24 December 2014

After the tsunami: a Thai fishing village, ten years on

Story by Andy Brown / Video by Jingjai N.

It’s been almost ten years since the Indian Ocean tsunami hit the Thai island of Koh Lanta on 26 December 2004, but talking about it still brings tears to Ampai’s eyes. “I often cry when I talk about the tsunami,” she says apologetically. “It’s always at the back of my mind, like a scar that doesn’t heal.”

Ten years after the tsunami, life is back to normal but memories remains fresh

Nong Bee stands in front of a photo of Phi Phi Island in the wake of the tsunami
© UNICEF Thailand/2014/Jingjai N

By Nattha Keenapan/Video by Jingjai N.

KOH PHI PHI, Thailand, 15 December 2014 – On a sunny day in November, local residents, children and young people gather at Baan Koh Phi Phi School to play and compete in Phi Phi Island’s football tournament. Playing football had always kept 23-year-old Kwanrudee Kaphokla (nicknamed Nong Bee) and her teammates close. But what kept them closer was the difficult times they shared after the tsunami devastated their island 10 years ago.

21 November 2014

Voices of children

“All children, including children with special needs, children with disabilities, and children from ethnic groups, should get equal rights and equal treatment.
Pongnarin Nonkam, 20
Acting president of the Children and Youth Council of Thailand
Story by Heamakarn Sricharatchanya / Photos by Sukhum Preechapanich

Bangkok, 21 November 2014 – Representatives of children from four regions take part in the national youth consultation held on 19 November 2014 at Indra Regent Hotel. They provide recommendations to parents, adults, general public, and the government on issues related child rights. Here are some of their recommendations:

31 October 2014

Ebola: finding patient zero

A family photograph of a new-born Emile, known as patient zero and his mother and father. Emile, his older sister Philomne, and his mother all died after contracting Ebola. (c) UNICEF/2014/Beukes

It is true that the further you are from the Ebola crisis, the more biblically paranoid you are about the disease. Going to the heart of where Ebola is thought to have originated in West Africa – a small picturesque forest village called Meliandou in Guinea – made me realize that.

24 October 2014

In Sierra Leone, getting back to school – on the airwaves

Moalem Siseh, 17, writes on a blackboard to help teach Uleymatu Conteh, 13, who is taking her school lessons by radio. The project aims to reach more than 1.7 million children in Sierra Leone who have no access to education because of the Ebola outbreak. © UNICEF Sierra Leone/2014/Romero

By Yolanda Romero

With schools closed throughout the country as a result of the Ebola epidemic, Sierra Leone is bringing the classroom into students’ homes through the use of educational radio broadcasts.

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone, 21 October 2014 – At the end of a labyrinth of small streets in Freetown’s New England neighbourhood lies the home of 13-year-old Uleymatu Conteh. Normally this morning she would have made her way to school dodging the motorbike taxis and the market women selling fruits, sweets and bread. Instead, she is sitting on the floor of her home, listening to the radio and taking notes while leaning against a wooden stool.

22 October 2014

Surviving Ebola in Sierra Leone – a child’s story

Amadou and his sister, Awa, at the family's home in Kenema, Sierra Leone . © UNICEF Sierra Leone/2014/Bindra

After losing her mother to the Ebola virus, a girl in Sierra Leone must raise her younger brother and sister on her own – and hold on to her own hope of returning to school.

By Anne Boher

KENEMA, Sierra Leone, 16 October 2014 – Four-year-old Amadou wakes up his sister, Mary, at 4:30 a.m. He has a headache and can’t sleep. He asks her where their mother is. It is the same question he has asked almost daily since he was discharged from the Ebola Treatment Unit in Kenema, almost two months ago.

16 October 2014

Friends of UNICEF Nichkhun and Paula urge public to help fight Ebola

Nickhun Horvejkul, Friend of UNICEF, is urging the public to help fight the Ebola outbreak. Make a donation today at http://www.unicef.or.th

BANGKOK, 14 October 2014 – The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) today appealed to the Thai public for urgent donations to help fight the spread of the deadly Ebola virus in West Africa.

08 October 2014

Ebola and its devastating impact on children

A social mobilizer teaches children about proper hand-washing in Conakry.
© UNICEF/NYHQ2014-1522/La Rose

By Timothy La Rose

The village of Meliandou in Guéckédou, Guinea, where the recent Ebola outbreak is believed to have started, is probably one of the most difficult places to reach in the country. It is a two-day drive from the capital of Conakry, followed by a long walk through the dense rain-forest.

Along with child protection officers and partners, I recently went to Meliandou, to understand how Ebola was affecting children. What we found confirmed our suspicions—based on what the people we spoke to said, there would be hundreds, if not thousands of children who have lost a parent, grandparent, brothers and sisters or have been made orphans by this deadly disease.

02 October 2014

Ebola: leaving children orphaned in Sierra Leone

13 year-old Francis has lost his sister, parents and grandmother to Ebola.
(c) UNICEF Sierra Leone/2014/Dunlop
By Jo Dunlop

Popping his head out from behind the front door is Francis, a 13-year-old boy who welcomes me into a sparsely furnished home on the fringes of Kailahun town. The house is humble but sturdy, nestled on the side of one of the lush, gentle hills that characterize the landscape of Sierra Leone’s Eastern Province.

22 August 2014

Video interviews of young people at risk of HIV

Video by Jingjai N.

While overall levels of HIV infection have declined among the general population Thailand over the past two decades, new infections are increasing among young people in Thailand especially among men who have sex with men (MSM), transgenders, females who exchange sex for money, migrant workers and people who inject drugs.

Watch video interviews of young people at risk of HIV and sexual transmitted infections.
Download full report http://www.unicef.org/thailand/media_356.html

08 August 2014

Ebola in Sierra Leone – the joy of survivors

Vandy Jawad on the day he left the Ebola treatment centre. © UNICEF Sierra Leone/2014/Dunlop

 By Jo Dunlop

I travelled upcountry last week to one of the worst affected areas of Sierra Leone – Kenema. When you arrive in the town, there’s a feeling that Ebola has settled in with no plans to move any time soon. Chlorine buckets sit outside most restaurants for people to wash their hands; Ebola information posters are plastered on buildings; crackly radios are loudly broadcasting conversations about Ebola; people are talking about ‘dis Ebola bisnis’ relentlessly on the street; and handshaking has been replaced by a brush of the elbows.

21 July 2014

Children of a lost generation

Children and grandparents at a village in Khon Kaen Province. In Thailand, more than 3 million children do not live with their parents due to internal migration. © UNICEF-Thailand/2014/Aphiluck Paungkaew

Story by Nattha Keenapan/ Photos by Aphiluck Puangkaew 

 (The story is published in the Nation newspaper on July 19, 2014)

KHON KAEN, Thailand,  July 2014 – Every  night, Seng Codechum, 53, gets up several times in order to prepare infant formula for her seven-month old grandson. In the bedroom she shares with her 63-year-old husband and four-year-old grandson, the baby’s crying awakens the two elders, who take turns feeding him. It has been quite some time since their sons and daughters in law left home in Khon Kaen’s Baan Nong-Or village to find work in the big cities, leaving the young children in their care. 

11 July 2014

"Healthy Communities" for children with intellectual disabilties

Video by Jingjai N.

A video on Healthy Communities Project which provides health screening for children with intellectual disabilities in Thailand. The project, organized by Special Olympics Thailand, with support from UNICEF is aimed at collecting information and document data that will influence the development of long-term public healthcare services for people with intellectual disabilities in Thailand.

10 July 2014

Flying High for Kids: Balloon for children with intellectual disabilties

© UNICEF Thailand/2014/Sukhum Preechapanich
© UNICEF Thailand/2014/Sukhum Preechapanich

Photos by Sukhum Preechapanich

CHIANG MAI, Thailand, July 10, 2014 - Andrew Parker, a balloon pilot shows hot balloon for children with disabilities in Chiang Mai today. Parker, the founder of Flying High for Kids, will go to 100 countries in next 4 years to help UNICEF promote children’s rights. He shares postcards collected from children around the world so the children can learn and accept different cultures.

25 June 2014

Are children your business?

A video that takes you through a visual journey of what children's rights in business means; from the Convention on the Right of the Child to the Children's Rights and Business Principles. It makes the case for children's rights in business including through the voice of business leaders.

27 May 2014

MICS4: Survey on the situation of children and women in Thailand

A video about the survey on the situation of children and women in Thailand or the Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey 2012, conducted by the National Statistical Office (NSO) with support from UNICEF.

The NSO collected the data from 27,000 households nationwide from September to November 2012. For the first time, tablet PCS were by the NSO in the data collection process, allowing the NSO to more quickly collect data and better monitor its quality during both collection and processing.

Read press release and download findings of the survey: http://www.unicef.org/thailand/media_22567.html

26 May 2014

What is Child Support Grant?

A video about the concept of Child Support Grant as a social protection for children from low-income families.

Child support grants are regular cash payments made to the parents or caregivers of children living in poor households to help meet essential living costs; in some countries they are called child allowances or child benefits.

12 May 2014

UNICEF Regional Director visits projects in Chiang Mai

Dan Toole, Regional Director, UNICEF East Asia and the Pacific Region Office, visits UNICEF-supported projects on education for migrant children, child protection system and online birth registration in Thailand's northern province of Chiang Mai on 29-30 May, 2014.

23 April 2014

Right to be registered at birth

Video courtesy of the Bangkok Post by Jetjaras Na Ranong

This year, the world celebrates the 25th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the world's most-ratified human rights treaty, which outlines the basic rights that countries must guarantee for all their children. This video highlights the right of every child to be registered immediate after birth. 

11 April 2014

Challenges of the private sector in giving back to society unconditionally

Sretta Thavisin, President of Sansiri Plc., visits a classroom near Faida informal tented settlement in Lebanon.
© UNICEF Thailand/2014/Napat Phisanbut

 Observation from the field by Srettha Thavisin, President of Sansiri Plc.

(Srettha Thavisin and his team visited UNICEF-supported projects in Lebanon in February 2014 to learn about UNICEF assistance to refugee children affected by Syrian conflict. Sansiri Plc, is one of UNICEF's major corporate partners. This article, translated from the original version in Thai language, was written by Srettha and published in Post Today newspaper on Tuesday April 1, 2014).

About two years ago I wrote about my view on the practice of corporate sector responsibility (CSR), which I think all of us, the private sector in particular, should change.  In the article, I noted the reason why: there are still so many social and economic problems facing mankind today because we are still attached to a ‘stereotyped” view of CSR.

12 March 2014

Children remain victims of violence in the deep south

Children stand in the doorway of a burned out classrooms at their school in Yala Province in 2008. © UNICEFThailand/2008/Athit Perawongmetha
PATTANI, Thailand, 11 March 2014 – As violence in Thailand’s southernmost provinces continues to escalate, child experts are voicing concern on the well being of children living there, saying many children who have experienced violence lack appropriate physical and psychosocial care.

Special Olympics for children with intellectual disabilities

A video about sports activities for children with intellectual disabilities organized by Special Olympics Thailand with support from UNICEF. The video shows that children with intellectual disabilities can live a meaningful life if given the opportunity.

Video by Jingjai N.

18 February 2014

Providing education for migrant children requires cooperation from everyone

Migrant children at a UNICEF-supported orange orchard school in Chiang Mai's Fang district. © UNICEF Thailand/2010/M. Thomas

By Patima Klinsong

CHIANG MAI, Thailand, 17 February 2014 – More than 130 education experts and businessmen gathered in Chiang Mai last week to discuss ways to strengthen cooperation on promoting more education opportunities for migrant children.