A girl is immunized at UNICEF-supported Fort Portal Regional Referral Hospital in Uganda.

Kiwanis International

Support from Kiwanis has been helping UNICEF tackle health challenges around the world — and deliver impact for children and families — for more than three decades.

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Partner since 1990

Kiwanis International is a global community of 600,000 members across 80 countries and territories committed to improving the lives of children. 

Hosting about 150,000 service projects annually, Kiwanis empowers members to pursue creative ways to serve the needs of children, such as fighting hunger, improving literacy and providing psychosocial support. 

Kiwanis International is also the parent organization of high school Key Club International and collegiate Circle K International clubs

How Kiwanis is supporting UNICEF's work in water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH)

Handwashing is essential to preventing the spread of disease. Yet 3 billion people don't have soap and water at home, and over 800 million children attend schools where they can't wash their hands.

In July 2022, Circle K members completed a 5-year initiative in Haiti called The WASH Project, raising over the $278,000 to support awareness campaigns and the provision of hygiene supplies and services in schools — well above fundraising goals.

While the project ran year-round with monthly activations, March Water Madness was the project's main campaign in honor of World Water Day (March 22). 

In 2017, Circle K hosted the Six Cents initiative, named for the cost of one sachet of oral rehydration salts at the time. The initiative raised more than $67,000 for UNICEF WASH programs. 

Working together to eliminate Maternal and Neonatal Tetanus (MNT)

Kiwanis and UNICEF joined forced in 2010 to launch The Eliminate Project focused on the fight against MNT. The initiative raised more than $119 million and reached an estimated 100 million women with vaccine protection, helping to eliminate the disease in 47 of 59 high-risk countries, including Ethiopia, Haiti, the Philippines, Kenya, Chad and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. 

Supporting interventions that prevent Iodine Deficiency Disorder (IDD)

IDD is the leading preventable cause of mental and developmental disabilities in the world. 

In 1994, Kiwanis and UNICEF partnered for their first global service project together in an effort to eliminate IDD. At the time, less than 20 percent of people consumed iodized salt. Through the work of leading organizations and partners including UNICEF and Kiwanis, a decade later, that number had jumped to 70 percent. $105 million Kiwanis-raised funds have been at work in more than 89 nations and have helped save hundreds of millions of lives. 

In addition to WASH, MNT and IDD programs, Kiwanis members have also raised awareness and funds for HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment programs in Kenya and Swaziland and supported teen centers in Uruguay to provide adolescents with job skills, education, family counseling and other social services. 

How Key Club and Circle K members can support UNICEF USA

Help fund critical programs

Dedicate a special occasion to fundraise for UNICEF’s work, run or bike a marathon on Team UNICEF and take part in the iconic Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF. To date, Key Club members have raised $7 million for Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF. 

Participate in events

Attend speaker series or other event to learn more about the challenges that children face and raise funds for the solutions.

Advocate for policy change

Contact your legislators to establish policies that protect children and raise awareness online with our Social Press Kit.

Learn more about how UNICEF and civil society groups work together to create better futures for children.

TOP PHOTO: A young girl is immunized at UNICEF-supported Fort Portal Regional Referral Hospital in Uganda. UNICEF/UN0572748/Wamala