What has happened
Super Typhoon Haiyan – one of the strongest storms ever to make landfall – has brought terrible destruction to the Philippines. Thousands are feared dead. 5.5 million children have been affected by the typhoon.
These children desperately need shelter, clean water, medicine, and nutrition. Although 60 metric tons of emergency supplies arrived in the first wave, it isn't enough. UNICEF's resources in the Philippines are exhausted. More help is desperately needed to save children's lives.
How your school can help
1. Set a fundraising target
- $68.00 can provide 150 allotments of high-calorie food, saving the life of a child suffering from acute malnutrition
- $133.29 can provide a Family Water Kit which contains 20 collapsible plastic water containers, which hold 10 liters of drinking water each; 500 water purifying tablets to prevent the outbreak of water-borne illnesses such as cholera and typhoid; and several bars of soap for washing
- $213.34 will provide a School-In-A-Box kit, helping 80 children to continue their education in the middle of a disaster
- $1,933.51 can provide a UNICEF Tent, where uprooted children can eat a nutritious meal, receive urgent health care, go to school, or sleep safely
2. Plan your fundraiser. Choose from these suggestions, or design your own:
Simple collections: Obtain permission to organize a money collection at your school. (Supplies, while well intended, do not have the same immediate impact, and UNICEF will not accept these donations.) Choose well-attended areas, such as in the cafeteria, at sports events or in other high-traffic areas.
Pancake breakfasts: These are typically a high-profit fundraisers and can be a great community outreach event.
Coffeehouse: Have an art exhibit, poetry and prose readings, and performances by student bands or individual musicians, and of course serve great coffee and snacks.
Student-faculty benefit match: Students can challenge faculty and staff to a basketball or volleyball tournament. Charge admission to the game.
Online fundraiser: Using the UNICEF High School Clubs' Crowdrise page (which doesn't require donors to be in a UNICEF High School Club, or even in high school), you can create a team and easily track progress.
3. Click here for an application to hold a UNICEF fundraiser. Once your application is submitted, it will be reviewed and we will determine if we are able to assist you in your efforts.
4. Have your fundraiser! You can advertise it around your school with the downloadable poster at the top of this page. Just click on it to download it, and fill it in with the details of your fundraiser.
5. Remit funds to the U.S. Fund for UNICEF for us to transfer to UNICEF (UNICEF does not accept donations directly). Donate online or by calling 1.800.FOR.KIDS (1.800.367.5437) to donate by phone, or click here for our donation form.
Please also visit our Emergencies topic for resources for educators and families on addressing natural disasters. Thank you for your efforts to develop young global citizens and empower them to take action on behalf of their peers in the Philippines.