Sixty-four years ago on this day, the United Nations General Assembly established UNICEF (United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund); however, it originally began as the International Children’s Emergency Fund (ICEF) created to provide immediate relief to children and mothers affected by World War II. Seeing the need to further the cause, UNICEF’s obligation extended further, addressing the long-term needs of women and children in developing countries. To date, UNICEF has helped save the lives of more than 122 million children.
UNICEF needs help now more than ever because of health emergencies and disease outbreaks. Until a vaccine is available widespread for COVID-19, the pandemic will continue to attack the most susceptible. UNICEF is the world’s largest vaccine buyer currently securing vaccines to lower-income countries. UNICEF is committed to saving and changing lives, ensuring every child has clean water, treating malnourished children, educating the less fortunate, and protecting all children around the world.
This time of year, many people are in the “giving” mode and charitable contributions are welcomed. UNICEF has several campaigns, such as: “K.I.N.D: Kids in Need of Desks” which provide desks to young children—each $28.00 donation provides a desk for one student in Malawi. They are committed to helping children learn, grow, and lead throughout the world and keeping girls in school. They estimate that there are approximately 250 million children under the age of 5 in low- and middle-income countries that are not reaching their full potential and approximately 130 million girls between the ages of 6-17 that are out of school.
If you are feeling generous this holiday season and UNICEF is a charity you believe in, they make it very easy to donate by clicking here. Of course, there are other ways to assist, for instance, volunteering—they call their volunteers “UNITERS” and you can learn more about it on their “Resources” page.
To learn more check out some of these resources the Freeman/Lozier Library recommends: