The Greatest Need

For children facing disaster, disease or conflict – you’ll be protecting them and keeping them safe wherever they are in world.


About this appeal

Donate now to ensure emergency supplies are on hand for children and families when disaster, disease, or conflict strikes.

What is UNICEF NZ's Greatest Need Appeal?

When disaster, disease, or conflict strikes, UNICEF is there to save and protect children – no matter the circumstance. And right now, as the world battles with the COVID-19 pandemic, our life-saving work for children has never been more critical.

Donations to UNICEF NZ's Greatest Need Appeal ensure that UNICEF can work around the clock to deliver essential supplies to children and families who need it most at any given time.

COVID-19 has put a huge strain on our resources and demand has risen from pre-outbreak levels. Meanwhile, millions of children continue to be uprooted, affected by wars, struggle to find food and die from preventable causes.

The need for your support has never been greater, but together we can save lives.

Please donate now and help save and protect the world’s most vulnerable children.

Appeal information updated 2nd June 2021.

Your life-saving monthly donations will support this appeal for 6 months. After that they will go into our Global Parent fund to save and protect children worldwide.


How will you help

Donations to our Greatest Need Appeal are crucial to save and protect the world's most vulnerable children.

Caring supporters like you ensure we can deliver life-saving aid where children need us, when they need us most.

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UNICEF is helping children like Ence (6) recover from the devastating earthquake and tsunami that hit Sulawesi, Indonesia.

Your donation could help protect children and families affected by various calamities, such as providing aid to fight the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, providing life-saving emergency supplies to Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh, vaccinating kids in the Pacific Islands, and much much more.

Your donation can and will make a difference for vulnerable children around the world.

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Appeal updates

Attacks on water infrastructure have deadly consequences for children.

Published on Thu May 27 2021

Protecting water and sanitation services is critical to the survival of millions of children. This can be difficult in areas with conflict that heavily interrupts water and sanitation services. This often occurs when infrastructure is destroyed or damaged, or when access to power or chemical supplies is interrupted, or even when the conflict prevents the operators from operating the systems.

“Access to water is a means of survival that must never be used as a tactic of war,” say UNICEF Director of Emergency Programmes, Manuel Fontaine.

“Attacks on water and sanitation infrastructure are attacks on children. When the flow of water stops, diseases like cholera and diarrhoea can spread like wildfire, often with fatal consequences."

A donation to UNICEF’s Greatest Need Appeal will help UNICEF bring clean drinking water, toilets and handwashing facilities to children who are missing out.

In 2020, UNICEF led emergency water, sanitation and hygiene responses in 120 countries, reaching 39 million people with clean water and nearly 7 million with sanitation services.

A devastating double emergency: Cyclone Amphan amid the COVID-19 pandemic

Published on Thu May 21 2020

Cyclone Amphan made landfall along the eastern India and Bangladesh coastline on 20th May 2020, bringing with it strong winds and lashing rain that uprooted trees and toppled dwellings in both countries.

The region, with 58 million people in the two bordering countries, has some of the most vulnerable communities in South Asia - poor fishing communities in the Sunderbans and over a million Rohingya refugees in Cox's Bazar.

Bangladesh evacuated 2.4 million people to shelters, while another 650,000 people were moved to safety in the eastern Indian states of Odisha and West Bengal, an operation carried out amid surging COVID-19 infections.

Now Cyclone Amphan has weakened prevention measures and made some, such as self-isolation and social distancing near impossible, the threat of COVID-19 has only grown more severe.

UNICEF is on the ground delivering life-saving aid – especially in Cox’s Bazar where some of the most vulnerable refugee families are struggling to survive. Please donate now and help save and protect children.

Protecting children in refugee camps from coronavirus (COVID-19)

Published on Mon Mar 30 2020

Strong hygiene practices are the best defence against the transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19). However in refugee camps, such as the Rohingya camps in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, this poses a formidable challenge.

The risk for any infectious disease transmission is continuously high in the densely populated camps, which are home to 850,000 Rohingya refugees, over half of whom are children.

Alongside vaccines for deadly diseases like polio, measles and cholera, UNICEF is ensuring children understand the importance of handwashing and have access to soap and clean water.

Please make a donation now to UNICEF and help protect the world's most vulnerable children.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Explained:

Published on Thu Mar 19 2020

What is the novel coronavirus (COVID-19)?

The 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new virus linked to the same family of viruses as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and some types of common cold.

What are the symptoms of novel coronavirus?

Symptoms can include fever (38°C), cough and shortness of breath. In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia or severe breathing difficulties. However, these symptoms do not necessarily mean you have coronavirus (COVID-19), as they are similar to other illnesses that are much more common, such as cold and flu.

What should I do if a family member displays symptoms?

Act on advice of the government. If you have symptoms and have recently been to a country or area of concern, or have been in close contact with someone confirmed with COVID-19, please telephone Healthline (for free) on 0800 358 5453 or your doctor immediately.

How is the novel coronavirus spread?

The virus is transmitted through direct contact, respiratory droplets like coughing and sneezing, and touching surfaces contaminated with the virus. It is not yet known how long the virus survives on surfaces, but simple disinfectants can kill it.

Should I wear a face covering?

Wearing a face covering helps keep you and others safe.

A face covering helps stop droplets spreading, which may be one way to limit the spread of COVID-19. Advice and regulations on wearing face coverings can be found on the NZ Government's official COVID-19 website and should be referred to as situations or Alert Levels change.

If face coverings are worn, they must be used and disposed of or cleaned properly to ensure their effectiveness and to avoid any increased risk of transmitting the virus.

The use of a face covering alone is not enough to stop infections and must be combined with frequent hand washing, covering sneezes and coughs, and avoiding close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms (coughing, sneezing, fever).

Your support will give children

  • Life-saving medicines

  • Safe Spaces & Shelter

  • Nutritious food

  • Clean water

As a monthly supporter, you’ll receive

  • News & Updates

  • Annual Tax Receipt

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