U.S. Fund for UNICEF Announces Winners of Annual Pier 1 Imports®/UNICEF Greeting Card Contest

NEW YORK (January 25, 2017) – The U.S. Fund for UNICEF announced today the winners of the annual Pier 1 Imports/UNICEF Greeting Card Contest. The contest theme was “Peace, Love and Joy.” Aimee, age 13, from Texas, is this year’s Grand Prize Award winner for her artwork, which will be reproduced as an official UNICEF greeting card, and sold exclusively at Pier 1 Imports stores across the country and on Pier1.com during the 2017 holiday season. Additionally, Aimee will receive a $5,000 scholarship and her school will also receive $500 for art supplies. The U.S.

How Fairtrade Helps End Trafficking

Imagine you are a child.

You are 12 years old and you have a mother, a father, and four younger siblings. Your family was forced to leave your home after extreme violence destroyed surrounding areas, including where your father went to work and where you and your siblings attended school. Now you live in a camp made of tents and temporary shelters and your parents are struggling to provide enough food for you and your family.

UNICEF Launches Interactive Glimpse into Syrian Children’s Struggle for Education

NEW YORK (January 23, 2017) – A new interactive documentary providing an intimate look into the lives of Syrian school-aged children living as refugees in Lebanon was launched by UNICEF today. #ImagineaSchool provides a first-hand account of the challenges Syrian refugees face in their struggle to access education.

Statement Attributable to Geert Cappelaere, UNICEF Regional Director, on the Children of Deir Ez Zor

NEW YORK January 23, 2017) – Children living in the besieged city of Deir Ez Zor have come under intense attack in the past week.

“The escalation of violence threatens the lives of 93,000 civilians, including over 40,000 children who have been cut off from regular humanitarian aid for over two years.

Young Refugee and Migrant Children at Risk as Extreme Cold Weather Grips Much of Europe – UNICEF

NEW YORK (January 20, 2017) – With no sign of a let-up in the extreme cold weather and storms sweeping Central, Eastern and Southern Europe, refugee and migrant children are threatened by respiratory and other serious illnesses -- and even death from hypothermia, UNICEF said today.

In Greece and the Balkans, an estimated 23,700 refugee and migrant children - including infants and newborns mostly from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan – remain stranded. Many are being housed in shelters that are ill-equipped for winter, even as temperatures fall below freezing.

I am a Man and I Care about Ending Human Trafficking.

My journey:

Friends and family ask me why I do this line of work – anti-trafficking work. My response has changed over time from, “Because I care about women,” to “It could be my own daughter,” to “I refuse to live in a world where exploitation exists and do nothing about it.” It is clear that my journey and understanding of human trafficking has shifted from being centered on men and women’s importance in relation to men (which is already problematic), to seeing human trafficking as an issue that impacts everyone, including boys and men. 

Over 40 Percent of Syrian Refugee Children in Turkey Missing Out on Education, Despite Massive Increase in Enrollment Rates – UNICEF

NEW YORK (January 19, 2017) – Nearly half a million Syrian refugee children are currently enrolled in schools across Turkey. But despite a more than 50 percent increase in enrollment since last June, over 40 percent of children of school-going age – or 380,000 child refugees – are still missing out on an education, UNICEF said today.

Sandra Lee Appointed U.S. Fund for UNICEF Special Nutrition Emissary

NEW YORK (January 18, 2017) – The U.S. Fund for UNICEF today announced the appointment of Sandra Lee, as U.S. Fund for UNICEF Special Nutrition Emissary. The celebrated television personality, author, chef and long-time supporter of UNICEF will use her multi-media platforms to draw attention to the effects of malnutrition, which is linked to nearly half of all childhood deaths globally.  Lee recently travelled to Haiti, to witness UNICEF’s programs to treat children with severe acute malnutrition. Through U.S.