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Every day, UNICEF workers brave war zones, treacherous terrain, disasters and disease to make the world safe for kids. Last year, UNICEF was there for the children affected by nearly 300 humanitarian emergencies.Last year, UNICEF was there for the children affected by nearly 300 humanitarian emergencies

Kids need UNICEF now more than ever:

  • The number of children displaced by conflict and violence within their own countries reached 19 million last year, more than ever before
  • Children face many protracted, increasingly complex humanitarian crises. COVID-19 compounds the dangers: An estimated 80 million children under the age of one in 68 countries may miss out on the vaccines every child needs for a healthy start in life
  • Typhoons, cyclones, floods, earthquakes and volcanic eruptions only heighten the risks vulnerable children face. 2.5 million people in Mozambique still need humanitarian assistance to recover from Cyclone Idai
  • More countries are embroiled in violent unrest than at any other time in the past 30 years, with around 420 million children — one in five — living in an area affected by conflict
  • Last year the number of countries embroiled in violent conflict reached a 30-year high, displacing more than 30 million children and heightening the risks they may be trafficked, abused, enslaved and exploited
  • Five years of conflict and the world’s highest fatality rate from COVID-19 have left 12.3 million Yemeni children desperate. Every 10 minutes a child dies of preventable diseases, and 360,000 children under 5 suffer from severe acute malnutrition

"You want to help unconditionally and hope to offer even more," said Hamed, just one of the many volunteers who worked with UNICEF to clear the debris after last August's deadly blast in Beirut destroyed countless homes. The catastrophic explosion killed at least 100 people and injured over 4,000 more. But thanks to the activism of young volunteers like Hamed, the city and its youth have set their sights on a hopeful future.

"You want to help unconditionally and hope to offer even more," said Hamed, just one of the many volunteers who worked with UNICEF to clear the debris after last August's deadly blast in Beirut destroyed countless homes. The catastrophic explosion killed at least 100 people and injured over 4,000 more. But thanks to the activism of young volunteers like Hamed, the city and its youth have set their sights on a hopeful future.

 

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  • UNICEF has contacts: UNICEF works in more than 190 countries and territories, more than any other children’s organization
  • UNICEF acts quickly: Thanks to UNICEF’s emergency response systems and global supply chain, help can reach children in an emergency — almost anywhere in the world — within 72 hours
  • UNICEF gets results: Last year, as measles surged across continents, UNICEF helped vaccinate 41.3 million children against the life-threatening disease
  • UNICEF makes sure kids can be kids: When natural disasters or conflicts disrupt children’s lives, kids need to get back to school as quickly as possible. Last year UNICEF helped 7.4 million children learn
  • UNICEF gives families the help they need: 2.8 million households benefited from cash assistance to meet families’ basic needs and relieve the economic pressures that can send children to work rather than school
  • UNICEF employs proven strategies for helping children in emergencies heal: Thanks to UNICEF programs and Child-Friendly Spaces, where children can rest, play and learn, 3.7 million girls and boys received counseling and emotional support
  • UNICEF works in more than 190 countries and territories, more than any other children’s organization
  • Last year, as measles surged across continents, UNICEF helped vaccinate 41.3 million children against the life-threatening disease
  • When natural disasters or conflicts disrupt children’s lives, kids need to get back to school as quickly as possible. Last year UNICEF helped 7.4 million children learn
  • UNICEF delivered cash transfers — to help families feed their children, get them to school, heat their homes — to 2.8 million households
  • Thanks to UNICEF programs and Child-Friendly Spaces, where children can rest, play and learn, 3.7million girls and boys received counseling and emotional support
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UNICEF: saving and changing lives

Meet Rashed. He is one of more than 910,000 Rohingya people who fled genocide in Myanmar since August 2017. Today he helps his family make do in the camps of Bangladesh, but he has hopes and plans for a brighter future.

Meet Rashed, one of the more than 900,000 Rohingya who have fled genocide in Myanmar since August 2017. Today he helps his family make do in a Bangladesh refugee camp, where UNICEF programs help kids like him focus on a brighter future.