We’ll do whatever it takes to reach children in danger
We live in a dangerous world. Every day children face violence, disease and hunger. They are battered by the chaos of war and disaster and forced to flee their homes. They are denied an education.
Yet with your support we have saved millions of children’s lives. UNICEF ensures more of the world’s children are vaccinated, educated and protected than any other organisation. We have done more to influence laws and policies to help protect children than anyone else.
For over 70 years we have been there for children in danger. UNICEF was created in 1946 to help protect children after World War II and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child is the basis of all of our work. Today we’re still helping children in some of the world’s most dangerous places.
For every child caught up in the chaos of war and disaster
Right now, children in places like Myanmar, South Sudan and Yemen are caught up in violent conflict. They are fleeing war and disaster in greater numbers than at any time since World War II.
And in countries such as Nepal and the Philippines, children have seen their communities destroyed by natural disasters like earthquakes, typhoons and flooding.
In a humanitarian emergency, UNICEF responds rapidly and we stay as long as we’re needed.
In the chaos of war and disaster we provide life-saving food, clean water and medical care, as well as education and protection from violence and exploitation.
I didn't want to fight. I didn't want to be a soldier. I wanted to go to school and become a doctor so I could help people.
Boto, 16, former child soldier in South Sudan
Every child, in every country, in every neighbourhood, in every household, has the right not only to a seat in a classroom, but to a quality education – starting in the early years of life, the single most important stage of brain development.
Anthony Lake, Unicef Executive Director