Inspired Gifts have hit the big time! We are very happy to share with you that UNICEF Inspired Gifts are included in an exhibition about design for children that is currently on view at New York’s Museum of Modern Art. The MoMA show, called “Century of the Child: Growing by Design 1900-2000,” looks at how modernist thinking has influenced designing for children in the 20th Century, and it features three Inspired Gifts
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Recently, I travelled to Poughkeepsie, New York to give a presentation to a group of students who are members of the Rotary International Interact Club. Each year, the Interact students pick an international project to support, and this year they chose UNICEF’s School-in-a-Box.
After a warm introduction from the principal, the Interact district advisor and the student president, I gave a presentation on UNICEF School-in-a-Box, while also highlighting the U.S. Fund for UNICEF’s longstanding partnership with Rotary International. I talked about the impact that School-in-a-Box has had all over the world, and shared photos and stories about the School-in-a-Box kits used in Pakistan, Haiti and beyond.
Being the mother of an almost four-year-old boy, I thought it was important that he start understanding how fortunate he is and that it is his civic responsibility to give back to those who are less fortunate. Philanthropy and compassion are things I believe can be instilled at a very young age. I wanted to do this in a way he could relate to and thought what better way than giving him an outlet to help other children around the world. I thought the UNICEF School-in-a-Box was the perfect introduction to UNICEF for preschoolers.
It’s been almost two months since the devastating earthquake in Haiti. Although it seems like there’s less urgency with the news coverage on the quake, there are long-term effects of the disaster. This past weekend, the New York Times published an article commenting on how the earthquake left not only the city in ruins, but the education system as well.
Hundreds of teachers, and thousands of students lost their lives in the quake. Many schools and colleges have been destroyed, or are considered too dangerous to resume classes. With less schools and less facilities to properly train more teachers, the education of Haiti’s children is in “limbo”.
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