Wafaa is one of 3,000 refugees in Germany who got access to quality higher education online through our project with Kiron Open Higher Education. For refugees arriving in a new country, the process of seeking asylum can take years, a time where most can’t do anything but wait. They can’t work, study or start building new lives in their new country. And even though many are motivated to continue or begin their education, they are hindered by things like asylum processes, language barriers, missing legal documents or financing. Kiron offers the opportunity to start studying irrespective of location or asylum status.
Education should be available to everyone. Regardless of who you are, we’re you’re from and if you have a disability or not. As part of our project with Save the Children, the photo project “Building Dreams” was created.
Since 2014, the H&M Foundation has worked globally with UNICEF to provide early childhood education and care. In November 2018, a milestone was reached when the Vietnamese government signed a National Strategic Plan on Integrated Early Childhood Development, encompassing all of the country’s 64 provinces.
Four million refugee children do not attend school, a new H&M Foundation funded report from UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) has found. This is an increase of half a million of out-of-school refugee children in just one year.
Sandra’s start in life was never certain, even before she was born. When her mother was pregnant, Sandra’s father threatened to kill her mother if she had a daughter. He wanted a son – a man to take over the land.
After 60 years of armed conflict, the new generations of Colombia still suffer from a culture of violence. Yuliana and her friends learn about peace through play, acting, visual arts, music, games and more through the project the Peace Circus, a collaboration between H&M Foundation and War Child.
11 year old Mossammad is one of the students in nine different schools in Banglabazaar outside of Dhaka, who are provided with proper toilets and clean water through the H&M Foundation’s joint project with WaterAid. So far, almost 10,000 people have been reached with improved access to sustainable water, toilets and hygiene (WASH) facilities. As part of the work, nine schools have improved their water and sanitation facilities.
During the first years of a baby’s life, their brain forms new connections at the amazing rate of 1,000 per second. Research shows that when we speak slower, more melodically and make exaggerated sounds it makes it easier for babies to learn new words and develop cognitive abilities. However, research has also shown that many fathers don’t interact with their babies in the same way as mothers do. In a global campaign with UNICEF, we urged fathers to speak baby talk to boost their babies brains. The initiative encouraged dads to interact more with their babies at an early age.
On 28 September 2018, a major earthquake with a 7.4 magnitude, struck Sulawesi Island, Indonesia, generating a tsunami that hit coastal areas. As a result, less than a week later more than 1,400 people were killed, 2,500 injured and 70,000 were displaced. In response to this, the H&M Foundation donates USD 100,000 to The Red Cross.
Save the Children is working in poor parts of Indonesia to improve basic education and care for children in the community. A key for success is to involve the parents – when they believe in the program – the children will develop faster. Teacher Vilomena is happy to see the positive change she has experienced among her children as a result of the project.