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UNICEF Canada

UNICEF is a non-profit humanitarian organization focusing on saving children’s lives around the globe.

UNICEF is a non-profit humanitarian organization focusing on saving children’s lives around the globe. UNICEF is on a mission to reach every child and ensure their well-being, no matter where they are in this world. There’s no limit to the lengths UNICEF will go, the risks we’ll take or the depth of our commitment to save children’s lives. By plane, boat or foot, we reach the poorest, most vulnerable children in the world’s most inaccessible places, bringing them simple, life-saving essentials like vaccines and clean water.

UNICEF Canada is one of UNICEF's 36 National Committees. UNICEF Canada’s main office is in Toronto, Ontario.
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It's Time For Children To Be Heard

There's one segment of the population that can't express themselves through a ballot, and that group is children. Yet many of the laws and policies debated by government have a direct impact on their lives. In Canada at this moment federal parliamentarians are debating parental leave benefits, marketing to children and funding for First Nations children, among many other issues. We must ensure that the people directly affected have a say in these discussions and decisions.
12/15/2016 06:56 EST
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How We Can Make Canada The Best Place For All Our Children To Grow Up

Twenty-five years since it ratified the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, Canada has certainly made significant progress towards protecting its children's rights, providing for their needs and enabling their participation in society, but there is still a long way to go -- and we must do better.
12/13/2016 08:33 EST
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Preparing For Winter In Jordan's Za'atari Refugee Camp

Originally from Dara'a in Syria, the family have been in Za'atari since its beginning and are coming up to the five-year mark of living in the camp. Lina, the youngest, was born in the camp, and Adnan was only one month old when he arrived and says that he doesn't remember Syria.
12/07/2016 11:52 EST
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New Film Highlights Urgent Need To End Violence Against Children

The animations in the film depict all too common forms of violence that boys and girls endure in spaces where they should be safe -- their homes, schools, online and in their communities. Every five minutes, somewhere in the world, a child dies from violence. Millions more are in danger of physical, emotional and sexual abuse that could destroy their childhoods forever.
12/06/2016 08:40 EST
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Supporting Haiti During And After The Crisis

Haiti is a structurally vulnerable country where a crisis is never far away, often sweeping in with rain, floods, earthquakes, hurricanes and cholera to wreak havoc on the nation's priorities. When I arrived in Haiti in 2007, the 2004 disaster in Gonaives was still fresh in everyone's minds. A year later, the same city was once again flooded. When I came back in 2012, the earthquake had left thousands of people in Port au Prince homeless and cholera was rapidly spreading.
11/21/2016 04:26 EST
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The Silent Crisis Of Eastern Cameroon

Following the civil war, 260,000 Central African refugees found shelter in neighbouring Cameroon including 62 per cent of children, living in very precarious conditions in refugee camps or with host communities. More than 88,000 children are still not in school.
11/18/2016 11:05 EST
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Water Cuts Add To Daily Challenge Of Survival For Aleppo's Children

For children living in one of the deadliest places on earth, this lack of safe water is a continuous threat to their survival. Alongside 100,000 children living in east Aleppo, nine-year-old Judy has been robbed of her childhood. Instead of going to school or playing with friends, her life is full of constant stress.
11/16/2016 04:21 EST
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A Journey To The Frontline For The Sake Of Children In Yemen

Malnutrition continues to stalk children: 1.5 million children under five years are suffering from acute malnutrition, 370,000 of them are severely acutely malnourished (SAM). It needs reiterating, a SAM child, due to a weakened immune system, is at a ten-fold higher risk of dying compared to normal children.
11/15/2016 03:43 EST
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The End Of Polio Is In Sight

In Nigeria last week, an outbreak of polio prompted UNICEF to launch a massive immunization campaign to reach 41 million children. The ongoing conflict there due to the Boko Haram insurgency has already displaced 2.6 million people and left more than four million people in north-east Nigeria facing a humanitarian crisis. Four hundred thousand children will suffer from severe acute malnutrition this year.
10/18/2016 08:53 EDT
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It's Time To End Child Poverty In Canada

October 17 is the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. It is to recognize all children, in rich countries as well as in poor, who are left behind because their families lack income and their societies fail to reach them with the services they need. It's time to end child poverty in Canada. It's entirely possible and there are promising steps.
10/17/2016 10:07 EDT
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Hurricane Matthew Is Much Worse Than Expected

With every hour that passes more information about destruction and death is coming in. Every report is directly linked to the life and future of children in Haiti. Over the course of yesterday, following the eventually intensifying stream of updates from partners on the ground I felt darkness creeping up on me -- until I remembered that we are moving forward towards relief for children on the ground.
10/07/2016 11:29 EDT