On June 14, 2012 the Child Survival: Call to Action forum took place in Washington, as leaders from around the world joined forces with a renewed promise—to end preventable child deaths. But the day was also about UNICEF Volunteers, as they, along with others, welcomed the arrival of nearly 700 leaders in government, the private sector, and civil society, from more than 80 nations. As these leaders stepped onto the Georgetown University campus, the striking “sea of blue”— more than 90 UNICEF volunteers wearing cyan blue, some as young as two years old—enthusiastically greeted them with vibrant signs and photos representing the 21,000 children under five who die each day from preventable causes.
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World leaders recently met at the United Nations to discuss the state of progress on the efforts to implement goals set for 2015 (the Millennium Development Goals) to reduce poverty and disease. As a contribution to those discussions, UNICEF released its “Narrowing the Gaps to Meet the Goals” study. The landmark document advocates that major gains in child and maternal health can be best achieved by focusing programs and resources on the very poorest women and children in the poorest countries. Reaching the poorest of the poor not only is the right thing to do, it is the most effective way to save the lives of millions of vulnerable children and their mothers by 2015.
Kristi Burnham leads the U.S. Fund for UNICEF’s Community & Volunteer Partnerships team.
The UNICEF Tap Project is already gearing up for 2011. The campaign, which in 2010 raised more than $900,000 for UNICEF water programs, will once again occur during World Water Week, from March 20 through 26, 2011. Volunteers will be an integral part of the UNICEF Tap Project, and we are seeking motivated volunteers to help serve as UNICEF Tap Project City Coordinators, and spearhead the campaign in five markets: Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City, Seattle and Washington, D.C.
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City Coordinators will help recruit restaurants in their local communities, execute a regional training, host a UNICEF Tap Project launch party, and steward other local UNICEF Tap Project volunteers who are hosting events and recruiting restaurants.
It is a great way to become more engaged with UNICEF, learn about global water and sanitation issues, connect your local community to a lifesaving cause and take action in support of a meaningful volunteer assignment.
Matt Feger is the UNICEF Tap Project City Coordinator in Washington, DC. He and the DC Tap Project Team report on their launch event which took place on March 20, 2010.
On Saturday night, the D.C. Tap Project Team hosted our Launch Event to kick off World Water Week. We must have had some good karma because the weather finally cooperated and helped us draw a great crowd. Friends, co-workers, volunteers, and some family members all came out in support of children around the world.
The UNICEF Tap Project is “Dine + Donate + Do Your Part.”
In addition, our City Coordinators are hosting UNICEF Tap Project launch parties in the following five cities:
New York City
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