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People who give to UNICEF believe that all children deserve the chance to make their dreams of a better life a reality. But as the stories below reveal, some UNICEF supporters have deeply personal motivations for helping too. 

Some, like UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Ishmael Beah, give because they were children saved by UNICEF. 

Watch the video below to hear how UNICEF negotiated Beah’s release from a Sierre Leone militia when he was a child soldier and helped him recover from war. Then read on for more gripping stories about why our donors, far and wide, give to UNICEF. 

We are grateful to them — and to you. If you have a #WhyGive story to share, please tell us on your social media platform of choice and tag @UNICEFUSA. We’ll be sharing those throughout the month to celebrate all the dedicated supporters who put children first.