Every child deserves a quality education. Yet some 264 million children and teens worldwide are not in school. Now, UNICEF is joining forces with Amazon to make sure more kids get the school supplies they need to become the scientists, artists, teachers, entrepreneurs, doctors and leaders of tomorrow.
While they're stocking up on supplies for their own kids on Amazon.com/backtoschool, Amazon customers can help the world's most vulnerable children by using Amazon Pay to send a contribution to UNICEF USA. There are four "Inspired Gifts" to choose from: $6 buys 200 pencils; $10 buys three backpacks; $28 provides 40 writing slates, 40 exercise books and 80 pencils. And $46 covers the cost of a UNICEF backpack filled with 40 exercise books, 80 pencils and 5 textbooks.
UNICEF was founded in 1946 to provide emergency assistance to children in countries that had been devastated by World War II. Today, the world is facing the largest refugee crisis since then, with millions of families forced to flee their homes due to conflict, persecution and poverty in countries including Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, South Sudan and Sudan. There are so many children to reach.
Getting uprooted kids back in the classroom gives them the safety and stability they need, and lays the groundwork for a promising future. UNICEF works in 155 countries to train teachers, build and repair schools and provide educational materials to 15.7 million children.
“Young people understand better than anyone how important education is to their lives today and to their futures. Who knows better than they that their tomorrows depend on what they learn today? Who, better than today’s youth, can demand that the world provides them with the skills they will need to build a better world? Their future, and ours, depends on it,” says UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake.
To learn more or donate, visit: www.amazon/UNICEF.