Ecuador Earthquake Leaves 120,000 Children Temporarily Out of School – UNICEF

NEW YORK (April 26, 2016) – More than 280 schools have been damaged by the earthquake that hit Ecuador on April 16, leaving up to 120,000 children temporarily without education, UNICEF said today.  

“Education is a lifeline for children going through the trauma of chaos and destruction,” said Grant Leaity, UNICEF Representative in Ecuador. “It helps give them a daily routine and a sense of purpose and puts them on track for psychological recovery.”

Embassy of Ecuador Partners with U.S. Fund for UNICEF to Raise Funds for Children Affected by Earthquake

NEW YORK (April 26, 2016) – The Embassy of Ecuador together with the U.S. Fund for UNICEF today announced a fundraising partnership to support the children affected by the 7.8 magnitude earthquake which struck the country on Saturday, April 16. 

Piano Keys for Syrian Kids

By: Omar Fehmi and Ziad Fehmi

On February 28, The Center for Arab Americans in Philanthropy hosted the very first Piano Keys for Syrian Kids in Commerce Township, Michigan. The piano concert was the idea of high school students Omar and Ziad Fehmi, and raised $9,843 in support of UNICEF’s work on behalf of Syrian children. When asked about the event and their inspiration, here is what they said:


BPS students join Meb Keflezighi to celebrate Kid Power

On Wednesday, April 13th, 2016, Boston elementary school students joined together to play school yard games from countries around the world at the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center. The Scholars & Stars event, hosted by John Hancock and the U.S. Fund for UNICEF New England region, celebrated the students' leadership in UNICEF Kid Power as well as the 2016 Boston Marathon.

Team UNICEF makes strides in Boston’s 120th Marathon

Hundreds of thousands of enthusiastic fans lined up along the sidelines of the 26.2 mile course to cheer on runners during Boston’s 120th Marathon on Monday, April 18th, 2016. The bright sun and 69 degree weather were ideal conditions for spectators but made it tough for the 27,491 runners, who were faced by a moderate but persistent headwind.

Two-Thirds of Unimmunized Children Live in Conflict-Affected Countries – UNICEF

NEW YORK (April 22, 2016) – Almost two-thirds of children who have not been immunized with basic vaccines live in countries that are either partially or entirely affected by conflict, UNICEF said ahead of World Immunization Week.

Of countries in conflict, South Sudan has the highest percentage of unimmunized children, with 61 percent not receiving the most basic childhood vaccines, followed by Somalia (58 percent) and Syria (57 percent).

First Airlift of UNICEF Relief Items Reaches Quake-Hit Ecuador

NEW YORK (April 22, 2016) – A first airlift of 86 metric tons of UNICEF relief items landed in Quito, Ecuador, last night, as the number of children affected by the earthquake reached 250,000.

“We need to get these supplies to children and we need to do this quickly,” said Grant Leaity, UNICEF Representative in Ecuador. “The longer children go without shelter, safe water and protection from disease, the higher the risks to their health and well-being.”