Water and Sanitation a Key Concern in Sri Lanka Flood Emergency

NEW YORK (May 24, 2016) – Over 300,000 victims including women and children have been affected by the tropical cyclonic storm ‘ROANU’ which has caused landslides and heavy rains in 22 districts of the 25 districts in the country. Eighty-two people had been reported dead and 118 people claimed missing from the resultant landslides in the Kegalle district.

New Fund Launches to Address Global Education Crisis

NEW YORK (May 23, 2016) – Global and national organizations today launch a new fund to better coordinate support for and drive investment in education for children and youth affected by humanitarian emergencies and protracted crises.

Today, one in four of the world’s school-aged children – nearly half a billion – live in countries affected by crises. Around 75 million of these children and youth are either already missing out on their education, receiving poor quality schooling or at risk of dropping out of school altogether.

UNICEF Kid Power Launches Free Star Wars: Force for Change Mission and Introduces New Green Kid Power Band to Help Kids and Fans Get Active and Save Lives This Summer

NEW YORK (May 22, 2016) – The U.S. Fund for UNICEF today introduced a new UNICEF Kid Power Band in a special co-branded Star Wars: Force for Change green color to allow kids and Star Wars fans alike to get active and save lives.

Did you Tweet with us? #SendtheCRC

by Mark Engman, Director of Public Policy and Advocacy

You may have noticed last month a sudden series of posts on social media about U.S. ratification of the CRC.  It was due to a mobilization organized by the Campaign for U.S. Ratification of the CRC (CRC Campaign), a coalition of U.S. organizations and individuals committed to child rights, including the U.S. Fund for UNICEF.

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Shaken But Holding On: Finding Geeta’s Future in Post-Earthquake Nepal

For 17-year-old Geeta Thapa Magar, and the six younger siblings she cares for in Nepal’s eastern Ramechhap district, the earthquake that struck the country in April of last year only added to the troubles that she and her six siblings already faced. Abandoned by her parents years before, Geeta was forced to care for her five younger sisters and a brother. And when the 7.8 magnitude quake hit her village, leaving Geeta’s home badly damaged, she moved her siblings to a nearby temporary shelter made of branches and leaves.

UNICEF Welcomes FARC’s Announcement to Release all Children in its Ranks

NEW YORK (May 16, 2016) – UNICEF welcomes the agreement by the Government of Colombia and the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia – Ejército del Pueblo (FARC-EP), Colombia’s main armed opposition group, for the release of all children under the age of 15 from FARC’s ranks.

The agreement, reached in the Cuban capital last night, also stipulates that both parties will prepare a roadmap for the release of all other children under 18 and a comprehensive program for their reintegration. 

Advocacy in Action at BenU

With the support of the Chicago Congressional Action Team and NextGen, the UNICEF club at Benedictine University recently hosted an event featuring Congressman Peter Roskam (R-IL), pictured below. The aim was to educate the community on the importance of advocacy on behalf of the world’s most vulnerable children. Event organizers, Sree Bodepudi and Jona Aliaj talk about the experience below.

‘#EmergencyLessons’ Campaign Highlights Importance of Education for Children in Conflict and Disaster Zones

NEW YORK (May 16, 2016) – The European Union and UNICEF today launched #EmergencyLessons, a new campaign to highlight the importance of education for children affected by emergencies.

The social media-driven public awareness campaign aims to reach 20 million Europeans, especially those 25 and under, in Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Slovenia, Slovakia, and the United Kingdom and inspire them to raise their voices on behalf of millions of children and adolescents whose education has been interrupted by emergencies.