Mahesh Yadav, 13 years, reading a Braille version of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (Kolkata, India, 2009). Photo UNICEF/Khemka

Mahesh Yadav, 13 years, reading a Braille version of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (Kolkata, India, 2009). Photo © UNICEF/UNI78250/Khemka

Stories

The UN family - through its funds, programmes and specialized agencies - carries out activities to improve the lives of people around the world.

Read some of these inspirational stories.

 

UNHCR

A UNHCR-funded braille writer is helping a visually-impaired Syrian refugee in Turkey. Photo UNHCR

Helping a blind boy focus on his dreams in Turkey

A UNHCR-funded braille writer is helping visually-impaired Syrian refugees in Turkey, like Ashraf, to express themselves and follow their dreams.

 

UNDP Sierra Leone

James Abraham George takes his oath of office as an Assistant Voter Education and Training Officer.

Protecting every ballot

In 2018, a few weeks before elections in Sierra Leone, 19 Training Officers working with the National Electoral Commission ensured, with UNDP support, that persons with disabilities knew how to vote on Election Day.

UNESCO

A Ghana Education Service employee produces HIV and AIDS Alert materials for visually impaired students.

Supporting Ghana to produce HIV Alert materials in Braille

UNESCO, in partnership with Ghanean authorities, has produced and distributed HIV and AIDS alert materials for visually impaired students.

UNICEF

Professor Carlos Bartolomé interacts with vision-impaired students in a classroom.

Giving children in Cuba room to grow through inclusive education

Nearly 10,000 children with disabilities study in mainstream schools in Cuba. The lack of specialized schools prompted UNICEF to provide inclusive training and teaching tools to educators.