IKEA customers help raise €10.1 million for children in Africa, Asia, Europe over holiday season

Millions of IKEA customers took part in the Soft Toys for Education campaign over the holiday season, raising €10.1 million for educational projects by buying IKEA soft toys and children’s books.

For every soft toy or children’s book sold in IKEA stores during November and December, the IKEA Foundation donates €1 to educational projects run by Save the Children and UNICEF.

The projects train teachers, improve child-protection systems, provide educational materials, and increase school attendance in some of the world’s poorest communities.

UNICEF Kid Power Request for Participation

Seattle Update from Global Citizenship Fellow Sylvia

In July 2014, I began my role as the first Global Citizenship Fellow in Seattle, Washington. In the northwest corner of the continental United States—more than 800 miles from the nearest U.S. Fund for UNICEF regional office—I am tasked with building connections to educate and advocate on behalf of the world’s children, creating a network of supporters committed to advancing global citizenship.

Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake on Escalating Violence against Children in Northern Nigeria

NEW YORK (January 11, 2015) – “These images from Northern Nigeria should be searing the conscience of the world.

“Some two thousand innocent children, women and elderly reportedly massacred in Baga.

“Young girls sent to die with a bomb strapped to their chests in Maiduguri.

“And lest we forget, more than two hundred girls stolen from their families, still lost.

“Words alone can neither express our outrage nor ease the agony of all those suffering from the constant violence in northern Nigeria.

UNICEF Helps Restart Measles Immunizations in Ebola-Hit Countries

NEW YORK (January 9, 2015) – UNICEF is helping governments and communities restart stalled immunizations amid a surge in measles cases in Ebola-affected countries, where health systems are overwhelmed and tens of thousands of children are left vulnerable to deadly diseases.

“Measles is a major killer of children that can easily be stopped through a safe and effective vaccine,” said Manuel Fontaine, UNICEF Regional Director for West and Central Africa. “But immunization rates have dropped significantly, further threatening children’s lives.”

UNICEF Kid Power