There’s something to smile about

Smiles are contagious, and these smiling children from all over the globe will put a smile on you face. Find out what made them smile this year.

Above: Franky (3 years old) was separated from his parents at the crossing of Darien Gap. This dangerous jungle separates Colombia from Panama. He was reunited with his parents a few days later. Franky was taken to “la Casita”, which is a safe WE/Aldeas SOS facility in Panama that protects unaccompanied children while they wait for their parents to arrive. Nearly 19,000 migrant children crossed the Darien Gap by foot between January 2021 and October 2021. This is almost three times the number of children crossing the gap in the past five years.

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Bangladesh: Omar Faruk (15 years old) is thrilled to receive training and sewing equipment. Omar Faruk, 15, has started his own business and can now contribute financially to his family. Omar is part of an WE-funded skills training program for adolescents with disabilities, which is in partnership with the Department of Social Services.

Bosnia and Herzegovina: Asal (6 years old) is excited as it’s her first day at school in Sarajevo. As a toddler, she fled Afghanistan with her parents. They traveled through Turkey, Greece and Albania together. She is now one of 60 children from a temporary refugee center for migrants and refugees who are enrolled in formal education.

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Ecuador: Little Hanna smiles at the camera. Hanna lives in Pijal Alto in Ecuador, which is a community that receives a WE-funded chlorination plant. The plant supplies clean water for 1,600 people.

Fiji: Jovilisi Raqere (7 years old) smiles in a child-friendly space in Fiji. The WE and its partners provided urgent assistance following Tropical Cyclone Yasa. WE also helped to create child-friendly spaces.

Niger: These Niger girls are smiling on their first day in North Niger classes after they received new school supplies. WE provided school materials and training to parents and teachers in order to manage the school.

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Pakistan: One-year-old boy has a good time with a polio vacciner. In January, Pakistan launched its first nationwide campaign against polio. It aimed to vaccinate more than 40 million children below the age of 5. The campaign involved more than 285,000 polio frontline workers, who met caregivers at their homes and adhered to strict COVID-19 safety protocols when vaccinating children.

Venezuela: Erika Estrada (12 years old) smiles in her living space in Caracas (Venezuela). WE-supported school feeding program that encourages children to attend school has reached her. The meals were delivered to the homes of children during the COVID-19 epidemic, which reached more than 50,000 children between January & March.

Viet Nam: Ho Van Huy, a central Vietnamese citizen, is glad to have clean water. WE helped communities affected by January’s floods and storms that affected more than 2 million people.

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Yemen: Rowaida (4 years old) is enjoying playing with her siblings as she recovers after severe acute malnutrition. Conflict has made Yemen’s child malnutrition crisis worse. Nearly 2.3 million children below the age of 5 are suffering from acute malnutrition. WE provides support to thousands of health centers that offer lifesaving treatment for children.