When my boss first tasked me with planning Tulane’s Shut Out Trafficking week, I didn’t understand why our athletics department wanted to get involved in this issue. What came to my mind when I heard human trafficking was a poor, distant country full of people who are already being exploited on numerous levels. At that time, I certainly did not grasp the widespread horrors of human trafficking, nor realize that New Orleans – my home, the city that has raised and shaped me over the past five years – is a human trafficking hot spot.
On Thursday, October 30, an American Airlines flight attendant volunteer (known as Champions for Children, who collect donations of currency from customers onboard selected international flights to support UNICEF’s Change for Good program) attended the first UNICEF Masquerade Ball in Chicago.
My wife and I first decided to run the New York City Marathon after watching our brother finish the race in 2010. Since then, it’s been a long journey to get to the finish line. After running nine qualifying races in 2011, the 2012 marathon was canceled due to Hurricane Sandy. And last year, I started the race but had an ankle injury that forced me to stop at mile 16. While I had a lot of personal reasons to finish what I started this year, I also recognized that the marathon is bigger than any individual achievement.
NEW YORK (November 7, 2014) – UNICEF has sent nearly 3,000 metric tons of lifesaving supplies, including protective equipment and essential medicine, in the past three months to fight the spread of Ebola in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. The children’s agency is among the largest source of supplies in the international effort to contain Ebola.
Best of the UNICEF blogs
Love in the time of Ebola
How do you tell children that they can’t show affection? Explaining the “don't touch” rule to children in Sierra Leone.
Around the world in a hot air balloon—for UNICEF!
Pilot Andrew Parker makes a stop in China, delivering postcards and a powerful message about children’s rights.
NEW YORK, NY (November 3, 2014) – From November 1—24, 2014, the annual Pier 1 Imports/UNICEF Greeting Card Contest invites children in the United States ages 14 and under to submit their original artwork for the chance at becoming the winning artist for the 2015 holiday season. A beloved annual tradition, the design chosen from thousands of entries will be reproduced as an official UNICEF holiday greeting card for 2015 and sold exclusively at Pier 1 Imports stores nationwide and on Pier1.com.
Conshohocken, PA (November 3, 2014) – The IKEA Soft Toys for Education campaign, a good cause partnership between the IKEA Foundation, UNICEF and Save the Children, was first launched eleven years ago. The idea is simple; for every Soft Toy or children’s book sold from November 9, 2014 - January 3, 2015, the IKEA Foundation donates
1 euro (approximately $1.30)* to UNICEF and Save the Children for children’s education projects.