Nepal Earthquake: Education for Nearly 1 million Children in Jeopardy - UNICEF

NEW YORK (May 7, 2015) – At least 950,000 children in Nepal will not be able to return to school, unless urgent action is taken to provide temporary learning spaces and repair damaged school buildings following the April 25th earthquake – according to UNICEF. Almost 24,000 classrooms were damaged or destroyed in the 7.8 magnitude quake that hit the country 12 days ago, with many suffering further damage in subsequent aftershocks.

Shut Out Trafficking at Chicago State University

It was the first warm day of the year, and the entire Chicago State Women’s Basketball team was out on the main quad in full force. Instead of dribbling basketballs, however, the women were holding flyers and posters to raise awareness about Shut Out Trafficking week. Rather than running and jumping, they were dancing and laughing as they handed out educational material about human trafficking and the week’s activities.

Bipartisan Support for Birth Registration in House of Representatives

by Mark Engman, Director Public Policy and Advocacy

We are thrilled to announce that the Girls Count Act has been introduced in the House of Representatives!

The House bill, H.R. 2100, enjoys strong bipartisan support.  Rep. Steve Chabot introduced the legislation, joined by both the Chair and the Ranking Member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Rep. Royce (R-CA) and Rep. Engel (D-NY).  Other original cosponsors are Reps. McCollum (D-MN), Smith (R-NJ), and Sherman (D-CA).

Armed Groups in Central African Republic Agree to Release Thousands of Children

NEW YORK (May 5, 2015) – Leaders of armed groups in the Central African Republic agreed today to release all children associated with their forces and to immediately end any new child recruitment. 

An estimated 6,000 to 10,000 children are currently associated with the country’s armed factions according to UNICEF. The figure includes those serving as combatants and used for sexual purposes, as well as those working as cooks, messengers and in other roles.  

We Are Children, Not Soldiers

Leaders of armed groups in the Central African Republic agreed today to release all children associated with their forces and to immediately end any new child recruitment. UNICEF estimates that 6,000 to 10,000 children are currently associated with the country’s armed factions. Some serve as soldiers; others work as cooks or messengers or are exploited for sexual purposes.

#NepalEarthquake: UNICEF-EU Partnership Provides Emergency Supplies to Nepal

NEW YORK (May 4, 2015) – Two cargo planes delivering each 40 metric tons of life-saving supplies to the regions in Nepal affected by the earthquake on April 25th will take off from Dubai to Kathmandu, Nepal. The humanitarian supplies will support UNICEF’s response, providing vitally needed aid to 1.7 million children and their families. The airlift was made possible thanks to a €400,000 contribution from the European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid & Civil Protection department (ECHO).

Nepal Earthquake: Emergency Immunization Campaign for Hundreds of Thousands of Children at Risk

NEW YORK (May 4, 2015) – More than half a million children are being targeted in an emergency vaccination drive in Nepal – as fears grow of measles outbreaks in the informal camps that have sprung up since the earthquake on April 25.

The campaign was launched by the Nepalese Ministry of Health and Population, with support from UNICEF and the World Health Organisation (WHO).

5 Ways UNICEF Is Responding to the Earthquakes in Nepal

1. Distributing relief supplies to the Kathmandu Valley and remote areas.

During the first few days after the initial earthquake, UNICEF delivered 80 metric tons of humanitarian supplies, including tents, plastic sheeting, blankets, nutrition supplies, vaccinations and other lifesaving medicines. Reaching every child and family in need, in remote villages like Chanku, Marbu, Khopacha and Chilinka, remains the priority.

STAR WARS: FORCE FOR CHANGE ANNOUNCES ONLINE CHARITY AUCTION IN SUPPORT OF UNICEF KID POWER

SAN FRANCISCO, CA, MAY 4, 2015 — Star Wars: Force For Change, a charitable initiative from Disney and Lucasfilm, today announced its latest campaign, teaming with eBay Giving Works to auction off a selection of plaster stormtrooper helmet replicas uniquely decorated by artists around the world. The 10-day auction will kick off today and give bidders the chance to compete for these one-of-a-kind stormtrooper helmets at a starting price of $5.04. Lucasfilm has donated the helmets to U.S. Fund for UNICEF. U.S.

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