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For every child, hope

Renew your support and help bring hope to more children in 2017

Thank you for all you did for children in 2016. You helped UNICEF provide critical support to children in Haiti in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew and you helped us deliver food, clean water and school supplies to Syrian children caught in the crossfires of the ongoing conflict. These are just two examples of how you’re helping children with UNICEF.

To ensure we can continue to be there for the world’s most vulnerable children in the year ahead, please make your 2017 donation now.

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2016: A year in review

Your UNICEF support in action

Here are just some of the ways your donations made a difference in the lives of children in 2016.

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Going the extra mile to fight malnutrition

When baby Nantene became very ill and started losing weight, her mom, Awa, took her to a local UNICEF-supported clinic where she was diagnosed with severe acute malnutrition. Nantene was immediately put on a course of Plumpy’Nut® – a peanut-based therapeutic food. Thanks to you, Awa got help in time to save her daughter’s life.

With your support, UNICEF is distributing thousands of boxes of Plumpy’Nut in Mali, where Nantene and Awa live, and throughout the Sahel region of Africa. But in a region plagued by conflict and instability, it’s an uphill battle. There is a constant threat of robbery and the roads are rough, making the trip treacherous and the journey slow. Many areas are very remote and hard to reach.

With nearly 900,000 children in the Sahel region of Africa suffering from severe acute malnutrition, the road ahead will not be easy. But with you by our side, we will continue to do everything we can to reach – and save – every child.

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Access to water means a brighter future for girls

In a remote village in the Ouaddai region of Chad, Hala, 17, wakes up with the day’s first light to go fetch water. It is a long walk and some days she is late or even misses school. Like most girls in her community, Hala must make the trek to the water source twice a day.

Throughout Africa, water is intimately linked to gender equality. Girls like Hala, who spend hours each day gathering water for the family, tend not to be in school and are more at risk of being married as children.

Last year, thanks to donors like you, UNICEF provided potable water to 110,000 people in the Ouaddai region. With your renewed support, we plan on building a total of 1,600 equipped classrooms with access to waterpoints and latrines.

Improving access to safe water gives vulnerable girls like Hala – who dreams of becoming a nurse one day – the opportunity to live, learn and thrive.

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Education is every child’s right

In Syria, nearly six years of conflict has had a devastating impact on education. With the constant threat of school buildings or nearby areas being attacked, attending class is a matter of life or death for Syrian children. In response, makeshift classrooms have been set up in basements, caves and barns, and with your support, UNICEF has provided more than 3 million children with learning materials, such as school bags, stationary and text books.

Going to school gives children in crises a sense of normalcy. More importantly, education is the key to breaking the cycles of poverty, disease and social inequity and rebuilding a peaceful nation.

“It’s important to have this school so we can have an educated and mindful generation,” says a teacher who works in an old barn that is now a classroom for 80 students, including seven-year-old Hayat. “I have to come every day to school to learn, because I want to become a teacher when I grow up,” she says.

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Emergency supplies reach Mosul, thanks to you

As we neared the end of 2016 and the fighting in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul raged on, thousands of children and families were cut off from desperately needed aid and support. UNICEF took action, leading a multi-agency humanitarian convoy into the city.

The trucks were filled with water purification tablets, jerry cans, food, soap, toothpaste, diapers and more – enough emergency supplies for 15,000 children and their families for a month.

The distribution was completed in six hours despite nearby artillery fire and explosions that sounded almost constantly. Says Chris Niles, a UNICEF worker involved in the operation, “I was talking to 10-year-old Maryam when a rocket exploded to our left. It was a way off, but it was loud and I jumped. She didn’t.” The little girl is so used to bombs going off, she didn’t even flinch. Maryam remained oblivious to the noise as she collected a baby kit, a hygiene kit and high-energy biscuits – vital supplies for her family.

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