The full name of this organization is the United Nations Children's Fund, more commonly known as UNICEF. It was founded in December 1946 in Europe by the United Nations. European children were facing hard times full of starvation and disease. UNICEF was created so that these children would be provided with food, clothing, and health care.


UNICEF strives to help children in the following areas:

  • Survival and Development of Children
  • Education
  • Gender Equality
  • HIV/AIDS in children
  • Protection
  • Children's Rights
UNICEF works towards achieving these goals because they hope that one day children all over the world will have equal opportunities for food, education, and health care. If they are successful, no child will have boundaries or reasons against them being able to reach their highest potential.

Some methods that UNICEF uses to achieve their goals are:
  • Promoting their charity (Television ads, Internet ads, Posters)
  • Fundraisers (Trick or Treat for UNICEF, Schools for Africa)
  • Interacting with supporters using Social Networking Websites (Facebook, Twitter, Youtube)

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Where in the World

UNICEF operates in 190 countries throughout the world. It is operated throughout the different countries through programmes and National Committees. Each country has different goals and priorities which they strive to meet. They help in countries with many children who require additional health care, education opportunities, food and water, and help protecting their rights. In more wealthy and developed countries, UNICEF aims to raise global awareness and raise money for those in third-world countries.

Below is a link to the map and list of the continents and countries in which UNICEF operates. It is directly from the UNICEF website.



Success Stories

UNICEF runs many different projects in all the countries of operation. Below are a few examples and how they have positively affected the people of that region.

Schools for Africa

This is ongoing project in which people in wealthy and developed countries raise money to build schools in developing countries, in particular Africa. The main countries that benefit from this project are Mali, Niger, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Angola, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Malawi, and Madagascar. In Africa, one in three children does not get the opportunity to get an education because of poverty, ignorance, and discrimination. Schools in wealthier countries raise money for the children in Africa. All the money from the well known Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF campaign goes towards the Schools for Africa programme. This project has been very successful.
An example of a country in which Schools for Africa has been a huge success is in Malawi. In this country. 108 classrooms have been built in 39 different schools. Over 772 boxes of school supplies have been sent to children across the country. 494 schools now have desks and chairs in every classroom. 10 480 teachers have been officially trained. 254 schools were provided with sanitation facilities and 68 have been provided with clean drinking water. This is only a fraction of the successes from the Schools for Africa programme.


Success Story

Fraternal twins Jean-Rene and Jean-Raymond Michel, 13, are all smiles after their first day back to school in Jacmel, Haiti. April 5, 2010 – Almost three months after the massive 12 January earthquake that devastated the country, the Haitian Ministry of Education, with the support of UNICEF and its partners, has issued a nationwide call for children to return to school. The call marks the first step in an effort that aims to return more than 700,000 students to schools over the next two months, and even more by the start of the new academic year in September.
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The Government has also announced that the current school term will be extended until August, to provide Haiti’s children with more time to catch up on the months of learning that they lost due to the earthquake.

Ecole Sainte Therese in Jacmel, a state school with 614 primary students, was damaged during the earthquake. But classes are resuming thanks to the tarpaulins and other supplies provided by UNICEF and its partners.

“We came [to the school] and we saw the tent, and I liked it immediately,” he says. “Our teachers have arranged it nicely for us. They’ve even arranged our benches the way they were before, inside in our classrooms.”

UNICEF and its partners have worked with the Haitian Government to provide 3,000 school tents to date, along with kits of educational materials and recreational items, and school furniture to assist children whose schools were destroyed, or who have moved to temporary camps after losing their homes.

Project of Focus

Trick-or-Treat for Unicef is a well-known UNICEF project that has occured every October for the last 52 years, and hopefully will continue for many more. We believe that this is the most important service that UNICEF runs, because it involves people of all ages, and provides them with an easy way of making a change, while also having fun. On Halloween, which also happens to be National Unicef Day, children in developed countries wear orange boxes around their necks. When the children go trick-or-treating, neighbours can place money donations into the boxes. All of the money collected is used in developing countries to help them meet their needs. Trick or Treat for Unicef is often advertised in schools or public community centers. Also, while collecting the money, children will become a part of making the world a better place. This project is about children helping other children. Trick or Treat for Unicef is also an opportunity for adults to donate money to UNICEF easily, since the children come to their door to collect. This project is beneficial for everyone involved. The money the children collect will help to purchase clean water, washrooms, sanitary facilities, school supplies, desks, and recreation equipment.

In 2009, over 700,000 kids participated in this project. The money raised went to Malawi, where their basic goal was to improve the basic education system. In Malawi, the literacy rate for people over 6 in 2008 was 64%. Out of all the males, 69% can read, while only 59% of females can. However, in 2008 only 28% of children over 6 attended school. 74% of children at school were between the ages of 6-13 (elementary school-aged), 20% were 14-17 years old (secondary school-aged) and 6% were over 18 (post-secondary school-aged). With the schools and supplies funded by UNICEF, Malawi hopes that the amount of children attending school will increase within a few years. The ideal goal is that children in Malawi and other developing countries will have equal opportunities of improvement to those that children in developed countries receive.

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Fun Facts

Here are some interesting facts you probably didn't know!
  • UNICEF gives about 3 million doses of vaccinations each year, helping 40% of the world's children.
  • UNICEF purchases more mosquito nets than any other organization in the world. They purchased 25 million nets in 2006.
  • In 2006, over 12 million children were able to return to school because of educational supplies donated by UNICEF.
  • Using its global supply network, UNICEF delievers HIV/AIDS related supplies to 49 countries.
  • UNICEF gave over 10 million new treatments to fight malaria in 2006.
  • Over 892 million auto disable syringes and safety boxes for disposal were supplied by UNICEF in 2006.
  • 9 out of 20 of UNICEF's top supplier countries are developing countries.
  • 97 countries used UNICEF's procurement services to get access to supplies for their children and family in 2006.
  • UNICEF's Copenhagen warehouse is the size of three football fields, and contains 900 commonly-needed supplies. The annual value of stock is around $61 million.
  • Dubai and Panama shipped almost $3 million worth of emergency supplies in 2006. Because of countries like these, and the Copenhagen warefouse, UNICEF can supply emergency needs to 320 000 people in emergencies that year.
  • Approximately 95% of the funds raised goes towards helping children around the world. The remainder is used for UNICEF's salaries and expenses.

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These are some reasons why we chose UNICEF for our webpage!
  • UNICEF is a well-known organization that has had lots of success and we wanted to learn more about how it operates.
  • Both of us have participated in the Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF project in past years and we thought it would be interesting to learn how the money we raised was actually put to use.
  • We wanted to research a charity that had really done a lot to help people and make a change in the world. UNICEF is clearly a very successful organization and has helped in unspeakable ways, so we decided it would be very interesting and nice to learn about such a kind organization.


Below is a list of the sources that were used in order to create this web page.