For the next three days, high-level officials, child advocates and UNICEF experts are meeting in N’Djamena, the capital of Chad, for talks on ending one of the most critical issues facing children in Central Africa — forced recruitment into armed groups.
This week’s photo is a stark reminder of the omnipresence of violence throughout the region. While this boy in the Central African Republic (CAR) may just be collecting casings left strewn on the ground of his destroyed village, other children are being collected themselves and made to fight in one of the dozens of conflicts that continue to victimize women and children.
This year’s UNICEF Tap Project is proving to be an incredible success.
This year 4,200 dedicated volunteers hosted more than 250 nationwide events and recruited 1000 participating restaurants. The UNICEF Tap Project also garnered billions of media impressions, securing promo spots on shows like Dr. Phil and Rachel Ray. The donations are still coming in, but at last count, more than $700,000 had been raised in donations.
You can continue to visit tapproject.org to learn more about the World Water Crisis and its effects on children, and to make a donation on behalf of the campaign. And you can root for UNICEF Ambassador Marcus Samuelsson, who is moving on to the next round of Top Chef Masters, which he plans to win for the Tap Project! This year’s funds will support long-term UNICEF water and sanitation projects in Central African Republic, Haiti, Togo, Vietnam and Guatemala.
Stay tuned this spring for more updates on the UNICEF Tap Project.
Last week I left the house extra early, stopped for a big cup of coffee, and headed to the office to hear, firsthand, about the impact of UNICEF’s work in far corners of the world.
I was given the rare opportunity to attend a panel discussion by UNICEF Country Representatives Philippe Duamelle of Sri Lanka, Rana Flowers of Belize, Mahimbo Mdoe of the Central African Republic (CAR), Yasmin Ali Haque of Ghana and Christian Balslev-Olsen of Somalia. As an intern at the U.S. Fund for UNICEF I’ve had the opportunity to hear many wonderful speakers, but this was by far the most unique experience. The Country Reps (as we call them here) come from all different backgrounds and are battling dissimilar political, social and environmental issues. But they are all dedicated to the same cause
Hi everyone! Some of you probably know, and some might not, but Benji and I recently traveled with UNICEF to the Central African Republic, a small country in the center of Africa. We had a life-changing, wonderful trip and we are so excited to share this video from our time there with all of you!
As you can see, we had an amazing time and met so many wonderful children while we were there. They are so full of laughter and hope, but the truth is, that they really need your help NOW.
25,000 children, including the little ones we met in Central Africa, die everyday from preventable causes
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Thirty years ago, only one out of five children were immunized against killer diseases like measles and polio. Throughout the developing world, millions of children were dying of illnesses that had all but disappeared in the world’s wealthier countries. Since then, a near miracle has taken place. Now, four out of five children are protected by vaccines. Polio is on the verge of elimination. Measles and tetanus deaths have been reduced dramatically. This miracle did not happen by itself.
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