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Lauren Bush travels to Guatemala to see UNICEF “Sprinkles” programs!

Lauren Bush, Co-Founder and CEO of FEED Projects, UNICEF’s Next Generation Steering Committee member and proud supporter of UNICEF, traveled to Guatemala with UNICEF to see the programs her company FEED Projects helps support through the purchase of their FEED Guatemala bags.

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UNICEF’s Next Generation presents Guatemala photo exhibit

Casey Rotter is a development officer for the U.S. Fund for UNICEF.

The UNICEF Next Generation Steering Committee joined together to support member Mia Baxter and UNICEF supporter David Lieberman showcase photographs from their recent visit to Guatemala. The exhibit was held at a KiptonART Gallery in SoHo and will continue to be open by appointment only until May 30th.

Left to right: Casey Rotter, Barbara Bush, Jenna Bush Hager, Mia Baxter, David Lieberman, Kipton Cronkite, Robert Thompson, Manish Vora, Danielle Abraham.
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Left to right: Casey Rotter, Barbara Bush, Jenna Bush Hager, Mia Baxter, David Lieberman, Kipton Cronkite, Robert Thompson, Manish Vora, Danielle Abraham.

Members of the Next Generation group travelled to the Central American nation to witness UNICEF’s innovative solutions to combat malnutrition rates in February. Speakers of the evening included Jenna Bush Hager, Mia Baxter, David Lieberman and Robert Thompson, Sr. Vice President for Development for the US Fund for UNICEF. There were over 300 people in attendance, and over 100 FEED Guatemala bags were sold.

DJ Jeff Megraw donated his time and played music with a Latin vibe. A silent auction of the photographs took place which helped the event raise an additional $3,000 to directly support UNICEF’s Next Generation’s mission to support UNICEF nutrition programs in Guatemala. All proceeds from the evening went to benefit UNICEF’s nutrition programs in Guatemala.

To join UNICEF’s Next Generation and learn more, please visit www.unicefusa.org/nextgeneration.

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Lord & Taylor party promotes FEED Guatemala bags

UNICEF Next Generation Steering Committee member and co-founder of FEED, Lauren Bush, took her mom to tea at the New York flagship store of Lord & Taylor on Fifth Avenue yesterday. No intimate pre-Mother’s Day fete was this — but a well-attended celebration of fashion meeting philanthropy.

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The event showcased the new FEED 1 Guatemala pouch and FEED 3 Guatemala tote bag, which are being sold nationwide exclusively by Lord & Taylor.

UNICEF President and CEO Caryl Stern co-hosted the party along with Lauren and Sharon Bush, Ellen and Maura Gustafson, Cara La Rosa and Augusta Gahan and Dolores Rice Gahan among others.

Funds raised through the purchase of the bags will support UNICEF nutrition programs in Guatemala.

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Inspired Mothers: Tune in for a really bright idea

— With Mother’s Day just around the corner, the FEED Guatemala Bags for UNICEF really are a bright idea!

Handmade by women artisans in Guatemala from traditional Ikat fabrics, the FEED Guatemala pouch and bag will be available for purchase exclusively at Lord & Taylor stores nationwide and online just in time for Mother’s Day. FEED bags are part of the FEED Projects co-founded by UNICEF Next Generation steering committee member Lauren Bush. The goal of the FEED Projects is to support partners like UNICEF who provide nutrition to children through the sale of FEED bags. Lack of nutrition is a serious problem in Guatemala with nearly 23% of children over three months and under five years of age suffering from malnutrition while almost one-half suffer from chronic malnutrition. After travelling to Guatemala with UNICEF, Lauren wanted to double her efforts for the nutrition programs there – hence, the FEED Guatemala bags.

Here’s how it works: for every FEED 1 pouch sold, FEED donates $3.50 to the U.S Fund for UNICEF to provide daily nutrition for a child in Guatemala. For every FEED 3 Guatemala bag sold, FEED donates $10.50 to the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, to provide daily nutrition for 3 kids for a year. That’s a whole lot of numbers but it’s really simple – FEED 1 pouch will help 1 child and FEED 3 bag will help 3 children for not one day or one month but an entire year.

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Tap Project is still giving

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.

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NatGeo’s global look at water

Elizabeth Kiem is the online producer for unicefusa.org

Here at the U.S. Fund, World Water Week is zero hour for the Tap Project – a concentrated appeal to bolster UNICEF’s water, sanitation and hygiene fund in a few select countries: Togo, Central African Republic, Vietnam, Guatemala and Haiti.

But each and every day we are mindful of the disparities water resources create in every country around the world.

That’s why we salute the global perspective of National Geographic, which devoted the entire April issue of its magazine to the subject.

Read the Water issue today, if you haven’t already. It’s full of great stuff – a lyrical essay by Barbara Kingsolver, an adorable photo of a snake-necked turtle, facts about desalination.

But we were particularly struck by this story about the burden of water for so many of the world’s women. This is a story UNICEF hears constantly and which we are working to change.

We’ll get back to you soon with some updated stats about how far the UNICEF Tap Project will go towards easing the burden of water for those who struggle the most to secure it. Until then, test your drinking water savvy, and pass it on!

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