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Passion and drive to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus thrive at Kiwanis family conventions

© Kiwanis International

— I have just returned to New York after attending three inspiring Kiwanis family conventions—the Kiwanis International (KI) and Circle K International conventions, held in New Orleans, Louisiana, and the Key Club International convention, held in Orlando, Florida. As you may already know, Kiwanis and their family of clubs have joined UNICEF and partners in the global fight to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus (MNT). It was exciting to see that The Eliminate Project: Kiwanis eliminating maternal and neonatal tetanus was front and center at all of the conventions. The passion and commitment from every level of the Kiwanis family to eliminate MNT was apparent and took many forms. Kiwanis members who had attended field visits with UNICEF served on panels and spoke about their experiences. They highlighted the urgency of raising funds: time is ticking to meet the global MNT elimination goal of 2015.

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Providing quality education for the children of Madagascar

Photo courtesy of UNICEF Madagascar office.

— Recently I had the amazing opportunity to meet Sonia Sukdeo, Education Specialist and Gender Focal Point with UNICEF Madagascar, who was visiting the U.S. Fund for UNICEF offices in New York. During a staff discussion, Sonia shared with us information about Madagascar and what UNICEF is doing there to ensure that all children have an opportunity at a healthy and productive life. For many of us who are fortunate enough to live in a developed country, Madagascar may be an afterthought or a tourist destination, but the political, social and economic issues of the Madagascan people are very real—especially for young girls.

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Good Shirts campaign wins Cannes award!


— We are proud to announce that the Good Shirts fundraising campaign for the Horn of Africa in partnership with Threadless and BBH recently received the Silver award in the “Direct” category at the Cannes Lions awards! The Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity is the world’s biggest celebration of creativity in communications.

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Career day at my alma mater: Inspiring Bondy Intermediate to take action

Girls carrying water

— Meena Haque, a Global Citizenship Fellow at the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, participated in a Career Day at her alma mater, Bondy Intermediate School. Her presentation to over 800 students illustrated what daily life is for kids around the world and the difference UNICEF makes in their lives.

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Searching for happy endings in Mauritania

A UNICEF worker brings Rougui Sal a supply of fortified peanut paste for her two-year-old son, Idy. © UNICEF/Mauritania/2012/Mia Brandt

— Mauritania—one of the nine Sahel countries that are grappling with a life-threatening nutrition crisis—is facing a double emergency. In addition to the food crisis, the country must handle an influx of refugees from neighboring, conflict-torn Mali. All told, some 700,000 people in Mauritania are struggling to get enough to eat. U.S. Fund for UNICEF’s Managing Director of Communications, Mia Brandt, recently traveled to Mauritania and witnessed firsthand the challenges facing families.

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Transparency and accountability

© UNICEF/INDA2010-00161/Graham Crouch

— UNICEF is keenly aware of the importance of transparency and accountability to all who support its lifesaving work for children. In that spirit, UNICEF’s Executive Board recently approved a proposal to make publicly available on UNICEF’s website all internal audits published after September 30, 2012. Although UNICEF already has been providing internal audits to UN Member States upon request since 2009, these audits have not been available to the public. Now UNICEF will create a special “accountability and transparency” section at its site for the internal audit reports.

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