Bus Stop Diaries

*This is a guest blog post written by David Evangelista, Special Olympics Vice President, Global Development and Government Relations

Some of the most comprehensive system failures are exposed initially by some of the most miniscule cracks in the frame.  As the saying goes, it is often the smallest things that make the biggest difference.   

Children First UNICEF Speaker Series with Geraldine Acuña-Sunshine

On Nov. 6, 2014 the New England Regional Office hosted the first event in our 2014-2015 annual speaker series. Now in its 13th year, this speaker series attracts women and men from the professional and philanthropic communities in Boston to an intimate event with a brief presentation by the featured speaker followed by an enriching Q & A session.

Former Child Soldier Visits Dallas

A good book has the ability to inspire and open our minds to situations around the world that we would never otherwise comprehend. Ishmael Beah’s book, “A Long Way Gone, Memoirs of a Boy Soldier,” takes the reader to rural Sierra Leone.   It provides the reader with a vivid glimpse into the life of a child struggling to survive in the midst of war.  It also gives great insight into the incredible work of UNICEF, which Beah credits with saving his life.

IKEA Foundation contributes $31.5 million to UNICEF to help advance children’s rights

New York (November 18, 2014) – To mark the 25th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, IKEA Foundation is boosting its commitment to children with six new grants to UNICEF, amounting to $31.5 million.

The new grants will focus on reaching the most marginalized and disadvantaged children living in poor communities and in strengthening UNICEF’s response in emergency and conflict situations.

Ebola Response: Thank You to Our Generous Partners and Supporters

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is the deadliest in history: more than 15,000 cases have been reported since March, and over 5,400 people have died. The impact of the crisis doesn't stop there: the outbreak has diminished food supplies and crippled health systems, putting children at greater risk of malnutrition and infection from preventable diseases.