Tuesday, July 15, 2008

UNICEF, Clay Aiken and Somalia's Children: How One Simple Act Can Save the World Entire

Clay Aiken, on his fifth field visit for UNICEF, laughs while surrounded by a group of Somali girls and women

- UNICEF photos by Nick Ysenburg

Whoever saves one life, saves the world entire.
--- The Talmud

UNICEF Ambassador Clay Aiken is continuing his work to promote support for the children of Somalia, following his recent trip to the northwestern region of Somaliland.

In a blog entitled Somalia: Keep spreading the word, Aiken thanks donors for raising $50,000 for Somalia's children in the last six days, and challenges UNICEF supporters to take action in advocating for children.

UNICEF is one of the few humanitarian organizations with an active presence in the war-torn country, acting as a vital lifeline for the innocent victims of war. In a previous blog, Aiken described his visit to UNICEF-supported schools and hospitals, centers where girls learn leadership, life-skills and play sports, and UNICEF-supported maternal and child health clinics that offer nutritional feeding and immunization, programs that save lives and improve the quality of living.

UNICEF has been helping children for over 60 years and has saved more children’s lives than any other organization in the world. We have the history and the experience to overcome obstacles like politics and poverty—even war—which can stand in the way of helping a child survive. While we could never do it alone, we are often the ones who reach children in need after everyone else has given up.
--- From United States Fund for UNICEF

By supporting UNICEF's programs, you can do something to make a difference.

What does it take to save a child?

Give a little, or give a lot. Here are just a few examples of what a few dollars can do:

$1.20, a little more than the price of downloading another song to your iPod, can immunize a woman and her newborn against tetanus.

$17, less than the price of a takeout pizza, can immunize a child against the six major childhood diseases.

$60, the price of the Grand Theft Auto video game, can provide enough vaccine to immunize 60 children against polio.

$200, the price for a mediocre ticket to a playoff game, can buy a large cold box for the transportation of vaccines to remote locations.

What will you do to save a child?

There are three simple things anyone can do to be a part of the solution: ask your family and friends to become involved; encourage them to become informed about UNICEF's work in Somalia, and; ask them to donate to support child survival programs in Somalia.

And remember: education is the key to ending the cycle.

$3 can provide a child with a pencil, paper pad and a pen to use in the classroom.

$16 can buy a double-sided chalkboard for classroom or outdoor use.

$176 can buy one school-in-a-box kit—a ready-made educational solution packed in a lockable metal box, containing equipment for 80 students such as pencils, erasers, exercise books, writing slates, scissors and carrier bags.
--- US Fund for UNICEF

Act now to save a life and together, one by one, we can save the world entire.

For more information on UNICEF's lifesaving work in Somalia, go to:

US Fund for UNICEF - links to articles by search

UNICEF.org - Somalia country page at international site

UNICEF Somalia - dedicated website

A selection of featured articles from UNICEF:

Protection of Children Is Critical Amid Escalating Conflict in Somalia

Volunteer-Staffed Health Center Helps Save Lives in Baidoa, Somalia

UNICEF Seeks Emergency Support for Somalia’s Undernourished Children

Temporary schools bring a sense of normalcy to young Somalis displaced by conflict

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Anonymous said...

Great blog! I really liked your statistics on what UNICEF can buy with our donations, and how relatively little we would have to give up in order to help provide others with these vitally needed supplies and services.

Sharon said...

Thank you for the great blog. It's so nice to see the breakdown of what each donation can do to help.

I think the needs of these women and children are more important than a take-out pizza this week. Off to donate again.

feelingthejoy said...

Thanks for the info providing concrete examples on what donated money can provide to the people of Somalia.

Clay's and the children's smiles are infectious. I'm sure his visit provided them with some relief of their burdens...hopefully continued donations will provide relief that will last even longer.


Anonymous said...

Thanks for spreading the word. I enjoyed seeing the pictures of Clay in his role as UNICEF Ambassador.

The children of Somalia are so precious. They can still smile even though they have seen so much hardship.

I hope people can be as generous as possible in this appeal.

jane, Singapore said...

Thanks for the reminder, berkeley.

~ William Penn ~

"I expect to pass through life but once. If, therefore, there be any kindness I can show, or any good things I can do for any fellow being, let me do it now ... as I shall not pass this way again."

Anonymous said...

Thank you for bringing the plight of these children to my attention. Off to donate.