I recently received a welcome to the U.S. Fund for UNICEF from Marcus Samuelsson (Celebrity Ambassador U.S. Fund for UNICEF) telling me that I have joined the ranks of countless people around the world who believe in a better future who are together making a difference in the lives of millions of kids. I remember carrying the UNICEF donation boxes around at Halloween during my youth, but I have not seen it for a long time. Below are some facts and figures on what UNICEF is doing today, as well as ways to get involved. UNICEF was working on Millennium Development Goals long before there were any Millennium Development Goals and has always spoken up for those with the smallest of voices - children. They also provide the proof that these types of programs do make a difference.
UNICEF has saved more children's lives than any other humanitarian organization. It is, by any standard, an immense accomplishment.
Because of UNICEF the number of children dying each day has significantly dropped to 24,000. That's 1,500 more children waking up, playing with friends, making their mothers laugh, and dreaming of the exciting things they'll do when they grow up.
From measles campaigns in Pakistan to emergency therapeutic food in Ethiopia; from tetanus vaccination in Indonesia to well drilling in Sudan; from hurricane relief in Haiti to anti-malarial bed net distribution in Nigeria—UNICEF's work is having a huge impact.
How to get involved?
- Participate in Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF and Tap Project.
- Talk to your legislators as UNICEF advocates.
- Get to know unicefusa.org.
- Volunteer for UNICEF.
- Or visit our website to learn more