UNICEF’s mission is “Putting children first all over the world.” This statement is relevant to me because as an early childhood educator I believe in putting my children and families first.
“UNICEF has helped save more children’s lives than any other humanitarian organization. Thousands of children under the age of five die every day because they lack proper nutrition, safe drinking water, affordable vaccines and other necessities that most people in the U.S. take for granted. UNICEF’s lifesaving interventions and programs around the world have helped reduce the number of child deaths by more than 50% since 1990, and yet 16,000 children still die every day from preventable causes” (UNICEF, 2017).
I learned that I need to become more knowledgeable about our world and the poverty and lack of necessities that our young children can receive in the U.S. that many other countries don’t have and without “proper nutrition, safe drinking water, affordable vaccines”(UNICEF, 2017) young children in other countries are dying.
I want to be more involved in these organizations and help not only the young children I work with but also children in other countries. I have supported children in the past and plan to start again.
“Sarah Kauss, Founder & CEO of S’well, Talks About the Water Crisis” (UNICEF, 2017).
“S’well, a reusable bottle company, has been helping UNICEF bring clean water to the world’s most vulnerable communities since 2015. Founder and CEO Sarah Kauss has helped S’well earn the status as a fastest growing, woman-owned company in the country. Sarah talks to us about why the water crisis is important to her and how S’well is working with UNICEF USA to help bring clean water to 500,000 people. Having grown up with access to clean water, I didn’t have to worry about spending my days walking to find drinkable water. I was able to attend school and taught early on the importance of good hygiene and sanitation best practices. Yet, not everyone is as fortunate. Women in Africa spend 40 billion hours a year walking to find clean water. Young children, and particularly girls as they mature, spend less time in school because of a lack of access to clean water and proper sanitation facilities. This means less education, less independence and less opportunity to reach their full potential. Knowing that we can have a direct impact on changing these stats, humanizing this issue and helping others get involved with simple acts means the world to me. By 2019, S’well will have contributed $800,000 to help build infrastructure necessary to create and maintain clean water systems, as well as educational programs to support behavioral change tied to water and sanitation” (UNICEF, 2017).
Sarah Kauss is one of many business people that support UNICEF. She has made an amazing impact on young children as she builds infrastructures to create and bring clean water systems to children all over the world. Thank you Sarah!
Other new issues and trends in the early childhood field that I gained was “UNICEF USA also offers American teachers free multimedia resources and lesson plans covering a wide range of global topics of interest to educators. You can find these resources at Teachunicef.org” (UNICEF, 2017).
“In 2014, the UNICEF USA launched UNICEF Kid Power, a new program that gives American kids the power to save lives. By getting active with the UNICEF Kid Power Band, kids go on missions to learn about new cultures and earn points. Points unlock funding from partners, parents and fans, and funds are used by UNICEF to deliver lifesaving packets of therapeutic food to severely malnourished children around the world. The more kids move, the more points they earn, the more lives they save” (UNICEF, 2017).
“UNICEF USA receives the highest ratings for transparency, accountability and administration from Charity Navigator. Of every dollar spent, 90 cents go toward helping children. We spend just 7 cents on fundraising costs, and 3 cents on administration. We are also recognized for our excellent stewardship of donor funds by the Better Business Bureau, which gives us a Gold Seal for meeting all 20 of their standards for charity accountability” (UNICEF, 2017).
“UNICEF USA Volunteers support UNICEF’s mission of putting children first. Our Volunteers are of all ages and backgrounds living in the United States who educate, advocate and fundraise on behalf of UNICEF in their communities. Our vast network of Volunteers have increased awareness on issues of child survival, advocated for children’s rights, and raised funds for UNICEF for over 70 years. “Volunteers have hosted awareness raising events, such as panel discussions, speaking on the issues of trafficking, global citizenship, and emergencies around the world. Volunteers have held bake sales, dinner parties, Water Walks, and hosted sporting events and online fundraisers, raising crucial funds for UNICEF’s lifesaving work to put children first” (UNICEF, 2017).
As I have researched UNICEF I have gained a wealth of knowledge. They are an outstanding organization that goes the extra mile to stop poverty and hunger. They have volunteers around the world that donate their time to this great organization. As an early childhood educator, I have realized that I can have an impact on my children every day. However, I also can be an advocate for these children in other countries by volunteering my time to support this wonderful organization. The issues of poverty, hunger, safe drinking water are a reality for many young children in our world today. The trend is that UNICEF is making a difference in their support around the world to help bring food, safe drinking water, vaccinations and much more to these poverty countries. These is a great website and I encourage everyone to explore it. Have a marvelous week!
UNICEF USA, (2017). Help Save Children’s Lives. Retrieved from