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Clay Aiken: progress in Somalia

UNICEF Ambassador Clay Aiken originally wrote this blog post for The Huffington Post on December 29, 2009. Please consider making a donation today to support UNICEF’s lifesaving work for children in Somalia.

Clay Aiken on a recent field visit to Somolia.

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Going for the goal

For me, the sport of soccer evokes memories of a suburban childhood: freshly laundered uniforms and energy drinks, grass stains and post-game pizza parties. Never once during the many years of weekend tournaments and afternoon practices did I consider the children across the world enjoying the same sport, in dusty streets and alleyways instead of newly sodded fields. And I certainly never considered the many children denied the fundamental right I took for granted each day

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Protecting the next generation from HIV/AIDS in Zambia

Elizabeth Merola recently visited UNICEF programs in Zambia. In this post, she recounts the experience of visiting a rural health clinic.

The drive to Keemba Rural Health Clinic from the closest town is a long and bumpy ride due to the uneven dirt roads. Looking out the window I see children walking to and from school alongside the road and across fields that are being prepared for the first rains of the season. Cows are crazing and ox carts are transporting people from one village to the next.

When we arrive at the clinic, mothers with their children are waiting for post-natal and prevention of mother-to-child treatment (PMTCT) care. The nurses dressed in white stand out among the women with colorful wraps.

I am immediately drawn to Brenda who is 7 months old and attached to the back of her mother, Rolina. Rolina waits patiently in line for her turn to speak with the nurse. Her calmness gives me the impression that there is no urgency for her visit and she has been in this position many times before.

Rolina and Terrance with daughter Brenda.

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Fighting cholera in Zambia

The Permanent Secretary of the District of Lusaka, Mr. Stephen Bwalya, is also present. He empowers the students to inform their teachers when there is no soap at school. The children’s response is laughter which I believe indicates enthusiasm about their new charge.

UNICEF Communication for Development Officer, James Simasiku, also speaks to the children and encourages them to take the messages about cholera prevention home to their families.

Banja plays music, dances and performs skits to reinforce the importance of hand washing. The presentations are fun and entertaining for the students

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Countdown to Halloween!


With only four more days til Halloween, here’s an update on what you can still do to participate!

Become our fan on Facebook, and join our Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF Cause. Donations received through the Cause application from now until November 6th will enter us for a chance to win $50,000 in America’s Giving Challenge! Also, follow us on Twitter and retweet @unicefusa updates to help spread the word about Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF.

Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF Parties!

Perhaps you’ve been invited to, or are hosting one of the over 3,000 registered Halloween parties to benefit UNICEF. No? Ok, then register your party now and help make Halloween count!

Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF Spokesperson, Selena Gomez, is hosting a live web cast tomorrow, where she’ll be talking about all things Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF! Selena also created the “Selena & Friends Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF” fundraising team. Join them and help the team reach their fundraising goal of $1 million. (Oh, and Selena has some cool incentives for the top fundraisers on the team!).

And last, but certainly not least, it’s not too late to order Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF collection boxes! We’re accepting orders until October 30 at 12:00 pm EST. After that time, visit one of our Pier 1, Hallmark or Baskin Robbins retail partners to pick up a box, or create your own with this wrapper.

Make Halloween count this year!

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Youth unite for climate

Unite for Climate

Climate change is an issue that will affect generations to come, which is why it’s important for the youth to join the discussion.

UNICEF Denmark will organize the first Children’s Climate Forum (CCF) a new youth event linked to the United Nations Climate Change Conference. Much like the Junior 8 Summit (unicefusa.org/j8), the CCF aims to advance young people’s understanding of global issues and provide a platform for them to discuss and advocate on issues of climate change and the environment.

The CCF is designed to give children a voice in the debate and a chance to influence the important discussions made at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC-COP15). The UNICEF Children’s Climate Forum is to be held in parallel to the UNFCCC-COP15 in Copenhagen from November 28-December 5, 2009.

Approximately 180 students have been selected by UNICEF to represent at least 57 countries. The students chosen to represent the United States are:

  • Becca Arbacher, Silver Spring, MD
  • Pulkit Agrawal, Hialeah, FL
  • Chloe Songer, Menlo Park, CA
  • Olivia Zhu, Saratoga, CA

Opportunities for youth to join the discussion are not limited to the Children’s Climate Forum. UNICEF is encouraging young people to join the community at www.uniteforclimate.com. There you can find out how young people are responding to climate change, learn about their experiences, and join campaigns from around the world.

Join the community today!

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