BY HAUWA INDIMI
UNICEF is the world’s leading supporter for children, with strong presence in 190 different countries. It focuses on one of the most reoccurring global issues- poverty. It helps children’s survival through providing education, sanitation and emergency relief.
“There is no trust more sacred than the one the world holds with children. There is no duty more important than ensuring that their rights are respected, that their welfare is protected,” said Kofi Annan, former Secretary General of the United Nations.
Following the realization that children’s lives are vital, students have come together to start a UNICEF club on campus. Where fundraising activities such as “water run” will be taking place.
The club will be raising awareness by having panels of discussions to highlight how the Lynn family can make a difference for the betterment of the children in need.
“The goal is to use our voices on behalf of children’s rights to clean water, etc. UNICEF firmly believes that college students play a vital role in helping the worlds children survival,” said Linda Foinding, president of UNICEF at Lynn.
“Over 18,000 people die everyday from preventable causes, if we do not help them, who is going to do it? I think that all students should join because it will give you them the feeling that they belong to a greater cause.”
At the Halloween Ball, the club held the commonly known “Trick or Treat for UNICEF,” which is a kids helping kids campaign. UNICEF at Lynn managed to raise $50 where students donated and received a hoodie or a T-shirt in return.
The club plans on holding panels to discuss world threats such as Ebola, hunger and important elements like education. It also looks forward to holding the UNICEF Tap Project, which is a national campaign.
“For every ten minutes you didn’t touch your phone, UNICEF Tap Project donors and sponsors funded one day of clean water for a child in need,” says UNICEF’s website. Just $1 can provide 40 days of clean water.
Students should be encouraged to be a part of this life changing organization and help spread the word by using hashtags such as #unicefatlu, #webelieveinzero and #uniceflynn on social media sites.