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UNICEF Campus Initiative Newsletter

September, 2011 Volume 2, Issue 1

Inside this issue: The third annual Campus Summit is just around the corner! From Saturday, October 8th to Monday, October 10th Campus Initiative student leaders, members, and alumni from over 65 schools across the nation will join together in New York City for a UNICEF-filled weekend. The Campus Initiative program is very fortunate to welcome Hugh Evans, the Co-Founder of the Global Poverty Project, as this year’s keynote speaker. The Global Poverty Project has developed a 1.4 Billion Reasons presentation that has travelled the world to inspire and empower its viewers. The presentation outlines the facts of extreme poverty along with a rather simple answer: small changes made by everyone can lead to a solution. As an issue very close to the core efforts of UNICEF, this will surely be a great inspirational start of a weekend packed with wonderful ideas. For the first time, students will participate in an emergency simulation, giving everyone the opportunity to experience first-hand UNICEF’s response in the event of an emergency situation. This will be a very exciting activity for everyone to get an even closer look into the world of UNICEF and the amazing work of their field staff! Don’t miss the opportunity to be in the shoes of those that have saved more children’s lives than any other humanitarian organizations. In addition, multiple workshop blocs will be available over the course of the summit with a wide variety of topics to choose from. Students will learn, discuss, and share ideas for more specific areas of UNICEF or the Campus Initiative in a smaller group setting. Not only will the workshops provide even more exposure to UNICEF, but also be an opportunity to discover the topics that interest you personally.

More information can be found at mpussummit. We look forward to seeing everyone to celebrate the beginning of another year.

School of the Month

Back-to-school kits

What awesome event or fundraiser is your campus initiative doing on campus? We want to know! We want to connect all clubs by staying updated on the many successful stories that each of you have accomplished! We want to keep each other motivated by sharing all of our diverse ways of fundraising, advocating and educating to reach Zero! So keep us updated! The National Council recognizes one school of the month that has achieved a unique way of reaching its university for believing in zero. Post your cool event on the Extranet and contact your National Council leader after every event to be nominated for the school of the month!

Have you received the back-toschool kit yet? If not then send the updated mailing address for your school to as soon as possible! It contains some great tools such as posters, t-shirts, USB drive with a lot of important documents about UNICEF, ideas for different events and a lot of educational and awareness material!


Campus Initiative Summit


School of the Month


Crisis in the Horn of Africa


Goals for the year


Campus Initiative National Council 2011-2012


Campus Challenge Register your campus team for “The George Harrison Fund for UNICEF and ACUI Campus Challenge”. For more information and to register go to: hallenge UNICEF campuses across the country raised over $232,927 for UNICEF's lifesaving programs during last year's Campus Challenge.

UNICEF Campus Initiative Newsletter "I know it's easy to look away when the suffering is too terrible; change the channel, turn the page, look away; but I think that defines us as human beings. For what I have tried to teach my children, you have to look suffering in the face and listen to what's being asked of you. I think we have to feel we can each do a little bit surely." - Mia Farrow, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador

Ideas on how your Campus can help - Host a Hunger Banquet, Find out how on the extranet. - Organize a speaker panel on Hunger in East Africa

Crisis in the Horn of Africa A deadly combination of drought, rising food prices and armed conflict has created the worst food crisis in the world across Somalia and the Horn of Africa. The UN has declared famine in six regions of Somalia. 12 million people are suffering the devastating effects of this crisis, including 1.4 million children in Somalia alone. This number is steadily increasing. Their crops and livestock dead, hundreds of thousands of Somali refugees have had no choice but to make the perilous journey into Kenya in search of food and water. The Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya, with a capacity of 90,000, now has a population of more than 400,000. Over half of them are children under the age of 18. The overcrowding places a strain on resources and causes major health concerns. Children weakened by malnutrition are susceptible to killer diseases like measles, cholera and malaria. UNICEF has been operating across Somalia since 1971 and is the largest supplier of therapeutic and supplementary nutrition in the country. Despite the challenges to a country torn apart by conflict, insecurity and poverty, UNICEF is working with over 20 partners in the field

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Kenya, 2011: A child is vaccinated against measles in the Dadaab refugee camp.

and is able to ensure that supplies reach children. In Mogadishu, UNICEF and its partners are providing clean water for over half a million people, as well as distributing water purification tablets and providing household water treatment supplies in the districts worst affected by cholera. UNICEF is also accelerating efforts to help children fully benefit from education during the crisis. UNICEF's work in Somalia and the Horn of Africa focuses on five main areas: nutrition; health; education; water and sanitation; and child protection. Your Campus Initiative can join UNICEF’s efforts in the region by raising awareness on your campus about the crisis, and fundraising to support our life-saving work in the Horn of Africa.

Campus Initiative National Council Goals and Commitments - 2011-2012

Stay in touch with your national council member! Email us at: Don’t forget to include your zone number or at least your school name in the subject line. We’ll get back to you just as soon as we can!

Increase member retention and commitment: 2000 committed members across the U.S.

Fundraise a total of $500,000 – Take another step towards Million dollar challenge

Have at least 1000 education, fundraising and advocacy events across the U.S.

Increase communication and collaboration within the Campus Initiative

Keep UNICEF’s mission on global issues at the center of our work

Increase the number of Campus Initiative Clubs to 150

Campus Initiative National Council 2011-2012 The mission of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF Campus Initiative is to build life-long supporters who will educate, advocate, and fundraise on behalf of UNICEF until children no longer die of preventable causes. The 2011-2012 Campus Initiative National Council embodies this mission. We would like to introduce Emily Cho from The Ohio State University; Victoria Nguyen from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Nadia Sariahmed from Columbia University; Faith Umoh from the University of Florida; Shikhank


Sharma from the University of Illinois, UrbanaChampaign and Tyra Jeffries from Syracuse University. They will gather in New York City to create a year-long plan of action that includes planning the annual Campus Initiative Summit, establishing national goals, and strengthening communication between the campus clubs. The council members are excited to work with student leaders around the country with the belief that college students have a vital role to play in helping the world’s children.

Beginning of the Year - Newsletter Sept 2011  
Beginning of the Year - Newsletter Sept 2011  

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