computers and high quality digital consumer electronics. These arenÃt like your parentsÃ PCs. These can turn on and off quickly like your TV. They even let you play high definition video in 7.1 surround-sound while transferring music and video to other devices -- all thanks to IntelÃs dual core computer processor and chipset inside.