Harry Belafonte: Actor, Singer, Activist

"What good is a conscience if it is not awakened?" - Harry Belafonte The Motion Picture Association of America hosted the Washington, D.C. premier of the HBO special "Sing Your Song," a documentary about the artistic and humanitarian work of Harry Belafonte. Harry Belafonte himself was there to introduce the film and to share recollections of his engagement in a variety of civil rights and human rights initiatives. Of course, we in the UNICEF family are especially proud of his service as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador. We are thrilled that his inspiring work to advance humanity is being shared with a wide audience through "Sing Your Song." It can be seen on HBO beginning on October 17.

Connecting beyond the campus: a reflection from the Alumni Council

The Alumni Association was created in November 2010 by the Alumni Association Council with support from the U.S. Fund for UNICEF's Volunteer and Community Partnerships Department to encourage UNICEF Campus Initiative alumni to continue their involvement in UNICEF after college. The current Council is steered by 5 alumni from across the country, who are working professionals or graduate students. A year after our first meeting, the members of the UNICEF Campus Initiative Alumni Association Council reunited at Riverside Church on Saturday, October 8. We fueled up on coffee, reviewed the schedule, donned our blue UNICEF nametags to get the Campus Summit off to a great start. It was a busy morning of assisting and directing the over 250 student participants between the hostel, the United Nations, and the event venue at Riverside Church.

Rhodes family pledges $1 million to The Eliminate Project

Our family has committed a pledge of US$1 million to the U.S. Fund for UNICEF to fight MNT to save and protect thousands of children like Dani. We believe The Eliminate Project is our calling and could not find a better reason to stretch ourselves and give. We are honored to be asked to get involved and excited to commit our own resources to support Kiwanis and UNICEF's partnership to eliminate MNT.

Happy fiscal new year! Urge your legislators to support UNICEF!

The Federal Government's Fiscal New Year 2012 began on October 1. But hold the celebrations: Congress has not passed the appropriations for FY 2012. To avoid a government shut-down, Congress passed a stopgap bill to keep the government running until November 18th. That gives the House and Senate a few weeks to figure out how to allocate the $1.043 trillion that can be spent for FY 2012 among the 12 appropriations bills that fund the government.

World Teachers' Day 2011

Daniel Sadowsky is on the education team at the U.S. Fund for UNICEF. Where would you be today without your teachers? Chances are you'd have great difficulty reading a news story, budgeting your family resources, or understanding another's point of view. For their essential contributions to the advancement of humanity, members of the UN family recognize teachers each year on October 5, or World Teachers' Day.

Assistance for children in Pakistan at risk due to major funding shortfall

NEW YORK (October 3, 2011) – Following the monsoon floods that have struck Sindh province for the second year in a row, UNICEF and its partners are now reaching hundreds of thousands of families with lifesaving assistance. Nearly 210,000 people are now receiving clean water daily, while supplies such as buckets, soap, water purification tablets and tarps are being distributed to more than 100,000 people.