Posts tagged unicef
Posts tagged unicef
Today’s Hero for Zero? A Cambodian monk!
UNICEF & Cambodia Join Forces
UNICEF and Cambodia have worked together for half a century. During that time, both the country and UNICEF’s involvement has changed and developed. Situated in the heart of the Indochina Peninsula, Cambodia is surrounded by Thailand, Vietnam, Laos and the Gulf of Thailand – the perfect itinerary for a cultural vacation! Aside from beautiful landscapes, there is an abundance of history packed into this region, a lot of which lies in Cambodia’s history.
UNICEF’s relationship with Cambodia began in 1952 in an effort to improve the health of suffering Cambodian children. After the country’s civil war ended in 1979, UNICEF reclaimed its station and quickly went to work on emergency relief. Once the health and education infrastructure was rebuilt, UNICEF revised its mission to promote development in place of damage control. Today, UNICEF continues to focus on further developing programs that help the Cambodian population develop and prosper.
Prospering in the Face of HIV/AIDS in Cambodia
The HIV/AIDS pandemic is especially prominent in Southeast Asia. In Cambodia alone, over 75,000 people, close to 1% of the population, are living with HIV/AIDS with a greater prevalence among women than men. The prominence of HIV-positive women has implications on children as well, as this may lead to a greater incidence of HIV among infants and children through mother-to-child-transmission during and after pregnancy.
With UNICEF’s help, the number of prevention, treatment and support programs available in Cambodia has grown to more accurately address the country’s needs. In addition to ensuring medical care is provided to HIV-positive children and building dozens of clinics, UNICEF also supports programs that offer emotional support to people impacted by HIV/AIDS.
Meet Monk Khun Khat
Khun Khat is a Cambodian monk who coupled Buddhist principles of compassion for all and the importance of being integrated into society with emotional support for families impacted by HIV/AIDS. Khun Khat explains that a person should not live in isolation and has focused his efforts on ensuring that people living with HIV/AIDS feel connected to the society in which they live. With UNICEF’s support, monks like Khun Khat are helping individuals and families cope with the prominence of HIV in their lives throughout the country and ensure they remain a part of Cambodian society. We thank Khun Khat and those like them for the work they do in improving the lives of children across Cambodia!
For the full story, click here http://www.unicef.org/infobycountry/cambodia_61571.html!
Annabelle Eliashiv is a Next Gen volunteer highlighting some of Next Gen’s Heroes for Zero from around the world. Do you know a Hero for Zero? Please share your story with us!
Photo Credit: UNICEF Cambodia, Mcbride 2012
Hey Next Gen, are you a Hero for Zero preventable deaths in the Sahel?
Three months ago, UNICEF sounded the alarm. The Sahel region was in dire need of assistance as the drought season approached and an increasingly large number of children (1.1 million children under five to be exact) faced severe acute malnutrition. Programs were assembled and the campaign to provide desperately needed food and nutritional supplements to the children of the Sahel began. Even though the Sahel is still in urgent need of all the help UNICEF and our irreplaceable supporters can offer, we thought we would take a moment to update you on the progress we’ve made so far.
So…what is the Sahel?
The Sahel is a handful of sub-Saharan countries that stretch across west and central Africa. These countries include: Gambia, Senegal, Mauritania, Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger, Nigeria, Chad, and Cameroon. Over the past few months, the Sahel region has not received the attention it deserves. Massive food shortages and exorbitant food prices have left over one million children starving and suffering. In April, UNICEF decided this was unacceptable and turned to its supporters to raise the $120 million required to provide the services that would help save these children.
UNICEF’s Game Plan
UNICEF’s efforts in the Sahel coupled immediate crisis management with long-term program implementation to tackle the crisis. In addition to supplying food and nutritional supplements, UNICEF made it its goal to develop a water and sanitation infrastructure throughout the Sahel and provide children with an enriching education that would increase their likelihood of success in the face of this harsh food crisis.
The end of June marked the end of UNICEF’s largest campaign against child malnutrition in Chad. During the three-month mission, UNICEF distributed Plumpy’Doz, a nutritional supplement that can vastly improve a child’s health, and therapeutic milk to 200,000 children aged 6 months to 23 months immensely improving their chances of survival and growth rates. As part of UNICEF’s comprehensive approach soap, deworming medicine, and Vitamin A were also provided in an effort to improve children’s hygiene and increase their knowledge on overall health practices.
In Mali, a significant drive was made to bring the most vulnerable children suffering from severe acute malnutrition to health centers across the region and educate parents on the signs of malnutrition so they can seek help for their children early on. UNICEF also teamed up with local organizations in Nigeria, such as the Société de Transformation Alimentaire (STA), to produce and distribute nutritional supplements, an extremely important element of UNICEF’s fight against the severe incidence of malnutrition in the Sahel.
Your help saving these children’s lives is still desperately needed. Please, become a Hero for Zero and help UNICEF raise the $120 million we need to address this emergency. For more information regarding the Sahel Crisis, click here: http://www.unicefusa.org/work/emergencies/sahel/.
Annabelle Eliashiv is a Next Gen volunteer engaging readers in Next Gen’s latest project. Photo Credit: Niger, 2010 © UNICEF/NYHQ2010-1584/Pierre Holtz
The UNICEF Tap Project
It’s a simple equation. When you take water, give water. The UNICEF Tap Project was designed to demystify the ways everyday people like you and me can help end the world’s water crisis. Originally launched in New York City, affiliated restaurants ask their patrons to donate $1 for the tap water they would normally enjoy for free. Did you know that just one dollar can provide a child with safe drinking water for FORTY DAYS? Let’s pool together our change, the crumpled dollars in our pockets, and some bigger bucks as well to help the 783 MILLION PEOPLE throughout the world lacking safe drinking water today!
Interested in what your donation will do, here’s a quick breakdown:
Looking to learn more about the UNICEF Tap Project? Keep reading!
This year, Next Gen teamed up with the Tap Project to support water and sanitation programs in Cameroon, Mauritania, Togo, and Vietnam. Let’s take a closer look at the urgent need for safe water and better sanitation in each of these countries…
In Cameroon, 86% of people living in urban areas do not have access to clean drinking water. The situation is not much better in rural areas where 50% of the population does not have access to safe water. Donating to the Tap Project would give UNICEF the funds it needs to provide access to clean, safe water in both urban and rural areas.
Diarrhea (I know, who likes to talk about diarrhea!? But it is a serious issue that needs to be discussed more! No child should ever be dying from diarrhea!), the second largest cause of death among children in Mauritania, is directly linked to the lack of clean water and sanitation. With your support, UNICEF can save lives by ensuring that all children have access to safe water!
In Togo, the lack of accessible drinking water makes it such that 25% of the population has to walk over 30 minutes for water. Can you imagine having to walk 30 minutes for a sip of water? Do your part in building and developing water wells in Togo by donating to the Tap Project today!
The numbers are shocking in Vietnam with about 3.3 MILLION children lacking access to an improved water source and 11 MILLION children living without hygienic sanitation. Donate today to take part in ending the world water and sanitation crisis!
Annabelle Eliashiv is a Next Gen volunteer engaging readers in Next Gen’s latest projects. For more information regarding the UNICEF Tap Project click here: http://www.tapproject.org/!
Photo Credit: Cameroon: Children drink from a UNICEF-supported water point. © UNICEF/Eric Bouvet Photo
Madagascar’s Two Heroes For Zero!
For those of you who need a quick geography refresher, Madagascar is a beautiful island off the southeastern coast of Africa. The country boasts magnificent coastlines, a vast range of ecological wonders found nowhere else in the world, and a tendency to be hit by natural disasters such as 2009’s Cyclone Giovanna.
UNICEF opened its Madagascar office in 1984 and went right to work! Since then UNICEF developed a number of programs that address health and nutrition, disaster preparedness and response, child protection, working with youths affected by HIV/AIDS, and today’s focus: education.
Allow me to introduce our first Hero for Zero, Sonia Sukdeo. With a history as an education specialist, Sonia Sukdeo uses her placement in Madagascar’s UNICEF office as an opportunity to promote quality education. Her efforts are concentrated in developing early education and post-primary schooling for girls (6th-9th grade). Recent evidence states that 10% of Madagascar’s ten million children are not in school. The country is missing the basic foundation to educate these children, namely 1700 preschools and a culture that promotes the importance of education amongst boys and girls. With Sonia Sukdeo’s help and the support of other international organizations, UNICEF constructed sturdy preschools (equipped with gender-separate toilets to promote healthy hygiene behavior!) in communities with a high demand for schools.
Sukdeo recognizes the difficulty girls face in continuing their education. Rather than invest in their daughters’ educations, parents are likely to insist their daughters get married or force them to work by the time they are 12 years old. These deterrents, paired with the dangers girls face while trekking miles to school, necessitated an innovative solution…
UNICEF took a multifaceted approach. First, they offered bicycles to girls living four miles or more from the closest school and dormitory living for girls living over eight miles away. Additionally, they offered yearly scholarships to students covering the costs of schooling, book supplies, and living expenses to encourage attendance. Lastly, they created a mentor program in which girls are paired with an older student or teacher in an effort to reinforce the value of education.
Our second Hero for Zero, fourteen year old Fabiola, is one of those lucky girls. On the brink of being taken out of school (so her parents could afford to pay for her brother’s education), Fabiola received a UNICEF-supported scholarship just in time! Fabiola’s scholarship reinforced the importance of their daughter’s education in her family’s eyes. She shares, “my parents were both very happy, and told me that I need to continue as far as possible.” We hope you keep studying, too!
To learn more about Fabiola’s story and other similar experiences in Madagascar, click here: http://www.unicef.org/infobycountry/madagascar_57870.html!
Annabelle Eliashiv is a Next Gen volunteer tracking some of Next Gen’s Heroes for Zero from around the world. We’re excited to hear your stories, too!
Next Gen’s Heroes For Zero!
The United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund. That’s a long title, but what does UNICEF actually do? Let us introduce you to some people we consider our ‘heroes for zero’ from around the world that will help open your eyes to the wonderful and heroic world of UNICEF. Our ‘heroes for zero’ are committed to ensuring there’s a day when zero children under five are dying from preventable causes and improving the lives of children worldwide. But it doesn’t stop there! Our heroes are also the incredible and resilient children from around the world whose lives are touched by UNICEF. And we want to share their stories with YOU. Get ready for our Hero for Zero PROFILE!
Our first stop? China.
After a recent trip to China spent walking the Great Wall, admiring Leshan’s Giant Buddha and navigating through the busy streets of Beijing, I came back to UNICEF’s offices in New York and began to wonder how UNICEF helps the children I saw in the cities and villages of China. After doing some research I found that China was actually one of the first Asian countries to partner with UNICEF way back in 1947. China welcomed UNICEF’s support in helping to develop child and maternal healthcare, building the foundation for a relationship that would save and improve children’s lives for generations to come.
Over the past thirty years, UNICEF assisted China in distributing vaccines to over 90% of the population, introduced safe water and sanitation practices throughout the country, and collaborated with the government to fight HIV/AIDS. One of UNICEF’s most recent projects is a life-skills training program that offers migrant children valuable tools they need to adjust to urban living.
Meet Xue Siqi, a nine year old boy who recently moved from a rural town to the bustling city of Wenling.Before moving to the city, Siqi, like many other children growing up in China’s countryside, had never seen a traffic light. Recognizing the potential danger children like Siqi face on their walks to school UNICEF teamed up with National Working Committee on Women and Children to provide training for children and parents as they adjust to their new lifestyles. These sessions include basic safety protocols for children and information on accessing healthcare and other social services for parents. Today, Siqi comes home safely and shares the useful information he learns with both his parents. Way to go, Siqi!
For Siqi’s full story, click here: http://www.unicef.org/infobycountry/china_61139.html
Annabelle Eliashiv is a Next Gen volunteer highlighting some of Next Gen’s Heroes for Zero from around the world. Do you know a Hero for Zero? We’d love to hear your story!