August 25, 2009 — This post was originally published on May 11, 2009. Since then, the length of the exhibition has been extended. Faces of Freedom will be on display in the Danny Kaye Visitor’s Center, located in the lobby of UNICEF House in New York City, from September 23 to October 31.
The U.S. Fund for UNICEF and RugMark Foundation USA are cosponsoring Faces of Freedom, a photography exhibit touring North America throughout 2009. This collection of photographs, taken by acclaimed documentary photographer U. Roberto Romano, depicts illegal child labor in South Asia’s handmade rug industry and RugMark’s innovative efforts to eradicate it.
August 19, 2009 —
This week we launched our newest youth report, Maternal and Newborn Health: A Global Challenge, drawn from the real life stories and data in the 2009 State of the World’s Children report. This is the second youth report we’ve developed in a continuing series devoted to the global challenges UNICEF is addressing every day.
The report’s author did an excellent job extracting the core components of the State of the World’s Children report–highlighting the scope of the problem, the countries that are most affected, the main causes, and what can be done. We’re really excited about this report!
July 28, 2009 —
This blog post has been written by Caroline Johnston Polisi, a member of UNICEF’s Next Generation Steering Committee.
UNICEF’s Next Generation–a new U.S. Fund for UNICEF volunteer group dedicated to saving and improving the lives of children around the world–made our public debut last Thursday night with the launch of our first initiative, Project Sprinkles: Combating Malnutrition in Guatemala. The committee is comprised of 30 young adults from diverse backgrounds, of which I am one, and is led by Jenna Bush Hager, a longtime UNICEF supporter and Young Leadership Ambassador & Next Generation Chair.
The Gates, a venue in NYC, was abuzz with other Next Generation members, U.S. Fund for UNICEF staff–including U.S. Fund for UNICEF President & CEO, Caryl Stern–and other like-minded young professionals, all committed to doing whatever it takes to save the lives of children. Guests enjoyed Crumbs Cupcakes (aptly decorated with sprinkles), sipped Sprinkle Spritzers, danced to DJ Josh Madden’s beats, and bid on raffle prizes for gift certificates to restaurants including the Waverly Inn and Kingswood, among others. Guests could also purchase a variety of UNICEF’s Inspired Gifts, like the prominently displayed School-in-a-Box kit, which includes the tools to provide a temporary school for over 40 children in times of emergency.
The vibe was upbeat and excited as Jenna took the microphone around 9:00 p.m. to welcome guests and to update them on our new group’s plans, which begin with a focus on the children of Latin America. During our initial committee meetings, UNICEF’s Guatemala representative briefed us about rising levels of malnutrition among Guatemala’s children, and we decided to take immediate action, committing to raise $175,000 for Project Sprinkles. Resembling a small packet of sugar, one sachet of “Sprinkles” poured over one meal a day provides the perfect amount of daily nutrients to a child, regardless of the quantity or quality of the food the child eats.
July 13, 2009 —
Want to see what the effort to vaccinate 2 million children in just a couple of days looks like? This video gives a nice overview of the recent UNICEF-supported Child Health Days in Zimbabwe.
June 18, 2009 —
I wrote about the deteriorating humanitarian emergency in Somalia
June 11, 2009 —
The past decade in Tanzania has been marked by successful reforms, steady economic growth, and political stability. Despite this progress, Tanzania’s challenge for the future is to create better living conditions for the rural poor, control the spread of HIV/AIDS, address the needs of the largest refugee population in Africa (due to neighboring conflicts), and through education develop the next generation of leaders. Sonya Renner was part of a U.S. Fund delegation from Texas and Georgia and witnessed firsthand how UNICEF impacts the lives of Tanzania’s children, and through them, Tanzania’s future.
Is it a childhood luxury to be able to attend primary school? Are dreams for the future a privilege for a limited few? While the American public education system and its schools face challenges, particularly now, we have an advantage that many countries don’t have: a long and deep-rooted belief that quality education is a right for all children. We work to insure that education is free and compulsory. We teach our children that they can