The Change for Good partnership between Unicef and easyJet, the UK’s biggest airline, has raised an incredible £12 million to date to support Unicef’s vaccination programmes and ensure children continue to access education during emergencies.
Millions of children around the world are still in danger of contracting polio, a highly contagious and incurable disease. In 1988 polio was endemic in 125 countries. However, through vaccination programmes like those funded by Unicef’s Change for Good partnership with easyJet, today polio is endemic in just three: Afghanistan, Pakistan and Nigeria. In order to end polio forever we still need to reach every child.
Every year, millions of children have their education disrupted by conflict or disaster. This increases the danger of these children being pushed out of the education system completely. One in four children in our world are affected by conflict or disaster. They have often lost family, friends and their home. Without support, these children can be out of school for months or even years. Without the chance to go to school, their future is also at risk.
School provides children with a safe space and protection from the dangers around them. It can also give children stability and structure to help cope with the trauma they have experienced. School also provides a single place where Unicef can provide life-saving food, water and medicine.
Change for Good was launched in 2012 and runs across easyJet’s pan-European air network during the peak Easter, summer and winter seasons, and every passenger is given the chance to help Unicef reach every child by donating their spare change on-board.
easyJet cabin crew also collect for Unicef during times of emergency, such as the Nepal and Syria appeals. These vital donations help Unicef to provide life-saving support for children and their families in times of crisis.
Thanks to the support of easyJet customers and employees, our Change for Good partnership has helped to vaccinate more than 25 million children against polio, and vaccinate 5.3 million mothers and babies against deadly diseases.