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Every day, UNICEF workers brave war zones, treacherous terrain, disasters and disease to make the world safe for kids. UNICEF helps give children the childhood they deserve.Every day, UNICEF workers brave war zones, treacherous terrain, disasters and disease to give kids the childhood they deserve

Kids need UNICEF now more than ever:

  • ​​COVID-19 threatens to roll back decades of child-protection progress, straining fragile social service and justice systems, increasing gender-based violence and deepening inequalities
  • Pandemic-related economic strain is forcing girls to drop out of school, exposing them to the risks of child marriage and exploitation
  • Children around the world who suffer from pandemic-related mental-health issues, domestic violence and neglect require a rapid expansion of social services
  • One in two students are victims of peer violence
  • Around 10 million more child marriages may occur before 2030, rolling back years of progress in reducing the practice
  • Stress, confinement and poverty have heightened protection risks for the 1.8 billion children living in the 104 countries where COVID-19 disrupted violence prevention and response services
  • Gender-based violence affects more than 1 in 3 women and girls worldwide, as well as millions of boys, men and gender-nonconforming individuals
  • An estimated 43 percent of all children (349 million) who are below primary-school age live without child care
 

"I first came to social work because I always had a passion for helping children, especially vulnerable individuals.” Meet Le Thi Phiên, a social worker in Cao Lanh, Vietnam, trained by UNICEF to prevent and respond to violence against children. In Vietnam, 68 percent of children experience violent punishment at home. With UNICEF’s support, social workers like Le Thi have the power to restore their sense of safety.

"I first came to social work because I always had a passion for helping children, especially vulnerable individuals.” Meet Le Thi Phiên, a social worker in Vietnam, where 68 percent of children experience violent punishment at home. With UNICEF’s training and support, social workers like Le Thi have the power to restore their sense of safety.

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  • When disaster strikes, UNICEF knows what kids need: Last year, 47.2 million children, adolescents and caregivers received community-based mental health and psychosocial support
  • UNICEF finds unique solutions to tough problems: Over 12,000 children across 19 countries freed from armed forces or militant groups received care, services and help reintegrating with their families and communities
  • UNICEF looks out for the most vulnerable: UNICEF provided prevention and survivor assistance to nearly 2.7 million children endangered by landmines and other explosive weapons last year
  • UNICEF protects children’s rights to legal status: UNICEF provided mental health and psychosocial support, child-friendly legal aid and alternatives to detention for 1.8 million children on the move
  • UNICEF keeps families together: Last year, some 229,000 children who were separated from their parents or caregivers were reunited with their families or placed in supportive alternative-care settings
  • UNICEF gets results: Last year, nearly 25,000 children with disabilities who experienced violence received health and social services along with legal or judicial support ​​through UNICEF programs in 55 countries
  • UNICEF stands up for vulnerable girls and women: Female genital mutilation (FGM) is a violent practice that can cause serious health problems and life-long pain. UNICEF co-leads two of the largest joint programs with the UNFPA aiming to eliminate FGM and end child marriage
  • UNICEF provided prevention and survivor assistance to children threatened by landmines and other explosive weapons
  • More than 2.6 million parents and caregivers across 87 countries took advantage of parenting programs
  • When children are separated from their parents by crisis or war, UNICEF reunites them with their families or finds them loving, supportive homes
  • UNICEF makes sure girls and boys who experience violence receive health and social services along with legal or judicial support
  • UNICEF helps protect and support girls who are threatened by female genital mutilation and early marriage

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UNICEF: saving and changing lives

Meet 14-year-old Obai, from Raqqa, Syria. After his father was killed, he and his family fled to a refugee camp where, thanks to a UNICEF Child-Friendly Space, he’s rediscovering how to be a kid again.

Meet 14-year-old Obai, from Raqqa, Syria. After his father was killed, he and his family fled to a refugee camp where, thanks to UNICEF, he’s rediscovering how to be a kid again.