A special birthday gift for you


Your support makes a difference for children like Henry Dixon


Henry Dixon was thirteen months old and severely malnourished when he was admitted to the UNICEF-funded Malnutrition Stablilisation Centre in Makeni, Sierra Leone. He appeared much younger than his age.  Henry had severe diarrhoea, and was losing weight rapidly.

Sierra Leone has some of the world’s highest child and maternal mortality rates. One in five children in this country will not make it to their fifth birthdays.


“I’m worried that he is going to die,” feared Henry’s mother Kadiatu Bangura.


But thanks to the support of generous donors like you, Henry survived


Due to the treatment received at this UNICEF-funded centre, Henry Dixon was transformed from the sick and severely malnourished little boy to a smiling happy boy in just a few days. At the center, Henry was given ready-to-use therapeutic food that helped him gain up to two pounds in a week. The food inside the foil-wrapped pouch looks just like peanut butter, but it’s packed with nutrients.

UNICEF is the largest distributor of ready to at therapeutic food that saved Henry’s life. And it is with your support that we are able to reach out to children like him. So a big thank you for your support. Your donations are helping us save lives.


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Stories from the field: Schools for Laos


By Vivien Maidaborn (@Maidaborn), UNICEF NZ Executive Director

At the end of 2014 I visited Laos, I wanted to see for myself the situation children are facing there and the work UNICEF is undertaking to improve educational outcomes for children.

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What I saw amazed and inspired me and I want to share it with you. But first, following my incredible experience, let me tell you how vitally important your support is and just what a powerful impact you will have for children in Laos. Read More »

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Expert view: Child Friendly Cities are cities that work for all


By Deborah Morris-Travers, UNICEF NZ Domestic Advocacy Manager

As a way to mark national Children’s Day, UNICEF NZ and Wellington City Council co-hosted a Child Friendly Cities Forum on February 26. Wellington City used the opportunity to announce it has registered with the UNICEF Child Friendly Cities Initiative and will be working towards full accreditation.

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A month in the Pacific Islands with UNICEF


By Akane Sandom, UNICEF NZ Youth Programme Assistant


The Pacific is well-known to New Zealanders for its picturesque landscapes, strong family ties and fierce rugby competition. This month, however, I was able to experience a different side to the Pacific, spending four weeks with the team in UNICEF Pacific. This gave me a taste of how UNICEF operates in the Pacific and a close look at many of the current issues surrounding child rights in the region.

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Preparing to tackle child poverty globally: three goals for 2015


By David Stewart, Chief of Child Poverty and Social Protection at UNICEF HQ

Children in Mali eat the midday meal offered at their school.

Children in Mali eat the midday meal offered at their school.

In an earlier post, I discussed the renewed emphasis on child poverty in the new development goals over the past year, and why this was a crucial development for children and societies.

The year ahead will be equally important as Member States finalise the new global agenda, including the measurable indicators to track progress, and guide the implementation of the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

In this context three key issues we see for the year ahead:

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