U.S. Fund or UNICEF
A Message frm the U.S. Fund Bard Chair and President
Dear Friend of UNICEF,The last few months have presented both extraordinary successes and daunting challenges for children, and we are grateful for your steadfastsupport.
That support has helped UNICEF respond to the catastrophic oods in Pakistan and to the enormous ongoing needs in Haiti. Your
commitment — as well as that of Kiwanians around the world — has also contributed to a momentous new partnership between UNICEF
and Kiwanis International that will undertake to eliminate an ancient killer disease (see story on page 6).On the child survival front, we have some phenomenal news to share: the global under-ve child mortality rate has signicantly droppedonce again — from 24,000 each day to 22,000 (see story on page 4). This is a reection not only of UNICEF’s effectiveness and resolve, butalso of your support. Because of you, we continue to move closer to the day when zero children die from preventable causes. Take a moment
to consider what this means: thousands more young lives saved every day, thousands more futures protected.
But deadly threats to children persist. In Pakistan, where ooding has submerged a fth of the country — an area roughly the size of Florida —millions of children are imperiled by a potential secondary disaster of malnutrition and disease (see story on page 3). Though UNICEF, together with the Pakistani Government and other partners, is providing key assistance — including clean water for 2.5 million Pakistani children and
their family members — a huge funding gap is hampering the emergency response efforts. Millions of children still desperately need help.
A second wave of disaster has so far been averted in Haiti — again thanks to your considerable generosity. I (Caryl) visited Haiti and saw rsthand how crucial your contributions have been to UNICEF’s relief efforts in the earthquake-battered nation. These efforts remain critical.We are heartened to report that the U.S. Fund has received a second grant from the “Hope for Haiti Now: A Global Benet for EarthquakeRelief” telethon. The $5 million award, which follows an earlier $6 million grant, will support UNICEF’s child protection programs in Haiti.These funds will make an immeasurable difference in the lives of so many vulnerable children.Lastly, as we celebrate the 60th anniversary of Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF, those of you who have taken part in this special campaign over the years should feel deeply proud. Since it began, TOT has raised close to $160 million for programs that have saved millions of children’slives (see story on page 10).Thank you for standing with UNICEF — and with the children of the world.
P.S. To support UNICEF’s work in Pakistan, please visit unicefusa.org/pakistan
Board Chair Caryl M. Stern
President and CEO