January 29, 2013
UNICEF is working with its partners to provide emergency relief after weeks of conflict in the Central African Republic (CAR) left 800,000 people in urgent need of humanitarian assistance. With the situation stabilizing, the priority is to reach communities that have been without adequate food, medicine, water, sanitation, hygiene, education and protection. Currently, UNICEF is able to respond to the needs of 45,000 people. $2.1 million is needed immediately to support the emergency response, and an estimated $11.5 million is needed in 2013.
January 28, 2013
Nearly 70,000 people have been affected by devastating floods in Gaza Province in Mozambique, with many sheltering in inaccessible areas around the province. In coordination with the government, UNICEF has dispatched clean water, hygiene and household items, as well as tarpaulins for families. UNICEF is also distributing high-energy nutrition biscuits for 25,000 people. Sukuma, a well-known musician in Mozambique, has visited the area. He brought words of encouragement to the evacuees, many of whom are children facing difficult conditions.
January 25, 2013
UNICEF appealed today for nearly $1.4 billion to meet the immediate humanitarian needs of children in 45 countries and regions gripped by conflict, natural disasters and other complex emergencies this year. Funds raised will also go toward improving disaster preparedness and helping prevent humanitarian catastrophes from unfolding. The 2013 Humanitarian Action for Children appeal includes countries prominent in the news along with many other countries that receive much less media coverage but nonetheless require urgent attention and assistance.
January 24, 2013
Actress, multiplatinum recording artist, and fashion designer Selena Gomez hosted a concert benefiting the U.S. Fund for UNICEF on Saturday, January 19 at the Best Buy Theater in New York City. The third annual Acoustic Charity Concert hosted by Ms. Gomez, a UNICEF Ambassador and avid supporter of the organization, raised more than $150,000 to support UNICEF’s programs that provide nutrition, clean water, medicine, education and more to children worldwide.
January 23, 2013
U.S. Fund for UNICEF Issues Urgent Appeal for Syrian Children Affected by Armed Conflict and Severe Weather
The U.S. Fund for UNICEF released a public service announcement yesterday appealing for immediate assistance for children fleeing Syria, following a series of recent reports from the country describing the terrible price children are paying due to the civil war. Of the estimated two million Syrians displaced inside the country, and the 620,000 people who have fled to neighboring countries, roughly half are children. The PSA implores people to help UNICEF keep children safe and warm.