By late September, some 30 million children worldwide had left their homes behind, fleeing conflict and hardship in search of safety and hope for a brighter future. As more and more stories of children arriving on Europe’s shores filled the news, I penned this photography essay for UNICEF’s global Medium account. It tells the stories of children and their families who risked it all to seek refuge in Europe and elsewhere.
This article covers the 2015 Second Regular Session of the UNICEF Executive Board, held at United Nations Headquarters. With the Sustainable Development Goals only weeks from adoption, Board members considered the future of UNICEF’s work in a new era of development.
For millions of people around the globe, water, sanitation and hygiene conditions have improved. Still, in 2015, 663 million people were using unsafe drinking water. VII Photo’s Ashley Gilbertson photographed in seven countries for UNICEF, making portraits of families and their daily water use. Using a selection of those portraits, I wrote a photo essay, published on UNICEF’s Medium account, that raised awareness of differences in water access and usage across continents. Among assets created for and shared during World Water Week 2015, the essay was featured in the July/August 2015 edition of the Division of Communication’s “Things We Can All Learn From” newsletter of the top thirteen examples of communications work produced by staff around the world.
The essay was also shared on UNICEF’s global Twitter account:
And it was shared twice on UNICEF’s global Facebook account:
UNICEF strives to realize a world in which all children have the same chance to survive, develop and reach their full potential, through identifying and removing the avoidable obstacles that prevent too many children from having a fair shot in life. This article covers the 2015 Annual Session of the UNICEF Executive Board, held at United Nations Headquarters, in which member states deliberated on how UNICEF would best reaffirm its commitment to equity as the path to truly sustainable change for children and for societies.
After Mercy Kennady, 9, lost her mother to Ebola, she made international news when she was found crying, scared and alone, wandering the streets of Liberia. Her journey has taken her from being orphaned, facing stigma and undergoing quarantine to starting anew in the loving home of a foster family. This photo essay I wrote for UNICEF’s global Medium account tells her story and was selected by the UNICEF Director of Communication for the first-ever “Things we can all learn from” newsletter of the top nine examples of communications work produced by staff around the world.
The piece was featured front and center on the UNICEF homepage.
It was also liked over 4,600 times (as of April 1, 2015) when shared on UNICEF’s global Facebook page.
And it was retweeted over 100 times from UNICEF’s global Twitter handle.
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