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March 17, 2014

10 Minutes = 1 Day of Water

The UNICEF Tap Project invites you to go without your phone to help children in need of clean water. Are you up for the challenge?

For every ten minutes you don’t touch your phone, UNICEF Tap Project donors and sponsors can fund one day of clean water for a child in need.* It’s that simple.

Take the Challenge!

Your total time will help UNICEF provide clean water and sanitation to children in need around the world.

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February 24, 2014

Red Hands continue to make a difference: two more member states ratify

On January 15, 2014, St. Lucia ratified the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the involvement of children in armed conflict.

Estonia ratified on February 12, 2014 It is a great start to 2014, as we move forward in raising awareness internationally to protect children from being exploited as soldiers.

This raises to 28 the number of United Nations member states that have ratified the Optional Protocol since Presbyterians became involved in the Red Hands Campaign. There are still 39 United Nations member states left to ratify.

Every effort counts. Keep your Red Hands ...

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October 30, 2013

Celebrate World Day of Prayer and Action for Children and Universal Children's Day

World Day of Prayer and Action logoThe World Day of Prayer and Action for Children is celebrated on Universal Children's Day (20 November) by secular and faith-based organizations working to end violence against children. The World Day brings people together to pray and act for the well-being of children. Universal Children’s Day also commemorates the adoption of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1989

Celebrate the World Day of Prayer and Action on November 20 or on a Sunday before or after that date.

Ideas for prayer and worship

Ideas for action

Groups working on issues affecting children

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October 12, 2013

Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF 2013

Halloween costumes have appeared in New York City. However you observe the holiday, consider participating in Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF this year.

Started by Presbyterians, Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF is a prime fundraiser for the U.S. Fund for UNICEF.

The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) works in more than 190 countries and territories to save and improve children's lives, providing health care and immunizations, clean water and sanitation, nutrition, education, emergency relief and more.

Child in Robin costume from Batman with Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF boxThe U.S. Fund for UNICEF supports UNICEF's work through fundraising, advocacy and education in the United States. UNICEF works toward the day when ...

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July 9, 2013

A prayer for people fleeing violence in the Central African Republic

by Anna Folz

Look with mercy on those who are fleeing from danger, are homeless and hungry. Watch over refugees and victims of war. Look after those who have been separated from their loved ones, their homes and the communities that they have grown to know and love. Watch over those who have been forced to flee from the places in which they feel safe and secure. Pray for those who have fled and now suffer the frustration and pain of refugee status. Pray for those who are presently in the Congo, seeking refuge from violence in their homelands.  Watch ...

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