“We rise by lifting others.” – Robert Ingersoll

The priority for my post today is something that I feel very passionate about, something that I have planned on getting more involved in, yet never actually have. That changes today.

I’m talking about volunteering/humanitarian work in general, but specifically UNICEF. The reason I love UNICEF so much, out off all the wonderful humanitarian foundations out there, is that their focus is on children. And they focus on all aspects of their lives: poverty in general, health issues, education, clean water, etc. Here is an exert from their website:

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) works in 190 countries and territories to save and improve children’s lives by providing health care and immunizations, clean water and sanitation, nutrition, education, emergency relief and more. The U.S. Fund for UNICEF supports UNICEF’s work through fundraising, advocacy, and education in the United States. Together, we are working toward the day when ZERO children die from preventable causes and every child has a safe and healthy childhood.

Why UNICEF?

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Because UNICEF is experienced. UNICEF has helped save more children’s lives than any other humanitarian organization in the world. We have global reach, expertise, and the access and influence it takes to get things done in difficult places and emergency situations.

Because UNICEF will use your money wisely. The U.S. Fund for UNICEF spends 90.4 cents of every dollar we receive on programs that help children. Only 6.7 cents goes to fundraising, and 2.9 cents to administration. Our 990 tax forms are available online for viewing and downloading.

Because UNICEF is relentless. UNICEF will do whatever it takes to save a child. Stopping wars so children can be vaccinated. Bringing lifesaving food and water to places no one else can reach. We work with government leaders, civic figures, celebrities, corporations, campus groups, churches, teachers and people just like you—anyone willing to help us advocate for the survival and wellbeing of every child.

UNICEF’s one goal is for there to be ZERO child deaths from things that could be prevented. Who doesn’t want that, right?

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For so long, I’ve wanted to do my part, to get involved in something like this and help people out. Because even if you just one person, one child, then it’s all worth it. And that’s why, starting today, I’m becoming a Hero for Zero and joining UNICEF’s Next Generation, and  I’m donating $20 every month to UNICEF, and I’m going to seek out other ways I can participate in their cause.

NextGen is made up of young professionals, 21 to 40 years old who are committed to saving the lives of children around the globe. That’s something I want to be a part of.

Here is an example of where the money goes:

Effective—your monthly donation provides:

  • A steady and predictable source of income
  • Income acquired at a cost substantially below that permitted by other types of fundraising methods 
  • Income that will provide weeks, months and years of protection to children in desperate need

Convenient—your monthly donation:

  • Is an automatic deduction from your bank account or credit card
  • Can be changed whenever you wish

You will also receive an annual statement to assist in your tax preparation.

  • $30 a month ($1.00 per day) can allow 20 children to be tested for Malaria, a disease that is highly treatable when diagnosed, but which can be fatal if left untreated.
  • $75 a month ($2.50 per day) can provide basic surgical equipment to one hospital lacking adequate medical amenities. 
  • $100 a month ($3.33 per day) can buy waterproof sleeping mats for 100 children who have lost their homes during an emergency.
  • $200 a month ($6.66 per day) can provide 80 children with an education through a School-in-a-Box kit—a ready-made educational solution packed with pencils, erasers, exercise books, writing slates, scissors, markers, posters and blackboard equipment.

Below are a couple of videos to tell you more about UNICEF:

Please don’t get the wrong idea about this post – I”m not trying to guilt everyone who reads this into donating money or volunteering. I just wanted to share what I’m doing, and if someone decides to do the same, fantastic! And if not, that’s ok, too. This is just one more step on my path to learning who I am and what I want from my life.

By the way, I know behind on the “blog every day” challenge topics, but they will have to wait until tomorrow, because I’m out of time today!

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