NEW YORK (March 25, 2016) – “It is with great sorrow that we mourn the loss of our dear friend and former colleague Sascha Pinczowski and her brother Alexander. They were among those killed this week during the tragic events in Brussels.”
“Sascha served as an intern at the U.S. Fund for UNICEF in 2014, dedicating her time to helping the world’s children. Together with her U.S. Fund and UNICEF colleagues, we are heartbroken and share our deepest condolences with Sascha and Alexander’s family, friends and loved ones.”
NEW YORK (March 24, 2016) – More than 86.7 million children under the age of 7 have spent their entire lives in conflict zones, putting their brain development at risk, UNICEF said today.
During the first 7 years of life a child’s brain has the potential to activate 1,000 brain cells every second. Each one of those cells, known as neurons, has the power to connect to another 10,000 neurons thousands of times per second. Brain connections serve as the building blocks of a child’s future, defining their health, emotional well-being and ability to learn.
by Aditya Aswani, UNICEF Campus Club Leader
I walk into the Russell Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill; immediately, I am in awe of how grand it is. Even the trash cans are gold colored and emblazoned with the logo of the United States Senate. My fellow UNICEF club leader, Michael, and I have arrived early to our meeting with the office of Senior Senator Lindsey Graham from my home state of South Carolina.
by Bouchra Benghomari, Boston Congressional Action Team Member and High School Club leader
My name is Bouchra and I am a dedicated and passionate supporter of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF’s work. UNICEF is dedicated to protect and work for a better life for children all across the globe and because of that, I believe supporting the work of UNICEF should be an unquestionable moral duty of all citizens of the world.
Today, an estimated 1.6 million Mozambican children are orphans. Laura, 14, lives alone with her brother, Paulino, 7, in Mozambique. Since the death of their parents and three younger siblings several years ago, Laura has been her family of two's head of household.
NEW YORK (March 22, 2016) – UNICEF today expressed concern that the new agreement between the EU and Turkey, which comes into effect this week, does not address the pressing humanitarian needs of 19,000 refugee and migrant children stranded in Greece.
Children make up 40 percent of the refugee and migrant population in Greece. It is estimated that unaccompanied children make up 10 percent of the child population.
UNICEF warned the new agreement could push children and families to take other more dangerous routes including the central Mediterranean Sea.
"Every night when I came home from school, I’d get water in the bush under some bamboo. This place was very far from the house, and I was sometimes afraid to go because of the snakes and other dangerous animals, but I had no choice," says Seny Lamah, 12, in Yalenzou, Guinea.
Clean water. Without a second thought, we simply turn the knob and it comes flowing out of the faucet. But the accessibility to clean water that is so customary to us is a luxury that people around the world do not have.
NEW YORK (March 21, 2016) – On the eve of World Water Day, UNICEF said the push to bring safe water to millions around the world is going to be even more challenging due to climate change, which threatens both water supply and water safety for millions of children living in drought- or flood-prone areas.