Giving Back for Mother’s Day

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Looking for a way to give back this Mother’s Day? Check out UNICEF’s inspired gifts page, whose proceeds go to save children worldwide.

Mother’s Day Inspired Gifts

In the parched Sahel region of West and Central Africa, children are becoming truly desperate – desperate to find any scrap of food, desperate for hope, desperate to keep the last spark of life alive. For malnourished children like these, the Child Survival Food Pack is the ultimate care package. With a simple box containing therapeutic food, high-energy biscuits, and more, you can breathe life into a child dying of starvation.

Help save a life this Mother’s Day. It’s a truly heartwarming gift.

The U.S. Fund for UNICEF also accepts vehicle donations. Do you have an old car, boat on a trailer, truck, RV, motorcycle or other vehicle? Consider donating it to the U.S. Fund for UNICEF today. Visit our vehicle donation to the U.S. Fund for UNICEF page today for more information.

UNICEF News: 12,000 fewer children perish daily in 2010 than in 1990

Caryl M. Stern, President and CEO of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF announced that today marks a huge milestone for UNICEF, and it couldn’t have happened without the support of generous donors everywhere.

UNICEF just announced that the child mortality rate has dropped substantially. That means a child has a better chance of surviving to the age of 5 than just one year ago.

Take a look at the press release below for the details. As you read it, know that this hard-fought progress happened because of your support of UNICEF.

12,000 fewer children perish daily in 2010 than in 1990

NEW YORK/GENEVA, 15 September 2011 – The number of children under five years of age dying each year declined from more than 12 million in 1990 to 7.6 million in 2010, UNICEF and the World Health Organization said today, releasing the latest estimates on worldwide child mortality.

These new figures show that compared to 1990, around 12,000 more children’s lives are saved each day.

An annual report on child mortality found that in sub-Saharan Africa, the region with the highest number of under-five deaths in the world, the speed at which the under-five mortality rate is declining doubled from 1.2 per cent a year during 1990-2000 to 2.4 per cent a year during 2000-2010.

“The news that the rate of child mortality in Sub-Saharan Africa is declining twice as fast as it was a decade ago shows that we can make progress even in the poorest places, but we cannot for a moment forget the chilling fact of around 21,000 children dying every day from preventable causes,” said Anthony Lake, UNICEF Executive Director. “Focusing greater investment on the most disadvantaged communities will help us save more children’s lives, more quickly and more cost effectively.”

Between 1990 and 2010, the under-five mortality rate dropped by more than one-third, from 88 deaths per 1,000 live births to 57.

Unfortunately, this rate of progress is still insufficient to meet Millennium Development Goal 4 (MDG4), which calls for a two-thirds reduction in the under-five mortality rate by 2015.

“Reductions in child mortality are linked to many factors, particularly increased access to health care services around the newborn period. As well as prevention and treatment of childhood illnesses, and improved nutrition, immunization coverage, and water and sanitation,” said Dr Margaret Chan, WHO Director General. “This is proof that investing in children’s health is money well spent, and a sign that we need to accelerate that investment through the coming years.”

Some of the greatest improvements are in countries where children are most vulnerable.

One example is Niger, where the 1990 under-five mortality rate was 311 per 1,000 live births. To address the often large distances between people and health centres, a strategy of deploying trained community health workers to deliver high-impact interventions at thousands of new health posts across the country was used. In 2010, Niger was one of the five countries with the greatest absolute reductions in overall under-five mortality rates, together with Malawi, Liberia, Timor-Leste and Sierra Leone.

Dr. Chan and Mr. Lake agreed that the commitment of governments and the implementation of strategies to overcome local constraints to access and use of essential services are critical success factors.

The report shows that newborns and infants are the most at risk of dying, and there has been less progress for them than within the under-five age category as a whole. More than 40 per cent of under-five deaths occur within the first month of life and over 70 per cent in the first year of life.

The improvements and progress are encouraging – but stark disparities persist. Sub-Saharan Africa is still home to the highest rates of child mortality, with one in eight children dying before reaching five – more than 17 times the average for developed regions (1 in 143). Southern Asia has the second highest rates with 1 in 15 children dying before age five.

Under-five deaths are increasingly concentrated in sub-Saharan Africa and Southern Asia. In 1990, 69 per cent of under-five deaths occurred in these two regions – in 2010, that proportion increased to 82 per cent. About half of all under five deaths in the world took place in just five countries in 2010: India, Nigeria, Democratic Republic of Congo, Pakistan and China.

The new estimates are published in the 2011 report Levels & Trends in Child Mortality, issued by the UN Inter-agency Group for Child Mortality Estimation (IGME), which is led by UNICEF and WHO and includes the World Bank and the UN Population Division.

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About UNICEF
UNICEF has saved more children’s lives than any other humanitarian aid organization in the world. Working in more than 150 countries, UNICEF provides children with health care, clean water, nutrition, education, emergency relief, and more. The U.S. Fund for UNICEF supports UNICEF’s work through fundraising, advocacy, and education in the United States.

UNICEF is at the forefront of efforts to reduce child mortality worldwide. There has been substantial progress: the annual number of under-five deaths dropped from nearly 13 million in 1990 to 7.6 million in 2010. But still, 21,000 children die each day from preventable causes. Our mission is to do whatever it takes to make that number zero by giving children the essentials for a safe and healthy childhood. www.unicefusa.org

About WHO
WHO is the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system. It is responsible for providing leadership on global health matters, shaping the health research agenda, setting norms and standards, articulating evidence-based policy options, providing technical support to countries and monitoring and assessing health trends.

About the IGME
IGME was formed in 2004 to share data on child mortality, harmonize estimates within the UN system, improve methods for child mortality estimation report on progress towards the Millennium Development Goals and enhance country capacity to produce timely and properly assessed estimates of child mortality. The IGME, led by the United Nations Children’s Fund and the World Health Organization, also includes the World Bank and the United Nations Population Division of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs as full members.

The 2011 child mortality report contains the latest IGME estimates of child mortality at the country, regional and global levels. For more information on child mortality estimates visit www.childmortality.org.

Learn More About Noah

Written by guest blogger: Amanda M.

In early September 2009 my fiance and I found out we were having a beautiful baby boy. I remember sitting in the exam room listening to his heart beat on the ultra sound thinking about how amazing those few quick beats sounded. It was the best thirty seconds of my life followed by worst 1 minute of my life when the nurse explained to us all the things that could go wrong in the next 7 months or so before he was born; things like Spina Bifida, Fragile X syndrome and many more.

In March 23, 2006 I had Noah, a beautiful baby boy perfect in every way, but I couldn’t help but think about all those babies that were not born that way. I remember going into the nursery where there was this small baby born weeks early weighing only 1 pound 5 ounces. I was so lucky to be able to take Noah home, but my mind stayed with the small babies in the nursery and what I could do to help.

I think when everybody thinks of premature babies they think of the March of Dimes, at least that is who I thought of. One day while Noah was sleeping I jumped on my computer and went to the March of Dimes website where I looked to see  how I could help. While making my donation I also noticed that besides monetary donation, there are other ways to help like buying products with the March of Dimes logo on it, donating your cell phone or you can even donate your car. March of Dimes is an amazing organization that we should all be thankful for and support.

My brother, the SeaBee.

By guest blogger: Marlayna Camara

Being part of a military family is an adventurous, interesting and also scary experience. My older and only brother Thomas joined the United States Navy in February of 2008, or should I say my family joined the United States Navy along with my brother in 2008. He went to boot camp in Chicago, IL in the dead of winter and on his graduation day we were there to congratulate him on his achievement. We have been there every step of the way supporting him and his decision to defend the Red, White, and Blue. Shortly after boot camp he was then shipped to Gulfport, MS where he will be stationed for the next 6 years, or more.

After only a few months of schooling and training, my family received news we feared would come. My brother and is battalion was being shipped to Iraq and Afghanistan for their first tour. My brother is a United States Navy Sea Bee. The Seabees, or SeaBees, are the Construction Battalions (CBs) of the United States Navy. The Seabees have a history of building bases, bulldozing and paving thousands of miles of roadway and airstrips, and accomplishing myriad other construction projects in a wide variety of military theatres dating back to World War II. He was sent to the Middle East to build military bases for the thousands of Marines being shipped out there for the Operation Iraqi Freedom, the War for Iraqi Freedom.

As scared as our friends and family were for his safety we could not let him hear the fear and sadness in our voices and he felt the same way towards us. As hard as it was we stood by our word and supported Thomas every day in our prayers. We sent him packages almost every day to keep up his spirits and those of his battalion. This was the first Christmas he was not there to share in the joy of the holiday season in 24 years. This took a huge toll on my family emotionally, but like anything else we stuck together and pulled through.

While Thomas was in Iraq my mother had joined a group for Navy Mom’s and had met a woman who helped us out and we grew close to her and her family as well. Jane had also given us the dates and information for the home coming of our Soldiers from Iraq. Soon after learning this information we quickly booked plane tickets to Mississippi to be there to greet Thomas as he arrived on US soil. Only my Mom and I were able to go down but it was so worth it.

We were able to stand in the hanger on the base and wait for the plane to pull in. After hours of waiting, in military life that’s what you do – hurry up to wait; the plane arrived and hundreds of soldiers unloaded from the plane. My mom and I stood there among other wives, husbands, children and parents with signs, flags and dressed head to toe in red, white and blue with no sight of my brother. Then my mom turns to me and says “If your brother is the last one off that plane I’m going to kill him!” Sure enough, my brother was the last one off the plane! We ran to him with tears in our eyes and our arms stretched as far as we could to take all of him in. The only thing my mom wanted to do was the same thing she did the day he was born, hold him, kiss him and to check that he has 10 fingers and 10 toes.

Following his first tour, we have still followed my brother through his journeys across the world, his NAM’s Navy Achievement Metals, and his quick move up in rank. From a no-name sailor to a Petty Officer 1st Class in only a few years was another major achievement. Unfortunately in 2010 Haiti was hit buy a catastrophic magnitude 7.0 Mw earthquake, so Petty Officer Thomas Camara and NMCB 7, his battalion were shipped to help save Haiti. The men and women of NMCB 7 worked to remove bodies from the fallen buildings and rebuild parts of the island. They also worked close with actor Sean Penn in his efforts to help the Haitians. Mr. Penn co-founded the J/P Haitian Relief Organization and is managing a tent camp on the Pétionville golf course that now shelters some 55,000 people. My brother was in charge of a good amount of the project becoming very friendly with Mr. Penn. My brother was able to give back to the community in more ways then one. He was able to hire a good many of the Haitians and provide them with work to help rebuild their lives.

My brother has seen a lot and has learned a great deal in the past few years of being part of the military and was able to help guide others who have recently traveled to Haiti. My boss has just returned from a visit in Haiti working with a charity called the Friends of the Orphans. They are dedicated to improving the lives of orphaned, abandoned and disadvantaged children through the support of the Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos (NPH, Spanish for “Our Little Brothers and Sisters”)  a network of orphanages in Latin America and the Caribbean. By donating and supporting the Friends of the Orphans you can help break the cycle of poverty for these children, and providing safe and loving homes for thousands of children in nine countries.

Giving back in the world is the greatest gift you can give. Whether it is lending a hand to some one who is in need of physical assistance or some one who needs financial help. There are many different ways to help but one way that is great and most people are unaware of is donating your vehicle. By donating your vehicle to a charity you’re giving the chance to donate more then you might be able to in a cash value. When a vehicle is donated to Friends of the Orphans or American Veterans, 100% of the net proceeds from the sale of your vehicle will be given to the charity. Helping out in any way is not only good for your soul but helps to make the world a better place.