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Field Visit: Working with Zonta in Rwanda

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— Last week, I had the privilege of visiting one of the most beautiful countries on earth, Rwanda. I was there with delegates from the U.S. Fund for UNICEF’s longstanding partner, Zonta International—a global organization working to advance the status of women worldwide. Zonta has chosen to invest in the futures of women and children in Rwanda by supporting UNICEF’s work to prevent mother to child transmission of HIV and prevent gender-based violence. Together, Zonta International, UNICEF and its many partners are working toward—and are on track to reaching—a generation in Rwanda born free from HIV by 2015.

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Thank you and Happy Holidays

— During this holiday season, we are reminded that here in the United States most of us enjoy shelter, access to vaccinations, clean and sanitary drinking water and food on the table. Not everyone in the world is so lucky. UNICEF works to ensure that these basic amenities are available to the world’s children, but still, 22,000 children die every day from preventable causes. UNICEF and its supporters believe this number should be zero.

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U.N. Student Conference on Human Rights

— For the very first year, US Fund for UNICEF and the UNICEF High School Club program participated in the United Nations Student Conference on Human Rights.

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Announcing the Alumni Council Leadership

Last week, five Alumni of the UNICEF Campus Initiative program gathered in New York City to organize and plan the future of the Campus Initiative Alumni Association, and to plan and create a two-year plan of action for the Alumni Association.

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Campus Alumni Association Launched!

This past weekend, five Alumni of the UNICEF Campus Initiative program gathered in New York City to organize and plan the future of the Campus Initiative Alumni Association. The newly formed council created a two-year plan of action for the Alumni Association.

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Making zero my finish line

— As I was standing with my team wearing blue shirts, holding UNICEF signs, cowbells and pom poms, scanning the sea of runners wearing our cyan blue running jerseys, I was awed by the dedication of not only those who were running with Team UNICEF, but the nearly 45,000 other people who also chose to run, either for a charity, or for themselves. I thought about all that goes into becoming a marathoner. Training takes time, commitment, dedication, perseverance, and prioritization.

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