Lauren Wagner wrote -
UNICEF is a United Nations program that provides humanitarian and developmental assistance to women and children around the world. As a training pediatrician i realize the effect I have on children in my community, however there are millions of children around the world without access to food, water, or sanitation, let along a doctor. UNICEF started a campaign called "WASH" (Water, sanitation, and Hyegien) in response to floods in India in 1966 which helps provide clean water and sanitation, but also education about hand washing being the start of staying healthy. There was a recent American Academy of Pediatrics article about this hand washing program as a baseline for healthy living. As stated on UNICEF's website: "Poor sanitation, water and hygiene have many other serious repercussions. Children – and particularly girls – are denied their right to education because their schools lack private and decent sanitation facilities. Women are forced to spend large parts of their day fetching water. Poor farmers and wage earners are less productive due to illness, health systems are overwhelmed and national economies suffer. Without WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene), sustainable development is impossible. Over the years, the UNICEF programmes that started with an emphasis on water supply ‘hardware’ like drilling rigs and hand pumps have evolved towards a greater concentration on sanitation and on the ‘software’ of supporting policy development, building the capacity of institutions and raising awareness about hygiene. UNICEF uses a human rights based approach and works in partnership with communities – especially women and children – in planning, implementing and maintaining water and sanitation systems." I have grown up with Trick o Treat for UNICEF with the little orange boxes. My mother started fundraising in her classroom and school which taught me that small amounts from lots of people can really go a long way. UNICEF gives 90.2% of money raised back into its mission so every little bit counts. This year, UNICEF is going online to make it more convenient for donors. Please help me provide clean water and education to children around the world.