UNICEF receives half aid money asked for

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According to Inter Press Service, UNICEF appealed for $1.28 billion in aid, which could help 97 million people. Unfortunately, UNICEF only received $854.7 million for all of its projects, meaning it can meet roughly half the goals for 2012.

But how do you choose who to help? While denying half the people aid they deserve?

How could you choose between “five million drought-affected children in Ethiopia”, or which children out of 360,000 in Kenya deserve access to quality education” or which children out of 16,000 to treat for “acute malnutrition in Madagascar”? Or how could you decide between which people in Somalia deserve safe drinking water or which children in the Republic of South Sudan deserve basic health care?

And that is just in Southern and Eastern Africa. It does not even include the services limited to other countries in the world.

Even though their funds are limited, UNICEF is able to help millions of people globally. But that is not enough. Having to choose who to give aid to, while looking at thousands/millions of others it cannot help, must be hard.

There are millions and millions of people in aid, and each of them deserves to be helped. UNICEF should not have to deny people aid, when the governments, NGOS etc are partially to blame for such a demand in aid.  If only they listened to the warning signs about the drought that would eventually plague Somalia, the current crisis there could have been averted, and UNICEF would not need to request $ 289.1 dollars in aid for Somalia alone.

UNICEF needs more money so it can reach every person it intends to help.

Please donate to UNICEF.org now.




About Haley Behre

I graduated from Syracuse University in December 2011 with majors in newspaper journalism and women and gender studies. Using these majors, I aspire to become a journalist who writes about human rights issues. I have held internships at the Syracuse New Times, Dash Media PR Firm, Syracuse Post-Standard and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. I also had an internship at the Not For Sale Campaign Syracuse chapter, which is a non-profit organization dedicated to eradicating human trafficking. I was born in Seoul, Korea on September 30, 1990 and moved to the United States before I was one year old. When I was 8, my family and I moved to Norwich, England for three years. While I was here I was immersed into a new culture and got to experience many things other children my age do not get to. Over the three years, I visited Ireland, France and the Netherlands several times, and Belgium, Wales and Sweden once. In the winter of 2010, I got an amazing opportunity to visit Kenya for a month. This was by far the single most eye-opening experience of my life thus far. The natural beauty of the landscape and its people do not compare to anything I have seen. I currently intern for the Reporters Committee for the Freedom of the Press in the hopes of getting a full-time job at a newspaper or non-profit after.
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