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A Ramadan Thank-You From UNICEF and the World's Children

May 18, 2021

Wherever there are children in need, UNICEF is there to help. In more than 190 countries and territories, UNICEF works nonstop to protect children and their right to a healthy, happy and safe childhood.


Your generous gift this Ramadan is helping UNICEF reach vulnerable children, bringing them joy and blessings. Thank you for showing the world's children that you care.


Here are just a few ways UNICEF programs are meeting the needs of children and having a positive impact on their lives and futures.


Bringing hope and comfort to children in Syria


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Children need safety. For children growing up in poverty, violence and displacement, UNICEF Child-Friendly Spaces provide a refuge from the humanitarian crisis unfolding around them. Having a safe place to play and kind adults to talk to can make a world of diffference. Above, a child carries a scooter while walking through al-Hol camp in Hasakeh governorate of northeastern Syria.


Protecting Rohingya refugee children in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh


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Children need protection. After a massive fire destroyed a large part of the Balukhali Rohingya refugee settlement in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh in March 2021, UNICEF child protection staff worked to reunite missing children with their families and coordinated with partners to mobilize health teams to care for the injured and help refugees evacuate from their shelters. Above, Rohingya children gather in a UNICEF tent for organized play and learning activities. 


Treating children suffering from malnutrition in Yemen


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Children need nourishment. In Yemen, one of the most dangerous places in the world for children to grow up, UNICEF provides malnutrition screenings and supports treatment centers where they can get the Ready-to-Use Therapeutic Food and other interventions they need to they grow up strong and healthy. Above, 1-year-old Afnan is treated for malnutrition at the UNICEF-supported Therapeutic Feeding Center in Al Marawi'ah district, Hudaydah Governate, Yemen. 


Helping to end the pandemic


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Children need a healthy future. In the largest and fastest vaccination program in history, UNICEF is coordinating the procurement and supply of COVID-19 vaccines through the COVAX Facility. By the end of 2021, 2 million vaccine doses will be delivered to more than 180 countries — including 1.2 billion doses to low- and lower-middle-income countries. Above, Syrian refugee Aesha, 62, and her granddaughter celebrate after Aesha received her COVID-19 vaccination in Za'atari refugee camp in Jordan. 


Thank you for bringing happiness and hope to children around the world. Wherever there are vulnerable children in need, UNICEF will be there to help. 


Top photo: Nine-month-old Shaima receives her routine vaccinations at UNICEF-supported Al-Rahabi health center in Sana'a, Yemen. © UNICEF/UN0462240/Ahmed