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Thank You for Supporting the UNICEF Tap Project

Venus, 8, washes her hands at a new, UNICEF-supported hand-washing facility at Santo Niño Elementary School in Tanauan, Philippines -- one of the areas hit hardest by Typhoon Haiyan. © UNICEF/NYHQ2014-0124/Giacomo Pirozzi

— It was a huge success: more than 2.5 million people stayed away from their phones for nearly 250 million minutes. As this year’s UNICEF Tap Project comes to a close, we would like to thank everyone who participated, supported and sponsored the campaign — you made it happen! The UNICEF Tap Project proposed a simple […]

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Readying the Emergency Landing Zone in South Sudan

A boy displaced by recent fighting in South Sudan stands near makeshift shelters in the town of Mingkaman, where humanitarian assistance is being provided.

— James Elder, UNICEF’s Regional Chief of Communication in Eastern and Southern Africa, is currently on mission in South Sudan. Here in Akobo, on the eastern edge of South Sudan near the border with Ethiopia, temperatures do not rise to 120 degrees—they sit there pretty much all day, every day. And yet when aid workers turn […]

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UNICEF Restores Access to Water in Emergencies

— This month, the UNICEF Tap Project is highlighting the issue of clean water by challenging you to go without your phone. We’ve been sharing ways in which UNICEF improves access to clean water. No situation is more pressing than an emergency, when restoring access to clean water is key to preventing the spread of disease. […]

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UNICEF Works to Contain Ebola Fever Outbreak in West Africa

Bare shelves at a health center pharmacy in southeastern Guinea, area of the Ebola fever breakout. Many hospitals and health centers in Guinea lack essential medicine and supplies.

— Ebola fever has broken out in the West African nation of Guinea, killing at least 59 people and creating fears of a wider regional outbreak. UNICEF has responded by rushing health supplies to the most affected areas in an effort to prevent the severe, often-fatal disease from spreading further. “The forest region where UNICEF delivered […]

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UNICEF Tap Project Supporters: Your Impact So Far

UNICEF Tap Project supporters at Ohio State University.

— The UNICEF Tap Project mobile app challenges you to put down your phone to help provide water to a child in need. We’ve had an overwhelmingly positive response since the app was released: More than 3.5 million people went without their phones for more than 170 million minutes to date. Nearly 14,100 people signed up to volunteer with the Tap […]

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As the Rainy Season Approaches, A Rush of Aid to South Sudan

Children at the Tomping Protection of Civilians site in Juba are forced to walk through flooded passages following an early storm on March 7. © UNICEF/South Sudan/2014/CTidey

— Christopher Tidey is a UNICEF Communication Specialist on mission to South Sudan. He writes from the capital, Juba, where 27,000 people have taken refuge from months of violence. “I was sitting with my five brothers and sisters in the tent, playing a game, and then … boom, the rains came down so hard it was […]

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