We were all children once. 

Remember the joy of climbing a tree, reading your first book or feeling safe in your mum’s arms?  

Childhood is a magical time of wonder, happiness and learning.  

UNICEF believes these are fundamental human rights: children’s rights.

For millions of children around the world, there’s no such thing as a childhood.  War, work or grinding poverty mean that far too many are denied their basic right to be children.  

We’re working hard to change this picture.  In 194 countries, UNICEF brings seven decades of experience protecting children and helping them reach their full potential.

UNICEF is a conduit for all of us who want a better world.  We help kids be kids.  

But we can’t do this alone.  We need your support to reach every child.  With you we can ensure that for every child, they have a childhood.

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What we do for children

Seven decades of experience has taught us to focus on four main areas for helping children. Child protection, child survival, education and emergencies. Guided by the UN frameworks UNICEF delivers high quality projects to kids around the world to keep them safe and get them an education.

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Where the money goes

We raised over NZ$10 million last year to help children. Right now, those funds are out in the field changing lives. UNICEF blends the efficiency of a global organisation with the understanding of a local community group. Independently audited, fully transparent and internationally renowned, UNICEF works hard to maximise the impact of every dollar spent to make sure that it’s reaching the kids who need it most. Thousands of projects in hundreds of countries is not an easy story to tell but we can show you exactly where you donation is going and how the money is educating and protecting children all over the world.

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In the aftermath of WW2, world leaders set up UNICEF to help feed and clothe the millions of children displaced and affected by the war. It soon became clear that UNICEF was needed as a permanent institutions to help children everywhere. From famines to disasters, to building schools and providing clean water, UNICEF stepped up to the global challenge and was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1965. Recent decades have seen shift in focus to child survival and reducing infant mortality but the core intention of helping children remains. Read more about the fascinating history of UNICEF and help us write the next chapter in this incredible story.

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UNICEF is proud to be part of the United Nations.  The UN represents humanity's aspirations for a better world.  Cooperation, consultation and a belief in a peaceful future are historic projects we’re honored to be part of.  Being part of the UN has lots of advantages.  UNICEF supplies don’t get bogged down in customs so we can get them quickly to the kids who need it most. 

UNICEF can work in places most NGO’s can’t go, like disasters or war zones so we make sure that no child is left behind.  The alliance with the UN gives UNICEF access to some of the best minds and best practices in the world so we’re always at the cutting edge of what’s best for children.  

While UNICEF has a mandate from the UN, it operates independently. Some of the work is funded by governments but most of the work is only possible because of individual donations of caring people like you.


Our Staff

To help kids in 194 countries, UNICEF needs some of the best, brightest and warm hearted folks around. The team in NZ are a pretty special bunch, standing together for every child

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