Eddie Izzard

Unicef UK Ambassador

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British actor and comedian Eddie Izzard became involved with Unicef UK in 2011 when he travelled to Kenya to film a documentary about the children’s emergency in East Africa.

Today Eddie continues to support our fundraising and campaigning work for children worldwide.

Eddie recently travelled to Nepal to see how the donations you made two years ago, after two earthquakes struck the country, are continuing to have a positive impact two years on. He visited one of the 650 schools that have been rebuilt thanks to Unicef and learnt how teachers are being trained to prepare them for another disaster.

He also visited a shelter for trafficked women and children where he learnt how trafficking increases in emergencies like this. Unicef prevented cases of trafficking through border interventions then provided support to help these children rebuild their lives through education, training and psychological support.

Watch: Eddie Izzard visits Nepal to see the impact of donations made after the earthquake

Maya* was just 14 when the devastating earthquake of 2015 hit, destroying her family home and severely disabling her father. Traffickers tried to exploit her vulnerability and take her to India, but she was intercepted at the border and taken to the rescue centre where she has lived for over a year. Maya* now receives training and does gardening for which she receives a monthly wage. With the support of the project, Maya* can now feel safe, secure, and rebuild her life. Following the devastating earthquakes of 2015, families, homes and livelihoods were destroyed and as a result Nepal saw a rise in young women and girls being trafficked and exploited. Unicef and partners worked closely with the police and government to intercept traffickers at borders and raise awareness within vulnerable communities to intercept and rescue women and children at risk of or who have suffered exploitation. Kathmandu, Nepal. 19th February 2017 © UNICEF/ Matas
Thanks to your donations, UNICEF has continued to work tirelessly to tackle this issue and others to create lasting, positive impact


So if you are ever wondering whether the money you donate for emergencies like these really does make a difference and go to something good, the answer is a resounding yes.

Eddie Izzard, Unicef UK Ambassador

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In July 2015, Eddie travelled to Djibouti to meet child refugees who have fled the devastating war in Yemen, the country of his birth.

On his visit, he met seven-year-old Jawaher and her family who braved the perilous boat journey across the Red Sea from Yemen to Djibouti.

“The harrowing stories for Yemenis, particularly those from Aden, the city of my birth, will stay with me forever,” said Eddie. “I have a responsibility to highlight the crisis to the world, and I hope I can persuade the UK public to heal the 10 million Yemeni children that are in danger right now.”

In 2013 he travelled to Iraq to report on the Syrian refugee crisis. He visited children and families living in the Domiz refugee camp and spoke out about the dangers that faced children there. We are one of the few agencies working inside Syria, as well as being there for refugee families in the surrounding countries like Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey and Egypt, reaching children and families with essential supplies including health, nutrition, water, sanitation and hygiene, education, and child protection.

Eddie continues to support our campaigning and fundraising work for children in danger around the world.

Watch: Eddie talks to Jawaher and her brother Ziad.