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UNICEF started in 1946 as The International Children’s Emergency Fund (ICEF) in New York, US. It was created to help children affected by World War II. In 1953 UNICEF became a permanent United Nations agency. They have been working for the past 70 years in 190 countries around the world, helping to improve the lives of children and their families.

History of UNICEF

UNICEF believes that all children have a right to survive, thrive and fulfill their potential - to the benefit of a better world. UNICEF works with the United Nations agencies to make sure that children are on the global agenda. UNICEF strikes a balance between thorough research and practical solutions for children. 

UNICEF Mission Statement

"UNICEF is mandated by the United Nations General Assembly to advocate for the protection of children's rights, to help meet their basic needs and to expand their opportunities to reach their full potential." 

About the Agency

In 1953 UNICEF worked with water and sanitation to reduce future diseases and death with children. 

In 1956 more than 13,000 families welfare centers were given supplies from UNICEF in 102 countries.

In 1959 The United Nations Declaration of the Rights of the Child declares children’s rights to protection, education, health care, shelter and good nutrition. 

In 1983 UNICEF supports a primary education and literacy program with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

In 1994 the UNICEF and UNESCO invent and hand out School-in-a-Box.

In 2010 7 earthquake killed almost 160,000 people and dislocated more than 1 million people from their homes in Haiti. UNICEF leads the international reaction for the children.


UNICEF is a great agency that helps kids in need. Please help them keep moving forward by donating anything that you can.