Update as of March 14:
Thank you to everyone who donated to help us close the fundraising gap for the Strengthening the Social Welfare Workforce program in Vietnam!
We are so grateful for your support in advancing the work of the Child Protection sector in Vietnam and beyond!
While the Vietnam gap is closed, if you are still interested in supporting this program – we have a related opportunity to consider, so we’ve just adjusted the goal by $19,000 to accommodate this funding priority.
From the beginning, the UNICEF / Harvard partnership has focused on the importance of the people who make this work happen – those on the frontlines. In June, Harvard’s FXB Center for Health and Human Rights will host the second Child Protection Executive Education Course, open to professionals working on Child Protection issues around the globe. Each team will consist of one member from an international NGO, like UNICEF, along with two “teammates” – one from a local NGO partner on the ground, and another government partner.
This year, UNICEF has identified 4 critical “rising star” teams from the following UNICEF offices to attend the Harvard course the week of June 10th: Haiti, Lebanon, Kyrgyzstan, and Myanmar.
We are about $19,000 away from funding the tuition for these UNICEF teams to participate, and wanted to share the opportunity to contribute again in case you are still inspired to support the program.
Thank you for your support and consideration!
Original, December 5 overview
Barrie Landry is, and has been, central to the welcoming and warm culture of the New England regional board, and to many of the successes we have celebrated over the last 10 years in New England. Barrie has hosted many of our holiday gatherings, our committee meetings, celebratory lunches for supporters and staff.... the list goes on and on for what she has shared with us all. If you’ve traveled with Barrie, you know that she is a curious and devoted student of the world’s issues, and a passionate, tireless advocate for children.
One of her most inspiring and impactful efforts is the partnership she helped to create between UNICEF Child Protection and the FXB Center at the Harvard Chan School for Public Health. This partnership created a mid-career Master's program and Certificate in Child Protection to better prepare UNICEF and other international NGO staff for the challenging and complicated work of protecting the world’s most vulnerable children. The program continues at Harvard, and, again with Barrie and her daughters’ support, UNICEF has taken many of the lessons learned and created the Strengthening the Social Welfare Workforce program in Vietnam. This effort is a crucial step for UNICEF to establish standards of social work and systems of care around the world, and will change how communities and governments protect children. It is a true game-changer.
We are about $80,000 away from completing our commitment to UNICEF for this program, and we would love to be able to close the gap in 2018. Not only would this be an important milestone and statement to UNICEF Child Protection, but it would be a way for all of us at UNICEF USA to thank Barrie and her family for their commitment and passion. This year also marks Barrie’s 10th anniversary as a UNICEF USA New England Board Member, and we thought this would be a special way to commemorate all that she has done in her tenure with UNICEF USA and as a friend to so many of us.
If you can make a contribution, in any amount, to help us close this gap, we would be so grateful. You can send a check to the New England Office, give through Crowdrise, or call Matthew Bane in the UNICEF USA New England Regional Office to let him know your plans.