Clay Aiken – UNICEF Is Helping the Kids

I have been a strong supporter of UNICEF for many years.  Having worked with UNICEF in many different capacities, I have supported their causes any way that I could.  It was especially wonderful to me when Clay Aiken became an Ambassador for UNICEF.

According to their website:

UNICEF is on the ground in over 150 countries and territories to help children survive and thrive, from early childhood through adolescence.  The world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all girls and boys, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS.  UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments

It seems that the world has been hit by many natural disasters in the last few weeks.  There are so many children throughout the world that have had their world turned upside down by floods, earthquakes, and tsunamis.

Since Clay has been so involved with UNICEF, I thought it would be interesting to see some information about what UNICEF is doing to help the displaced children and the continuing care for other parts of the world. All of the following headlines have been posted in the last 48 hours.

UNICEF rapid response team on the ground in Samoa
A team of six emergency personnel are currently conducting rapid assessments in Samoa to ensure that the urgent needs of children are met following the earthquake and tsunami that struck the Pacific Island nation on Tuesday, September 29.

UNICEF is closely working with the Government of Samoa and other UN agencies to provide assistance for up to 10-15,000 people.  It is estimated that at least 9.000 children are affected.

UNICEF prepares mass vaccination program for Samoa’s children
The United Nations children’s agency, UNICEF, is preparing a mass measles vaccination program for thousands of children in Samoa in the aftermath of the Pacific tsunami.  There is growing concern over the lack of safe drinking water and the potential for disease to spread rapidly.

Nearly 70,000 children return to classes following Indonesia earthquake
JAKARTA, INDONESIA, 5 October 2009
Less than one week after a major earthquake devastated the Indonesian province of West Sumatra, nearly 70,000 children have returned to classes in the city of Padang according to local education authorities, as UNICEF rushed school supplies to the region.

Following a call by the Governor of Padang for children to try and go back to school wherever possible, UNICEF rapidly erected the first of a planned 250 classroom tents to provide temporary learning areas in the city; early on Monday morning, local education officials reported that just over 68,000 children – 40 per cent of students – had gone back to classes in Padang city, with more expected to follow across the region in the coming days.

“This is an important sign that life will return to normal for children affected by this tragedy,” said UNICEF Country Representative in Indonesia, Angela Kearney.

Update on UNICEF’s Philippines relief effort
Over 600,000 Filipino families–an estimated 2.5 million people–have been affected by Typhoon Ketsana already. In an effort to ward off disease among the displaced, UNICEF is distributing:

  • family kits containing cooking pots, blankets, water buckets, sleeping mats and soap;
  • hygiene kits containing soap, toothpaste, slippers and towels;
  • emergency health kits with drugs and equipment and water purification supplies.

Children’s psychosocial health is also an issue in the aftermath of a disaster like this, and UNICEF is working to establish safe, child-friendly spaces within the evacuation centers for play and educational activities.

Pampers and UNICEF Launch the “Give the Gift of Life” Campaign to Eliminate Newborn Tetanus by 2012
The universal bond of motherhood unites mothers across the world to help UNICEF eliminate newborn tetanus by 2012 with the Pampers ‘1 pack = 1 life-saving vaccine’ initiative

Philip O’Brien is UNICEF’s Director of Fundraising and Private Partnerships.

“As the world’s leading organisation for children UNICEF is committed to eliminating the unnecessary and preventable deaths of women and children. In this 21st century it is ethically unacceptable that some 128,000 babies die from newborn tetanus every year. Our partnership with Pampers has achieved impressive results, making available 200 million MNT vaccines since 2006 and protecting over 45 million mothers and their babies. Partnerships are critical to deliver results for children and we welcome Pampers continued support to achieve the global goal of elimination of Maternal and Neonatal Tetanus by 2012″.

The campaign’s “1 pack = 1 life-saving vaccine” initiative aims to help UNICEF in its goal of eliminating newborn tetanus by 2012. To date, Pampers has donated over 200 million vaccines to UNICEF, resulting in a total of 45.5 million women and their babies being protected. Every two seconds since the start of the campaign in 2006, Pampers has provided a protective dose of the tetanus toxoid vaccine for a woman and her baby.

UNICEF supports national measles campaign in Rwanda
BUGESERA, RWANDA, 6 October 2009 – To continue a tradition launched in 2008, Rwanda today organized the third round of Mother and Child Health Week – with a twist.  Not only will children receive the Mother and Child Health Week standard care of life saving interventions, they will also get inoculation against measles.

I am amazed at how much UNICEF does for children everywhere……..and they do it immediately!!

For more information on UNICEF visit their site.  UNICEF

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Comments

  1. Wow that's Clay Aiken photo when he was on Aceh, Indonesia.
    That photo had made the headlines of Indonesia newspapers.
    He rocks Indonesia, all Entertainment News and TV News on my region broadcast all of his activities.

    I know what he'd done on my country, he entertained Aceh Kids and made them to smile and cheers again. He did a great job, we're so proud!

    And Thanks to Unicef, to helping all kids from Tsunami tragedy through West-Sumatera. 😀

  2. "I know what he'd done on my country, he entertained Aceh Kids and made them to smile and cheers again. He did a great job, we're so proud!"

    We're proud of him too. Unicef does so much for children all over the world. They picked a good guy when they chose Clay to be an ambassador for them.

  3. Musicfan,

    Thank you for such a comprehensive blog about Clay Aiken, his projects as a UNICEF ambassador, and current endeavors by the organization around the world today. As always, a very interesting, complete read!

    Caro

  4. Wonderful and informative blog as usual. UNICEF is a wonderful organization and has been doing wonderful work around the world for such a long time. I've always supported them whenever I can and will continue to do so.

    I was thrilled when Clay Aiken was chosen to represent this organization as one of their Ambassadors. He has done a lot of work for them, with so much of it done behind the scenes as well, and has raised an enormous amount of money for the cause. I'm very proud of the work that UNICEF does and that Clay Aiken does for UNICEF. Congratulations to all!

  5. I too have supported UNICEF throughout the years. But it wasn't until Clay Aiken became an ambassador that I really paid attention to the work that is done around the world. Thank you for this informative blog.

  6. Thanks CANN for your article on Unicef. I have supported them for decades and give a small donation every month. Clay Aiken has been an amazing ambassador for them.

  7. Thanks for such an informative blog about UNICEF. Clay Aiken does a good job representing UNICEF and has made me more aware of their causes.

  8. Thanks for all the information on UNICEF. I am very proud of Clay's work with this organization. He is a wonderful representative!

  9. I like to browse through Clay's UNICEF page and you tube videos on his work with them. So when a large part of Asia was struck by back to back natural disasters the past week, I thought of Clay and wondered whether he is among the volunteers quietly helping and bringing cheer and comfort to the unfortunate victims. Then again,with the Champion of Change Gala just around the corner, his work with the NIP and he has his new album to work on, and I wondered again…Will he have to time to come to Indonesia, the Philippines,Taiwan Samoa? Just wondering…

  10. The world is hurting right now and UNICEF is there to help. I am sure that Clay is kept informed of all that they are doing and supporting in whatever way he can.

    I loved reading about the tents for schools.

  11. Thanks so much for all the information on Unicef…and all the wonderful things Clay has done in the last few years. He is such a dedicated Ambassador..and I am proud to be a fan of Clay Aiken. You can tell just by looking at all the pictures and video's of Clay when he was in all these countries..just how happy he makes the children. He is one in a million!

  12. Thank you for the wonderful blog on the work UNICEF does to help people around the world. Clay Aiken makes a great ambassador for UNICEF

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