What People Are Saying
"I Believe in ZERO: Learning From the World's Children"
New book from Caryl Stern, President and CEO of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF
What People Are Saying
"Caryl Stern offers a poignant and personal account from the front lines of her work to protect the most vulnerable children in the world today. Through her eyes, we are powerfully re-awakened to the common hopes and aspirations that all parents share for their children – and to the injustice that denies hope to far too many of the world's most marginalized families. She does so with empathy, humility, and a sense of profound optimism that leaves the reader believing – like her – in the equity platform of UNICEF and the audacious goal of ZERO hunger, poverty and disease. Hers is a powerful and inspirational call-to-action for anyone who cares about the future we leave our children – which is to say, all of us."
— Timothy P. Shriver, PhD; Chairman and CEO, Special Olympics Inc.
"Caryl Stern is an inspiration for anyone contemplating a life of service. I have had the good fortune of knowing Caryl since she arrived at the U.S. Fund for UNICEF in 2006, like a fireball of energy, with a passionate commitment not only to making a difference in the lives of the world's most vulnerable women and children – but with a desire to listen and learn from them directly. Throughout her travels, whether to war zones, the sites of humanitarian or natural disasters, or to distant places where UNICEF has been working away for the long haul, she has always taken the time to talk to children, families and communities, to understand their lives and the issues they face, and their hopes and dreams. Caryl has artfully distilled their extraordinary stories along with her own unique experiences into her wonderful new book, I Believe in ZERO: Learning From The World's Children – a book which should be mandatory reading for anyone interested in making sure that every child has the chance to grow, thrive and reach their potential – and indeed, in changing the world!"
— Lucy Liu, UNICEF Ambassador
"As global citizens, it's our responsibility to band together and create change for our world's children. As a mother of four, I'm always amazed at the work Caryl Stern and UNICEF do on a daily basis to make sure kids have the basic necessities like clean water, food to eat and medicine for preventable illnesses. This book is not only heartwarming but inspirational. My hope is that you will read it and join in UNICEF's 'I believe in ZERO' campaign. Our children need us."
— Heidi Klum, UNICEF Supporter
"UNICEF has helped save more children's lives than any other organization on the planet. These are children who lack things we take for granted everyday: Water, Food, Medicine, and Vaccinations. Over 18,000 of these children die needlessly every day because they lack one or more of these basic human needs and UNICEF will not stop until that number is ZERO. Under the guidance of Caryl Stern, I have seen that daily number of needless deaths drop from 26,000 to 18,000…which is still a huge and unacceptable number…but certainly a significant move in the right direction. Caryl…and all of the wonderful people at UNICEF…are amongst the bravest warriors we have in this battle to save the world's most vulnerable children. They don't care about how dangerous or unstable a country might be that they need to enter, or what the gender, political affiliation, or religion is of a child. All Caryl and UNICEF care about is accessing children who need their help. I believe in ZERO and anyone who spends a few minutes with Caryl Stern will believe in ZERO too."
— Vern Yip, UNICEF Ambassador
"Traveling with UNICEF changed my life, and like Caryl Stern, the lessons I've learned from the world's children have filled me with awe and wonder. In her new book, Caryl brings those lessons home for us all, with a mother's eye, and a humanitarian's heart."
— Alyssa Milano, UNICEF Ambassador
"Caryl Stern is one of the world's great mothers. While travelling with Caryl on a UNICEF field visit, I saw firsthand the incredible love she has for ALL of the world's children. Her stories force us to realize that every child, not just our own, deserves the right to live a healthy, happy life."
— Tyson Chandler, NBA All-Star & UNICEF Supporter
"Caryl understands how important children are. Through this book she takes us to some of her travels and experiences with UNICEF and shows her passion for protecting the world's most vulnerable children, helping us understand the need of all of us working towards the day when Zero children die from preventable causes."
— Pau Gasol – NBA All-Star/UNICEF Ambassador
"I Believe in ZERO" should be on every classroom shelf, and on every mom's kitchen table. I fell in love with UNICEF and its mission the day I started interning for the organization in 2006. Recently, having my own baby has solidified, even more, the grave importance of UNICEF’s work and their commitment to ZERO. My daughter Mila has helped me to better understand the desires and pain of the mothers I met through my travels with UNICEF. I have learned so much from them...they taught me that ALL mothers want similar things: the chance for their kids to live healthy, happy, productive lives. Caryl is one such mother, to her own children and to the children of the world. “I Believe in ZERO” does exactly what she set out to do: show the world that through her own personal experiences with UNICEF she has learned, as I have, that every child and mother can be a true inspiration.”
— Jenna Bush Hager, Founding Chair, UNICEF's Next Generation