Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF goes digital with online Costume Party

HGTV, Key Club International and FEED Help UNICEF Campaign Make a Mark this Halloween

NEW YORK (September 7, 2011) — Today, the U.S. Fund for UNICEF launched its 61st annual Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF campaign. Infused with new interactive digital elements this year, including the first-ever Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF online costume party, supporters will be able to plan a Halloween party, share stories, and create a virtual costume at trickortreatforunicef.org.

UNICEF responds to the emerging water crisis in Libyan capital

NEW YORK (August 29, 2011) — UNICEF has delivered 23,000 bottles of water for the emergency use in Tripoli as the situation is expected to worsen in the capital of Libya. An additional 90,000 bottles of water are due to arrive today.

Currently, a total of some five million liters of water is being procured by UNICEF from neighboring countries to be trucked and shipped to Tripoli in the coming days.

IKEA visits 'Schools for Africa' program

IKEA continues to be UNICEF's largest global corporate cash donor, providing significant support for UNICEF's education programs, including UNICEF's Schools for Africa program. Last year, IKEA and its customers contributed over $1 million to the U.S. Fund for UNICEF through the company's annual soft toy campaign and UNICEF greeting card sales, which generated over $10 million for UNICEF globally. IKEA co-workers (employees) are instrumental to the success of the soft toy campaign and IKEA's overall partnership with UNICEF. Following the 2011 campaign, two IKEA co-workers from top performing IKEA stores in the United States were selected to have the opportunity to travel to see UNICEF's programs and the impact of IKEA's donations for children firsthand. These co-workers - Andrea Sorensen and Deandrea Flick - are wrapping-up their exciting one week trip to South Africa.

UNICEF's Next Generation presents a first-hand account of work in Dadaab

Caroline Johnston Polisi is a UNICEF's Next Generation Steering Committee member.

Disheartened by the lack of attention the situation in the horn of Africa is receiving in the mainstream media, Elizabeth Yale and Emily Griset, Co-Chairs of Next Gen's Program and Emergency Response Committee, invited Lisa Szarkowski, Vice President of Public Relations for the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, for an informal discussion about the crisis. Lisa relayed her first-hand experiences in the field at the stabilization centers in Dabaab, near the Kenya-Somalia border, and spoke candidly about her assessments, often stopping to take questions from the group. She noted that even as the rest of the world is finally beginning to recognize the severity of the situation, conditions are getting worse; she estimates that in the last three to six months, thirteen to fourteen hundred people a day seek refuge in the camps, which were originally structured to accommodate 90,000 people and now hold over 400,000.

FC Barcelona visits Dallas

When the Football Club Barcelona Vice President Ramon Pont says, "We are more than a team," he means it. Over the past five years FC Barcelona has raised 1.5 million Euros (about U.S. $2.1million) to support UNICEF's lifesaving HIV/ AIDS programs in southern Africa. The power of the UNICEF logo on the players' jerseys is instrumental in raising global awareness of UNICEF's lifesaving programs. And with a dedicated fan base of 60 million+ all over the world how could it not? Marquee players such as Villa and Messi have posted about the recent events in the Horn of Africa on their Facebook pages. This utilization of their high profile and modern social media to connect and educate people about current events in the world far removed from sports takes courage and heart. As Mr. Pont said, there truly is a "currency between what we say and what we do."

Heidi Klum named as 2011 Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF Ambassador

NEW YORK (August 23, 2011) — Today the U.S. Fund for UNICEF announced that top model, host and executive producer of Project Runway Heidi Klum is taking on yet another role, this time as the 2011 Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF Ambassador. Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF is one of the longest-running youth volunteer initiatives in America. For 61 years it has served as the original Kids Helping Kids® campaign for American children, providing them with an impactful way of making a difference in the lives of their peers in other countries.

Remembering fallen colleagues

Today is World Humanitarian Day, designated by the UN General Assembly, for the purpose of honoring aid workers. It is also a day to remember the sacrifice of too many who have been lost in the line of duty, with alarming frequency in recent years. And finally, meant to inspire and engage future support for this work, in the name of peace

IKEA visits UNICEF programs in South Africa

Every year from November 1st through December 24th, IKEA donates the equivalent of one Euro to our partners UNICEF and Save the Children for every soft toy that is sold. We call it the Soft Toy Campaign.

Last year IKEA West Chester and IKEA Draper had the best sales results in the U.S. during the campaign. Now, two co-workers, one from each of those stores, get to see for themselves how UNICEF programs in South Africa benefited from the funds donated through the Soft Toy Campaign last year.

A filmmaker's journey

Maggie Betts is a documentary filmmaker, HIV AIDS advocate, UNICEF Supporter and UNICEF's Next Generation Steering Committee member. I think the moment when I started to understand the full impact of AIDS in Africa, was the first time I ever saw a child who was born infected with HIV. Some 6 years ago now, I was on a UNICEF-hosted field visit to South Africa, which ultimately led us to a small pediatric clinic along the outskirts of Soweto. A little boy in the clinic had sat quietly playing along the floor, before he gradually became aware there was someone else watching and turned from his toys to look up at me. And as his face made an expression I'm sure I couldn't ever fully describe -the unbelievable strain and effort it actually took this boy to smile, is something that has never left me.

Water-borne diseases are lethal threat to children in southern Somalia

NEW YORK (August 18, 2011) — An urgent multisectoral response is being mounted to contain the spread of cholera in southern Somalia, as there is an increasing number of confirmed cases in the capital Mogadishu and reports of growing numbers of acute watery diarrhea cases in the port city of Kismayo.

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