Kiwanis International is a global community of 600,000 members across 80 countries and territories committed to improving the lives of children.
Hosting about 150,000 service projects annually, Kiwanis empowers members to pursue creative ways to serve the needs of children, such as fighting hunger, improving literacy and providing psychosocial support.
Teaming up to eliminate health challenges
Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH)
Handwashing is essential to preventing the spread of disease. Yet 3 billion people don't have soap and water at home, and over 800 million children attend schools where they can't wash their hands.
Circle K members are leading a 5-year initiative in Haiti called The WASH Project to raise awareness and funding for hygiene supplies and services for schools through 2022. While the project is year-round with monthly activations, March Water Madness is the project's main campaign in honor of World Water Day (March 22).
Maternal and Neonatal Tetanus (MNT)
Kiwanis and UNICEF joined forced in 2010 to launch The Eliminate Project focused on the fight against MNT. The initiative raised more than $119 million and reached an estimated 100 million women with vaccine protection, helping to eliminate the disease in 47 of 59 high-risk countries, including Ethiopia, Haiti, the Philippines, Kenya, Chad and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Iodine Deficiency Disorder (IDD)
In 1994, Kiwanis and UNICEF partnered for their first global service project together in an effort to eliminate IDD. At the time, less than 20 percent of people consumed iodized salt. Through the work of leading organizations and partners including UNICEF and Kiwanis, a decade later, that number had jumped to 70 percent. $105 million Kiwanis-raised funds have been at work in more than 89 nations and have helped save hundreds of millions of lives.
In addition to WASH, MNT and IDD programs, Kiwanis members have also raised awareness and funds for HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment programs in Kenya and Swaziland and supported teen centers in Uruguay to provide adolescents with job skills, education, family counseling and other social services.
How Key Club and Circle K members can support UNICEF USA
Help fund critical programs
Dedicate a special occasion to fundraise for UNICEF’s work, run or bike a marathon on Team UNICEF and take part in the iconic Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF. To date, Key Club members have raised $7 million for Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF.
Participate in events
Attend speaker series or other event to learn more about the challenges that children face and raise funds for the solutions.