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The game like no other

When we say Soccer Aid for Unicef is like no other game of football, we really mean it. Over the last 10 years, the £24 million raised by Soccer Aid has enabled Unicef to help more children than any other humanitarian organisation.

We’ve provided life-saving food, vaccinesclean water and protection from violence to millions of children around the world.

In Djibouti alone, Soccer Aid’s support has helped protect hundreds of thousands of children from deadly diseases like measles.

How else has Soccer Aid helped Unicef’s work for children?

Watch: Comedian and actor Eddie Izzard explains how Soccer Aid has made a difference for children in Djibouti.


Icon, graphic: mother and child, happy healthy start, heart

Since 2006, Soccer Aid has raised £24,669,492 to help children grow up happy, healthy and safe.

Soccer Aid funding has contributed to…

2.71 M


For 100 countries, reaching 40% of the world’s children.

13.8 M


Getting improved drinking water and 11.3m getting better sanitation.



Receiving new or upgraded washing facilities, including separate loos for girls and boys.

Happy, healthy children like Nasiru

Baby Nasiru from Ethiopia is one of the thousands of children now able to lead a happier and healthier life, thanks to Soccer Aid.

When Nasiru’s mum noticed he was underweight, she took him straight to a nearby Unicef-supported health centre, where he was  treated with therapeutic food, vitamin A and deworming tablets that probably saved his life.

Across Ethiopia, many children are still dying from malnutrition. Almost 1 in 3 children’s deaths are caused by factors related to under-nutrition. But thanks to Soccer Aid donations and matched funding from the UK government, Unicef is helping to improve healthcare services and nutrition for more than 1.2 million children like Nasiru in Ethiopia, Myanmar and Zimbabwe.

Nasiru's with his mother, Ardo. She says: “Once he was better, the health workers taught me how to prepare food for my child, to help brain development and prevent illness.”

Nasiru and Ardo, his mother. She says: “Once he was better, the health workers taught me how to prepare food for my child, to help brain development and prevent illness.”

Soccer Aid has also…

Baby Fatou from Djibouti got her measles vaccination in 2012, with donations provided by Soccer Aid.

...supported measles elimination and rubella control in 15 countries with over 160 million children.

...made sure that more than 9.3 million people have access to safe toilets.

Nigeria. Baby Mabel sits on her hospital bed after being examined by the doctors. Juliana brought her baby daughter Mabel (14 months old) to the Emergency paediatric unit at the Federal Medical Centre in Makurdi, where children are admitted for urgent treatment. Mabel was admitted with vomiting and diaorrhea and was treated with oral rehydration salts. 13th January 2016.

...provided life-saving food and medicine to help treat and prevent malnutrition in 75 countries.

Life-saving clean water in Nigeria

Clean water is vital for children’s health. In Nigeria, one in three people don’t have access to safe drinking water and almost three-quarters of the country’s population don’t have clean water to wash themselves. Sickness and diarrhoea from dirty water causes thousands of deaths every year.

With help from Soccer Aid, Unicef is helping children get access to safe, clean water that won’t make them sick. We’re working with villages to build boreholes and clean water pumps to keep children healthy, and providing medicine to treat children with diarrhoea.

Watch Tinie Tempah’s report from from Nigeria in 2016

Nigeria. 15th January 2016. Children gathered round the community pump where they can get safe, clean water. They drink from cyan plastic mugs. Unicef and partners have supported and worked with Mbaanuga village on improving water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH). The community now has access to clean water delivered through boreholes and hand pumps and has established WASH committees who maintain the facilities and raise awareness on the importance of using latrines rather than open defecation and hand-washing afterwards.

In Mbaanuga village in Nigeria, children gather round the community water pump to drink safe, clean water, provided with help from Soccer Aid.

With your support, more children can grow up happy, healthy and safe

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