September 17, 2012
Children across Syria are returning to school this week for the start of the new academic year, but they do so in a state of uncertainty because of the ongoing violence. According to the Ministry of Education, an estimated 2,072 schools have been damaged, while more than 800 additional ones are hosting families displaced by the conflict. Nearly 90 education staff has been killed. Ahead of last Sunday’s resumption of classes, the Government moved displaced families out of some schools and into alternative sites, including sports facilities.
September 17, 2012
The U.S. Fund for UNICEF today announced the appointment of Lisa Benenson as Senior Vice President of Marketing and Communications. Leading a team of 31 people across six divisions, Benenson is responsible for the brand and marketing, digital presence, and communications strategies and initiatives for UNICEF within the United States. Benenson, who joined the organization in April as Vice President of Marketing and Communications, is directing the roll-out of “Believe in ZERO,” a national campaign formally launched today.
September 13, 2012
The number of under-five child deaths has dropped more than 40% since 1990—a figure that demonstrates it is possible to radically reduce child mortality. In an effort to accelerate progress on reducing child deaths, the U.S. Fund for UNICEF is ramping up its efforts to spread awareness and raise funds to broaden UNICEF’s global impact. On September 17, the U.S. Fund for UNICEF will launch “Believe in ZERO,” a national ad campaign aimed at generating interest in UNICEF’s efforts to eliminate preventable child deaths.
September 11, 2012
Critically acclaimed actress Chloë Grace Moretz, of films such as Dark Shadows, Hugo, 500 Days of Summer and Let Me In, is taking time this Halloween to lend her support for the 62nd annual Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF campaign. One of the longest-running youth engagement campaigns in America, Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF enables kids to make a positive impact on the world by helping other kids in a fun and important way. For the first time, kids will have the chance to design their own Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF collection boxes.
September 6, 2012
UNICEF Scales up Emergency Response to Meet Increasing Needs of Children Affected by Crisis in Syria
Thousands of Syrian children are being screened to prevent malnutrition as part of a regional response to meet the needs of an estimated 1.3 million children affected by the ongoing crisis. UNICEF is also supporting a large-scale polio and measles vaccination campaign, and with local partners is reaching families sheltering in Damascus with life-saving medical care. UNICEF is appealing to the international community for increased funding of its emergency programs, which are reaching tens of thousands of Syrian children and their families.