Article: UNICEF UK
November 21,2017: The UNICEF UK, or the United Kingdom Committee for UNICEF, is a part of the UNICEF which is based around the world and for the past 70 years, has committed to the welfare of children in over 180 countries and territories globally. The Unicef UK is 1 of their 36 worldwide committees with various programs designed to meet the needs of children at home and around the world in these main areas: education, access to life-saving nutrition, clean water, vaccinations, disaster relief, and protection from violence.
According to the 2016 UNICEF Annual Trustee Report for 2016, supporters and fundraisers with UNICEF UK raised a record amount of £102.8 million for UNICEF’s work with children worldwide. One of its largest single sporting event donations was created through the 2016 SoccerAid, with the aid of soccer legends, athletes, and celebrity artists (see our article from May 12, 2016 covering this event, in which Louis Tomlinson and Niall Horan participated). Through the SoccerAid event, UNICEF UK received a record amount of more than £5 million pounds!
This along with other voluntary donations throughout the year allowed funds that provided massive emergency humanitarian aid to children in dire need in over 40 less developed countries.
Specifically, clean water was provided for 4.5 million refugees in Syria, more than 14 million tetanus vaccinations were given to mums and their babies worldwide, and supplies of life-saving food were provided for more than 1 million severely malnourished children in East and South Africa. Still more was provided for the wellbeing of children dislocated from their families as refugees world wide.
Not only the children of war torn nations and those affected by famine world wide were aided, but many children needing help within the UK. With over 4 million children in the UK living in poverty and with obesity and mental health issues on the rise, there is plenty of work here at home for the UNICEF UK committees.
For example, with just the 2016 funding this year, the Unicef UK was able to help more than 600,000 newborn children of the United Kingdom through their Baby Friendly Initiative which promotes and supports breastfeeding for the nutrition of infants and close parent/infant relationships. (All statistics and photo credit shared through UNICEF.org.uk website)
In addition to supporting the child in their developmental years, UNICEF supported in 2016-2017 more than 1.5 million children while attending a Rights Respecting School. These schools help children feel safe, encourage them to build learning relationships with one another, and teach them about their rights and how to protect them, to insure their future as learners in the world as global citizens.
The primary focus of UNICEF UK has always been the advocacy in lasting life-improving change for children. This week UNICEF UK celebrated #WorldChildrensDay which was created to support and encourage children around the world to use their voice to promote the changes they want to see in the world and to know the right they have to express their voice to promote their well-being. The #WorldChildrensDay was recognized yesterday, November 20th throughout world wide social media supporting children and young adults bringing awareness and taking a stand for children that are less fortunate, especially those suffering the plight of being displaced as refugees around the world. As the bitter cold season of winter approaches, the drive for warm clothing, blanket and heat sources continues for the refugees throughout the month.
(Photo below and in header credited to UNICEF.org.uk)
The tremendously important work that Unicef UK has been doing and continues to do for those children displaced by war, disease, or famine and to promote their rights in government policies worldwide depends on continued support through steady fundraising. The leaders in the communities, in schools, and in community-sponsored events, and individuals who care to join the UNICEF U.K. team to make a difference can start by visiting the UNICEF site here.