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UNICEF Canada is a humanitarian organization for children

What is UNICEF?

UNICEF is a non-profit humanitarian organization focusing on saving children’s lives around the globe. UNICEF Canada is one of UNICEF's 36 National Committees. It was founded in 1955. UNICEF Canada’s main office is in Toronto, Ontario.

What Does UNICEF Stand For?

UNICEF stands for United Nations Children’s Fund. 

UNICEF’s Mission

Did you know?

UNICEF is the only organization listed in the Convention on the Rights of the Child as the global leader for children.

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.

We are committed to take action, save, rehabilitate and watch over children, with a special attention to the most vulnerable and excluded groups.

UNICEF utilizes its influence not only to provide safety for children in need, but also to make a noticeable change in their overall outlook on life. UNICEF believes that if we create a safe, nurturing environment, then every child will get a chance in life regardless of circumstances.

As part of the UN, we are active in more countries and have saved more children’s lives than any other humanitarian organization. UNICEF is the only organization listed in the Convention on the Rights of the Child, as the global leader for children.

UNICEF On Location

UNICEF has people working in 190 countries around the world. Our field workers are amongst the most essential members in our organization. They deliver life-saving packages, feed, console, and educate children even in dangerous conflict zones. They are the heart and soul of our organization who make sure that those baby blankets or vaccine packs you donated will get to where they are most needed.

Your Donations Save Lives Every Day

UNICEF is funded entirely by generous Canadians, like you. Thanks to you, we are able to reach and help children around the world. Your donation dollars help us to:

How to Donate to UNICEF Canada

There are many ways to donate to help children. The fastest and easiest way is to donate online

Monthly donations give us stability in reaching short and long-term goals. You may set up a regular monthly donation or enroll in our SURVIVAL365 monthly program.

If you prefer to pick specific gifts for children, we recommend purchasing them through our Survival Gifts store.

UNICEF's accomplishments, with your support, in 2015:

Treat 2.9 million children for severe malnutrition
Deliver 11.7 million measles vaccinations
Provide safe water for 17.3 million children
Offer psychosocial support for 3 million children
Provide basic education for 8.2 million children
Give cash support for 2.1 million people

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Subscribe to our newsletter to learn more about UNICEF Canada’s work around the world. By joining, you are participating in the fight for child survival. You will become a part of a global effort to keep children safe, no matter their circumstances.