UNICEF on Campus @ University of Calgary

November 2nd, 2009

A UNICEF Success Story from Nicaragua

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In Nicaragua, growing environmental degradation and poor hygiene practices exacerbate poverty, diseases and vulnerability to disasters. A third of the population has no access to sustainable sources of drinking water and while it is reported that more than 75 percent of the country’s rural population has access to sanitation facilities, latrine use is low. However, for those living in the northern and southern Atlantic regions of the country, they are far below the national averages, with only 18 percent having access to water and 20 percent having access to sanitation.

Thanks to the support of Tap Project donors like you, UNICEF is working to overcome these challenges in these regions by implementing culturally–sensitive tactics for the promotion of hygiene and environmental sanitation in communities and schools. These programs aim to reach 1,400 people by giving them access to safe sanitation facilities in their households.

In addition, local communications campaigns will stress the importance of a healthy home environment and will seek to increase the knowledge and adoption of proper household hygiene and sanitation. Likewise, the program will provide 400 school children with access to safe water and sanitation facilities in their school. This will coincide with the teaching of healthy hygiene habits by teachers and will be reinforced through promotional materials made available through this program.

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October 26th, 2009

A UNICEF Success Story from Iraq

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The national water networks in Iraq have suffered greatly as a result of the country’s long economic deprivation, and have fallen into disrepair. Even before the start of the Iraq war in 2003, millions of people were struggling with broken pipes and faulty systems. But, years later, Iraq’s water problems have multiplied.

Proper hygiene and access to safe drinking water continue to be high priorities for Iraqi families. During difficult times, many families, especially those that have been displaced by the conflict, have had to stretch scarce household resources to find safe drinking water; something that should be readily accessible to all. Young children are hardest hit by shortages of safe drinking water and can be very susceptible to waterborne illnesses and related malnutrition. These illnesses and the resulting malnutrition can undermine the healthy growth of these children and keep them from attending school.

Thanks to the support of Tap Project donors like you, UNICEF is assisting the government and other partners with their ability to respond to the water and hygiene needs of more than 80,000 children and women affected by emergencies in the central and southern regions of Iraq. A key priority is improving access to and storage of safe drinking water with the provision of supplies such as water purification tablets and jerry cans.

In addition, distribution of key provisions, such as sanitary napkins, garbage bags, disinfectants and soap enable them to follow proper hygiene practices, which helps prevent the spread of infectious diseases. These efforts not only keep people healthy, but, more importantly, they improve their overall quality of life.

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October 19th, 2009

A UNICEF Success Story from Guatemala

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Of Guatemala’s 13 million people, 22 percent live in extreme poverty in rural areas and many lack access to safe water sources and are unaware of proper sanitation techniques. Young children are very vulnerable to waterborne diseases, such as diarrhea, and the simple habit of washing hands with soap could halve the number of child deaths due to diarrhea each year. Teaching children simple, healthy habits and the importance of proper hygiene at an early age can prevent illness or death and improve their quality of life.

Thanks to the support of Tap Project donors like you, UNICEF is working in cooperation with local governments and communities in the highland and coastal areas of the country to improve the water supply and sanitation facilities at 50 primary schools. In addition to these activities, a related education and awareness campaign will ensure that this work continues to have lasting effects on the 50,000 primary school children and 15,000 men and women in these communities. These programs will empower children, teachers and community leaders to be advocates for the promotion and conservation of safe water and proper sanitation habits, as well as pave the way to healthier lives.

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October 13th, 2009

Reminders 10-13-09

Hey UNICEF-ers,

We hope you guys enjoyed your Thanksgiving weekend, here are a few things that we’re up to in the next weeks!

The Loonie Walk for Water – Once again, a reminder that there is an info-session meeting for the Loonie Walk for Water event happening this Wednesday at 5:30 in MSC 297 (located at the SU offices). Please come out if you’re interested in joining the Loonie Walk for Water event! If you’re not able to make the meeting but still want to participate in the event on October 30th at 12-1, you may contact one of our project managers to arrange a time to obtain your pledge sheets!

The Pumpkin Carve – Halloween is closing in quickly and what better way to usher in the festivities than with a pumpkin carve! Our annual Pumpkin Carve event is happening on Thursday Oct 29th at the Science Foyer from 10am-4pm. Come down and show your creativity by carving an awesome design or even volunteer in the setup and take-down of the event! If you’re unable to volunteer that day, come down anyways and vote for the best design!

UNICEF on Campus @ U of C Fundraising Goal for Fall ’09 – Through all the excitement about our upcoming events, we forgot to mention our financial goal for the Fall ’09 semester. We’ve set a goal of $1500 and while it seems like a lofty goal, it’s definitely achievable, especially with the General Membership this year! It was originally set with the purchase of 3 water pumps in mind but since inflation reared its ugly head, the amount will only cover the construction of two. However, this does not mean that the excess funds will go to waste! The surplus money can go towards buying cheaper items such as water sanitation tablets and clean water supplies, so let’s beat expectations for the kids of developing nations!

That’s all for now, stay tuned for more info!

– UNICEF on Campus Executive Team

October 12th, 2009

A UNICEF Success Story from Cote d’Ivoire

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In Brobo Village in the Cote d’Ivoire, Suzanne and Claudia, age 13 and 11 respectively, are eager to show their homework to their teachers.  The routine of going to school, however, is a recent development.  In the past, the girls woke up at four in the morning to get to the nearest water pump (3 miles away) and return home by 7 a.m.  During droughts, fetching water could take a whole day—the only alternative was the nearest pond, often the cause of severe health problems.

“We know that drinking water from a pond and cooking with it often makes people sick,” says Suzanne.  “But sometimes we just have no choice… If there is nothing else than water coming from ponds, we’d rather get sick than die from thirst.”

UNICEF has supported installation of two new water pumps in Brobo—including one at the school compound that allows 1,200 pupils to drink potable water.

“The clear water we get at school tastes so much better than the muddy water we used to get at the pond,” Claudia mentions.  “And now, since we don’t have to walk as far as before to fetch water, I finally get to go to school every day,” she says.

More than eight million people in the Cote d’Ivoire lack appropriate sanitation facilities, and over four million people still use unsafe drinking water sources.  UNICEF repaired around 2,330 village pumps in 2006 and 2007.  In addition, more than 1,833 water–management village committees were reactivated in 2007.  UNICEF also improved the water supply in two hospitals and five health centers while an additional 27 health centers are currently undergoing rehabilitation.

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