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Canadian Government provides additional $15 million for UNICEF’s emergency response in Haiti


January 19, 2010 – Today the Government of Canada announced it is providing an additional $15 million to support UNICEF’s humanitarian assistance in Haiti, recognizing the organization as one of its “vital United Nations partners.”

UNICEF leads critical humanitarian relief efforts including water, sanitation and hygiene; nutrition; child protection; and education, in Haiti and in humanitarian emergencies worldwide, coordinating the activities of other aid organizations.

UNICEF is appealing for US$128 million globally to support our emergency response in Haiti. Government of Canada funding will support crucial UNICEF work in health, nutrition, protection, and water and sanitation services for children and women.   

Donations to UNICEF Canada can be made online at or by calling 1-877-955-3111.

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 boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS.  UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments.

UNICEF Canada raises funds for emergencies based on country needs. Should the total contributions exceed the funding needs for a certain emergency, the funds received will be reallocated to other UNICEF emergency programmes where the need is greatest.

For further information:

Stefanie Carmichael, Communications Specialist, (416) 482-6552 ext. 8866; Cell: (647) 500-4230,
Tiffany Baggetta, Director, Communications and Brand, (416) 482-6552 ext. 8892; Cell: (647) 308-4806,