At this time of year, when my children are showered lavishly with gifts from aunts, uncles and grandparents, it makes it even more important for me to teach my children how to give back to those in need. It's important for them to realize that we are living the exception, not the norm here.
Which is why programs like Unicef's Ethical Giving is growing more and more in popularity among Canadians.
What are UNICEF Survival Gifts?
- UNICEF Survival Gifts are a collection of 54 gifts essential for child survival and development grouped into six main categories: Water, Food, Health, Education, Play and Emergency.
- These are real, life-saving and life-changing gifts - when someone orders a UNICEF Survival Gift the actual items are shipped from the UNICEF warehouse in Copenhagen, Denmark, to children and families in need around the world.
- Gifts range in price from $10, enough for 55 polio vaccines, to $38,159 for an all-terrain vehicle needed to reach children safely in conflict zones and in remote regions.
- As part of the UN, UNICEF is active in almost every country helping the poorest, most vulnerable children in the world's most inaccessible places. UNICEF is funded entirely by voluntary donations.
Some of the UNICEF survival gifts Canadians sent last year:
- 9,713,261 (nearly 10 million) vital water items
- 362,737 education items so children can learn
- 773,022 vaccines to keep children safe from polio, measles, and tetanus
- 1,633,919 water purification tablets providing 8,169,595 litres of vital clean water
- 308,008 oral rehydration salts
- 284,714 packages of Plumpy’Nut therapeutic food – enough to feed 13,557 children 3 times a day for a week
- 361,120 pencils and notebooks so children could write and learn
So if you are looking for a way to contribute this year, please consider UNICEF Survival Gifts. For more information and to purchase a gift, visit UNICEF Survival Gifts