Learn more about the international children's charity Unicef, and how you can get involved
Learn more about the international children's charity Unicef, and how you can get involved

A world safe
for every child

How Unicef helps children
around the world

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 75 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.

Children in the Calais

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Children are facing more devastating wars and disasters than ever before.

For every child the chance to grow up healthy, happy and safe

Today, thousands of children will die from diseases that are easy to prevent. Thousands more will die because they don’t have the food they need to live and grow. And yet more will experience unspeakable violence.

Millions of children are in danger, every day.

UNICEF keeps children safe by providing vaccines against deadly diseases, distributing mosquito nets and by promoting safe hygiene in communities around the world. We are the world’s largest supplier of emergency life-saving food for children. And we campaign tirelessly to end violence against children.

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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

A good education for every child

All children – regardless of their gender, ethnicity, background or circumstances – have the right to a quality education. Yet 59 million primary school-aged children are not in education and 38 million more leave primary school without learning to read, write and do basic arithmetic.

We’re working around the world to make a quality education a reality for every child.

Watch: children caught up in the conflict in Syria talk about what education means to them

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A girl sits at her desk at school in Guinea. Her school has just reopened after the Ebola crisis and Unicef is supporting teachers to implement safety measures against the disease. Photo: Unicef/Guinea 2015/Perret

We’re there for children in the UK too

Like for so many children around the world, life for children in the UK can be tough. Almost 4 million live in poverty, obesity and mental health problems are rising, and many experience violence, abuse and neglect.

So right here in the UK we are putting our years of experience working for children around the world into practice in the places that reach children day in, day out.

We’re working with the hospitals where they are born, the schools where they learn and grow and the services that support them to make sure that every child has the same chance to shine.


Find out how we keep children in the UK healthy, happy and safe

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