[In the Field] WASH Program: Water, Sanitation, Hygiene

Kristen Mangelinkx from UNICEF's Boston office is blogging on her trip to Madagascar. This is her fifth post. We flew back to Antananarivo in the pouring rain yesterday afternoon after a quick tour of the vanilla factory there. Vanilla is a major export for Madagascar and we saw how the vanilla is purchased from the growers, sorted, and prepared for shipment to the U.S., Europe and Japan. We also saw the women and men who work in the factory--a steady job that only earns them about $1 per eight-hour day of work.

[Pix] UNICEF working with kids in Indonesia

In May 2006, an earthquake hit the island of Java, killing some 5,700 people. More than 37,000 others were injured in the disaster, which severely damaged or destroyed infrastructure, transportation and communication systems, homes and schools. About 40 percent of the roughly 130,000 people displaced in the region were children. With the generous support of donors, UNICEF has been working to restore these children's lives. © UNICEF/HQ06-1861/Josh Estey© UNICEF/HQ06-1861/Josh Estey

[In the Field] Mother Child Health Week kicks off in Madagascar

Kristen Mangelinkx from UNICEF's Boston office is blogging on her trip to Madagascar. This is her third post. The launch of Mother Child Health Week in Sambava was quite the event! Hundreds of people from this small community came to the health center to be a part of the celebration. Mothers came with their babies to receive free vitamin A doses, de-worming medication, and vaccinations. We were in the middle of all of this and were welcomed so warmly--there was even singing and dancing in our honor!

UNICEF thanks Idol Gives Back

On Wednesday night, American Idol devoted two hours of primetime programming, corporate sponsorship, celebrity support and the largest audience in television to raise funds for children affected by poverty in the U.S. and Africa. On behalf UNICEF, we offer our gratitude for the privilege of being one of nine esteemed organizations to benefit from the Idol Gives Back event. As a result of this generosity, UNICEF will be able to purchase vaccines, provide clean water, distribute antimalarial bednets, and administer medicines to continue saving the lives of children in Africa.

[In the Field] Health services for mothers and children in Madagascar

Kristen Mangelinkx from UNICEF's Boston office is blogging on her trip to Madagascar. This is her post from Sunday, April 22. We flew north to Sambava this morning. Located in the Sava region, known as the vanilla capitol of the country (a main export of Madagascar), Sambava is a beach town on the Indian Ocean with almost no tourism.

[On TV] Mia Farrow takes her message on Darfur to The View

UNICEF Ambassador Mia Farrow will sit down with the ladies of ABC's The View tomorrow morning at 11:00 am EST. She'll be discussing the humanitarian situation Darfur and how the crisis there has spilled over to Sudan's neighbors, Chad and Central African Republic. As is always on The View, the discussion is sure to be lively!

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