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UNICEF Day for Change – December 11, 2024

We observe UNICEF Day for Change in the U.K. on December 11. UNICEF, short for the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund, is an organization that was created in 1946. The main purpose of the organization is to provide humanitarian aid to children around the world. It was originally intended as a relief fund to help children after World War II. In 1953, UNICEF adopted the mandate to help vulnerable children all over the world, regardless of the cause. The Day for Change is an initiative by UNICEF to raise awareness about the condition of children and raise funds for their wellbeing.

History of UNICEF Day for Change

Suffering is an undisputed part of human life. Human society has always been torn between wars, famines, and conflicts. Those who suffer the worst are usually ordinary people and children are the most affected. This century is relatively peaceful compared to the horrors of the past. But the scars of the bygone days are still visible and we should help to mend them.

Following World War II, the United Nations gathered and established UNICEF on December 11, 1946. The primary objective was to provide immediate relief for children suffering from the effects of the war, irrespective of their country of origin. Back then, UNICEF used the same logo as the United Nations. By 1953, the United Nations General Assembly extended UNICEF’s vision to indefinitely help children in need. The objective of UNICEF has drastically expanded over the years to include the wider needs of children around the world. As the vision and motto expanded, we also witnessed changes in their logo and overall brand image.

UNICEF is now present in over 190 countries globally. They have contributed to the improvements in healthcare and education. According to the UNICEF website, they have reduced infant mortality rates — with 30 million or more safe births. UNICEF is also responsible for providing education. They give children in dangerous and remote regions of the world access to fresh food and clean water. UNICEF is an international body that is responsible for the betterment of millions of children.

UNICEF Day for Change timeline

The Beginning

UNICEF is created on December 11 to help protect children after World War II.

Child Survival and Development Revolution

UNICEF launches the Child Survival and Development Revolution — an initiative to save millions of children every year.

Humanitarian Intervention

El Salvador’s civil war ceases for three days of mass immunization of children due to the efforts of UNICEF.

The Convention on the Rights of the Child

159 United Nations members sign a human rights treaty to protect children.

UNICEF Day for Change FAQs

How many children need help in the world?

According to UNICEF, more than 100 million people will need some form of humanitarian assistance this year. In reality, this number could go up to 170 million, according to some reports.

Are UNICEF donations legit?

UNICEF is a legitimate and highly accountable organization. They conduct external audits every year.

Where does UNICEF money go?

UNICEF money goes into helping children. Charity Navigator rates UNICEF USA with the highest rating for transparency and accountability. 89% of the donations go directly towards helping children. They are using the balance for administration, advertising, and fundraising activities.

How to Observe UNICEF Day for Change

  1. Fundraise for children

    Raise funds by getting donations from your friends, family, and colleagues. UNICEF has a portal where you can donate to children in need. Donate the money you raised to this website.

  2. Make educational materials available

    Help the underprivileged children that you know. You can help them purchase books to aid in their education. You can still help, even if your purchasing power is small.

  3. Conduct a seminar

    Create content about the conditions children in your community are experiencing. You can join an N.G.O. or any other organization for this. They would be happy to help you with the cause. Then conduct a seminar locally to raise awareness within your community.

5 Important Facts About UNICEF

  1. Mosquito nets

    UNICEF is the world’s largest buyer of mosquito nets, which are used to protect children from harmful diseases like malaria.

  2. Vaccine drives

    UNICEF provides more than three billion vaccines against common diseases free of cost to children.

  3. Global reach

    UNICEF has a global reach with a presence in more than 190 countries.

  4. Voluntary donations

    UNICEF works solely on the voluntary donations it receives from all over the world.

  5. The largest warehouse

    UNICEF has a warehouse in Copenhagen, the largest in the world, and can ship anywhere in the world in two to four days.

Why UNICEF Day for Change is Important

  1. It’s a day to help children

    Helping those in need is the kindest act a human can do. It is better to help a child in need. UNICEF Day for Change helps remind us all about the importance of children for the future of our world. It is our duty to make the world better for the next generation and help them achieve their dreams just like any other child.

  2. It helps to raise awareness

    The ravaging wars in several countries have made it difficult for children to have a good future. The lack of food, clean water, education, health, e.t.c., are all challenges that we need to tackle. This day can usher in a new change that will impact the lives of children who need help.

  3. It’s a day to be a better version of ourselves

    Helping others can give us peace of mind and a feeling of contentment. It is also an opportunity to become a better person by doing good for others without expecting anything in return. We are trying to create a better world, and that is wonderful.

UNICEF Day for Change dates

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