For more than 70 years, UNICEF has led the global fight for children’s rights.
The UNITED NATIONS CHILDREN’S FUND, originally known as the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund, was created by the United Nations General Assembly on 11 December 1946, to provide emergency food and healthcare to children and mothers in countries that had been devastated by World War II.
The Polish physician Ludwik Rajchman is widely regarded as the founder of UNICEF and served as its first chairman from 1946. On Rajchman’s suggestion, the American Maurice Pate was appointed its first executive director, serving from 1947 until his death in 1965.
In 1950, UNICEF’s mandate was extended to address the long-term needs of children and women in developing countries everywhere. In 1953 it became a permanent part of the United Nations System, and the words “international” and “emergency” were dropped from the organization’s name, though it retained the original acronym, “UNICEF”.
UNICEF works in 190 countries and territories to save children’s lives, to defend their rights, and to help them fulfil their potential, from early childhood through adolescence.
UNICEF works around the world to support quality learning for every girl and boy, especially those in greatest danger of being left behind.
UNICEF is on the ground before, during, and after emergencies, working to reach children and families with lifesaving aid and long-term assistance
Jar of Grace raises money for the vital work that Unicef delivers for children facing emergencies all over the world.
In Birnie Pluscarden our co-ordinator is Gill Garrow.
At the beginning of 2020 we donated £230 to UNICEF to help support them in their work.