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  • 6 Facts To Ponder On The Potty

    How much love do you give your toilet? Chances are, not enough. Millions of people around the world don’t have a decent toilet and live in communities where they have to go out in the open. This leads to disease and puts the lives of millions in danger. Check out the latest facts for you to ponder on next time you are on the potty.

  • 8 Ways to Save our Seas… and Cash

    Our oceans are in serious trouble right now - climate change is taking its toll, and marine pollution is reaching unprecedented levels. Sea levels are rising, oceans are increasing in acidity - putting people and wildlife at serious risk of illness and even death. Urgent action is needed and it starts with us. Now WAIT, you may be thinking you don’t have the time or money to save our planet, but what if we had simple solutions to tackle both of these challenges. Look no further for tips to save the seas and cash!

  • 3 Easy Steps To Save Our Planet TODAY

    Earth Day should be EVERY DAY. Some people think you need a science degree to address climate change, but it takes someone like YOU. No matter who we are, we can all help save the future of our planet by taking small simple actions. Not convinced or not sure where to start? Check out this quick and easy guide that can help you begin taking action today.

  • 6 Amazing Ideas That Save The Lives Of Millions Of Children

    25 years ago, world leaders came together at the United Nations to declare that children have rights - and the Convention on the Rights of the Child was born. But turning these rights to survive and thrive is no easy task. It requires commitment, resources and great ideas. Here’s 6 amazing ideas that have helped save the lives of millions of children over the years which we’re proud to support.

  • Millions Need Urgent Aid Amidst Drought, Conflict and Food Crisis in the Horn of Africa

    ALERT - More than 10 million people across the Horn of Africa are in dire need of humanitarian assistance due to a deadly combination of drought, escalating food prices and armed conflict. Among the most vulnerable are 2 million children under the age of five in Somalia, Kenya, Ethiopia and Djibouti. To learn more, please watch the video below. You can also read the full story by visiting: http://bit.ly/pLyDEh

  • UNICEF: Free Primary School Becoming a Reality in Swaziland

    In the run-up to the 10th anniversary of the United Nations Girls’ Education Initiative (UNGEI) and the global conference titled “E4 - Engendering Empowerment: Education and Equality” to be held in Dakar, Senegal from 17-20 May, UNICEF is featuring a series of stories on girls education and gender equality. Here is one of those stories. By Shantha Bloemen ENTFUBENI, Swaziland, 14 May 2010 At sundown, Thulani Gama tells his 10-year-old twin siblings to collect firewood while he grinds corn for their supper. At sunrise, he wakes the twins and tells them to wash. Without breakfast, all three children begin their hour-long walk to school in rural Swaziland. Thulani, 13, is the head of his small household. He and his siblings Samkelo and Samkelisiw look after one another since, like many parents, their widowed mother left home to look for work in Mbabane, Swazilands capital. Thanks to a new programme supported by UNICEF and the Government of Swaziland, Thulani and his siblings are now able to attend school. The Government of Swaziland is aiming to improve access to education for vulnerable children. A 2005 constitutional law requires the first phase of free primary school education, starting with grades one and two. The programme will expand by one grade level each year until 2015, when it will cover all seven grades of primary school. http://www.unicef.org/infobycountry/swaziland_53646.html

  • UNICEF: Education Revitalizes Displaced Communities in Sri Lanka

    http://www.unicef.org/infobycountry/s… BATTICALOA, Sri Lanka 4 May 2010 In a remote part of eastern Sri Lanka, the rhythmic chant of childrens lessons reverberate through one of the regions newly re-established schools. Students here are learning the basics of reading and writing after having had their education interrupted by armed conflict. Many of the students at this school were displaced by violence during Sri Lankas more than two decade-long civil conflict. In addition, they have had to contend with the devastation wreaked by the Indian Ocean tsunami five years ago. Space and resources are stretched, said Arulayah Thivyathevu, the schools teacher. Students of different grade levels must attend class together and share one curriculum an often difficult task. To support the school and enable classes to continue, UNICEF has provided furniture, teaching materials, plastic sheeting for class partitions and other resources.

  • UNICEF: Anthony Lake Sworn in As Executive Director

    NEW YORK, USA, 3 May 2010 As Anthony Lake assumes his new role as UNICEF’s sixth Executive Director, he builds upon a solid foundation formed by the organization’s 60-plus years of child-rights advocacy, as well as his own wealth of international experience. Appointed by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon following what Mr. Ban called “a long and distinguished career with the United States Government,” Mr. Lake has worked on a wide range of foreign policy, national security and humanitarian issues. During a ceremony this morning at UN headquarters in New York, Mr. Lake was sworn into office by Mr. Ban. “Peace and security are the foundation of a world fit for children,” said Mr. Lake. “Wars not only kill children, they breed disease and destroy economic hope. And in the end, real peace is not found in a piece of diplomatic paper. It is found in the secure and healthy lives of girls and boys.”

  • UNICEF: FC Barcelona’s Leo Messi Named Goodwill Ambassador

    BARCELONA, Spain, 11 March 2010 Lionel Leo Messi, one of FC Barcelonas bright young stars and a member of the Argentine national football team joined the ranks of celebrated UNICEF Goodwill Ambassadors today. In a sun-filled room above Camp Nou, FC Barcelonas legendary home in the heart of the Catalonian capital, the 22-year-old footballer signed a two-year commitment to work on behalf of the worlds most vulnerable children. Three hundred people attended the packed event including UNICEF staff, government officials, family members, teammates, FC Barcelona President Joan Laporta, Mr. Messis coach, a passel of journalists and a dozen very excited schoolchildren. I know there are a lot of children that have diseases, many that dont have an education, many that dont have good nutrition. I am ready to do everything I can to help them in my collaboration with UNICEF,¨ said the newly minted Goodwill Ambassador. We are very proud and very excited to welcome you to the UNICEF family, Director of Private Fundraising and Partnerships Philip O´Brien told Mr. Messi, speaking on behalf of Executive Director Ann M. Veneman. This is a commitment you are making not to UNICEF, but to children, he added.

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