GFWC United Nations Department Bulletin
24,000—Believe in Zero
"No child should die of a preventable cause. Every day 24,000 do. We believe that number should be zero."- The U.S. Fund for UNICEF
- The good news as of September 10, 2009, is that child mortality has dropped for children under the age of five. Compares to 1990, 10,000 fewer children are dying every day. This is attributed to health interventions such as immunizations, use of insecticide-treated bednets, and Vitamin A supplements. Forty-percent of the world’s under five years-old deaths occur in three countries: India, Nigeria, and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
- Current information can be found on their website, http://www.unicefusa.org/campaigns/believe-in-zero/message.html, by writing to the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, 125 Maiden Lane, New York, New York, 10038, or calling 1-800/FOR-KIDS (1-800/367-5437).
- Trick or Treat Boxes can be ordered by calling UNICEF. Bring the boxes to your schools, club meetings, district meetings, and state meetings. Send one check to the U.S. Fund for UNICEF at the address above.
- Remember World Food Day is in October by bringing food to a local pantry or shelter.
- Celebrate United Nations Day, October 24th with an international dinner menu. Invite other clubs to participate.
- CEDAW, the convention on the elimination of all forms of discrimination against women, has not come for a vote in the Senate and has yet to be ratified. Please send letters to your congressmen asking them to support this resolution.
- UNIFEM, the United Nations Development Fund for Women, addresses violence against women, which you can read more about on their website, www.SayNoToViolence.org.
- Purchase gifts for family and friends through UNICEF’s Inspired Gifts Program.
- Tap into the "Tap Project" for UNICEF.