11 December 1946:
The United Nations creates the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) to aid the emergency needs of children in post-war Europe and China
UNICEF’s charter is expanded “to address the long-term needs of children and women in developing countries everywhere.”
UNICEF becomes a permanent part of the UN and is known as the United Nations Children's Fund.
Although UNICEF’s halls may be overflowing with senior professionals, young leaders around the world are dedicated to helping UNICEF realize its mission as well.
Humberto Elías Orozco, 11, in Vargas, Venezuela:
As President of the Student Center for the Promotion and Defense of Children’s Rights, Humberto “helps his peers in understanding the significance of being an individual with rights, which also means being aware of one’s obligations” to help others in need. He has since both learned and taught lessons about respect and taking responsibility for one’s actions. He hopes that he will be able to raise awareness and encourage other youngsters to become involved and to care for their communities.
Ryan Hreljac, 6, in Kemptville, Canada:
After learning about children around the world who lacked a source of clean water, Ryan began fundraising to build wells in those parts of the country where there was no clean water. Four years later, he had started his own Foundation, which raised almost $800,000 to provide 70 wells for clean drinking in Africa.
Abigail Manglicmot, 16, in Olongapo City, Philippines:
Having worked with street children and children with special needs in her community for a few years, Abigail was inspired to continue educating others on the inequalities and violence in the lives of street children—those who lived in her midst, yet led such a different life.
In this game, age doesn’t matter.
Please visit unicef.org for more information.
(UNICEF is building a world which realizes the rights of every child)