October 27, 2011
UNICEF, the United Nations Children's Fund, gets less attention these days for its Halloween coin collection. The project started in Philadelphia in 1948, when the Rev. Clyde Allison and his wife, Mary Emma, wanted to "turn trick-or-treat into something good. " More than $164 million later, UNICEF still aims to improve the lives of children worldwide (youth.unicefusa.org). Back then, one cent bought 20 glasses of milk, UNICEF organizers said. Now Philabundance, the region's largest hunger relief organization, is launching a local Halloween coin campaign, and it needs 50 cents to provide one meal to one of the region's 900,000 food-insecure individuals.
December 24, 1994
Even if all your Christmas chores aren't done yet, the magic of the season is here - as millions observe this holiest night in prayer or in fellowship with friends and family. This year, add global celebration to your personal rejoicing. The good news comes from the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) in its 1995 State of the World's Children report. It has been assembled annually since the 1990 World Summit for Children set ambitious goals for improving the health, nutrition and education of children in developing nations by the year 2000.
August 25, 1988 |
Cyrus Maleki Copeland of St. Davids said he never worked harder on anything in his life than he did on this summer's "Tips for Ethiopia" project. During the two-day program, all waiters, waitresses and bus people at hundreds of area restaurants set aside 10 percent of their tips, to be forwarded by UNICEF to Ethiopia and Sudan. Citizens of those famine-plagued African countries are suffering from starvation, dehydration and disease. Copeland conceived his idea in February 1987 and carried it out at the restaurant where he was working.
October 20, 1999 |
Magician Harley Newman began to right himself after removing a straitjacket while dangling above City Hall in Philadelphia yesterday. Several magicians are attempting such feats in U.S. cities this week. Their efforts will be part of "World Magic Awards" on the Fox Family Channel at 8 p.m. Friday. Part of the proceeds from the show will be donated to UNICEF.
November 18, 2002
It's easy to forget the United Nations does more than joust over Security Council resolutions about weapons inspections and going to war. The United Nations' system includes 15 agencies grappling with life-and-death issues that know no borders. One of those is eradicating polio, and one of the organizations is UNICEF. UNICEF reported last week the start of a campaign to vaccinate 60 million children under age 5 in 16 West African nations. It is part of a global effort to vanquish polio, a disease many Americans thought already had been beaten.
March 31, 2012 |
HARARE, Zimbabwe - Zimbabwe's education ministry said Friday it was investigating how school textbooks donated by the United Nations children's agency have been winding up in the hands of bookstores and street vendors. The United Nations Children's Fund has supplied 22 million books since late 2010 after a decade of economic meltdown that left many schools without teaching materials. In some schools, scores of pupils had shared a single book. Education Minister David Coltart said Friday that culprits behind the theft and sale of books - officially the property of government schools - would be prosecuted.
September 28, 2007 |
Veteran 76ers center Samuel Dalembert left for Haiti on Sept. 15 with a stress fracture in his left foot. He returned on Sunday with a broken heart. Dalembert visited Haiti with UNICEF, a partner with the NBA Cares program, and received a firsthand look at the poverty in his native country. Even though he lived in Haiti until he was 13, Dalembert hadn't visited for eight years. And what he saw saddened him. "The people are so poor there," Dalembert said. "There are not activities for the children, and if they have nothing to do, that is when they get in trouble.
August 27, 1989
Providing food and shelter to all who need it is a difficult task, especially when adults are in charge. So what do schoolchildren have to say? A program sponsored by Philadelphia Citizens for Children and Youth and the Philadelphia Committee for UNICEF tries to find out. Each summer they conduct a contest for city kids to draw posters and write poems illustrating the needs of children all over the world. Here are some of this summer's entries.
December 5, 1991 |
In an effort to deter further bombardment by the surrounding Yugoslav army, Croatian officials have ordered thousands of women and children anxious to flee this besieged ancient city to remain. The top U.N. relief official here strongly condemned the order yesterday, estimating that up to 4,000 women and children wanted to leave Dubrovnik, where 120 people were killed in heavy shelling last month. "No woman or child should be obliged to be a hero or used as a shield," said Staffan de Mistura, the special envoy of UNICEF here.
September 23, 2013 |
How do you get from Philadelphia to Myanmar? It's easy, Jim Connor says: Turn left at Thailand. The hard part comes once you're there, trying to work with and around a slowly, slowly opening government that's not used to outsiders and is particularly suspicious of social workers. Connor, 40, spent the last decade on the contentious Thailand-Myanmar border, his Whispering Seed project providing housing, education, and job skills to orphans and to children from displaced families.