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Monthly donations make lasting change for kids!

Behind every smile are long-term projects and programmes that tackle the root cause of problems affecting children’s present and future. They’re funded by incredible monthly donations, big and small! It's generous kiwis that help us keep fighting the good fight - on a scale like no other.

We may be the world’s largest children’s charity but we don't work in isolation. To better understand the unique needs of every child we work closely with families, communities and governments in over 190 countries - using life-changing monthly donations to plan for the big picture!

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you could protect 50 children against deadly measles.

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Why a monthly donation?

For over 77 years we’ve worked to deliver lasting change for children while also addressing their immediate needs. To move from emergency response to investing, implementing, maintaining, and scaling-up sustainable, innovative solutions requires a steady pool of donations.

Just as donors would carefully plan how much they're able to give monthly, we're strategically mapping out how every dollar can make long-term positive change for kids - for generations to come!


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Keep scrolling to see more of the lasting mahi behind every smile! Kiwis like you are helping build this incredible future for kids all around the world.

Here’s just a glimpse of what long-term innovation looks like in our WATER work!

Global Parent- 3 innovative ways UNICEF is creating sustainable access to water for children


Building endless opportunity

We want each and every monthly donation to be invested in the most innovative ideas that will stand the test of time. These clean green plastic schools really fit the brief.

UNICEF Côte d'Ivoire teamed up with a Colombian social enterprise to transform plastic waste into safe and sustainable materials used to build schools.

This construction method is literally strengthening the foundations of a successful education system while tackling the mounting issue of plastic production and waste management. It's a ground breaking, low-cost and durable solution to solve the classrooms urgently needed in Côte d’Ivoire.

Children are very happy with the construction of their new classes made of plastic bricks, in Sakassou, a village in the center of Côte d'Ivoire.


A giant step forwards

Wanna know what’s behind her smile? Every year UNICEF send around 220 million mosquito nets to kids like 3-year-old Fresia in over 120 countries, to protect them from malaria. Now, thanks to monthly donations, something truly game changing has landed to help protect kids from this life-threatening disease.

We’re currently rolling out 18 million doses of the first-ever malaria vaccine to twelve countries across Africa!

Nearly every minute, a child under 5 years old dies of malaria. For a long time, these deaths have been preventable and treatable - but the roll-out of this vaccine will give children an even better chance at not only surviving, but thriving. This is just the beginning.

The future potential for vaccines is truly unlimited! And we have the receipts to back it up.

Global Parent- 3-year-old Fresia Manrique sits in her room after having been vaccinated against influenza by Nurse Maribel Vilela Grandez from a UNICEF-supported health brigade.


A history of success

We’ve come so far in the fight against disease over the last two hundred years thanks to one of the most successful and cost effective public health interventions - vaccines. In 1980 we used vaccines to eliminate one of the deadliest diseases in the world, smallpox. Now we're on track to do the same with polio!


4-year-old Ajwa’s smile really speaks volumes as she shows off the ink mark on her little finger - a sign of her receiving a polio vaccination.

Ajwa, 4, shows off the ink mark on her little finger, which confirms that she has received polio vaccine.

Maintaining this progress has only been possible as the largest single vaccine buyer in the world, procuring more than 2 billion doses of vaccines annually for routine immunisation and outbreak response on behalf of nearly 100 countries.


It's what helped us launch the largest vaccine operation effort in history at the beginning of the pandemic.

Though our job goes beyond providing vaccines. For over 77 years we've lead routine immunisation drives, strengthened supply chains, engaged governments, built vaccine trust and support in communities, maintained affordability, collected data, monitored the spread of disease, and ensured access for even the hardest-to-reach families.

It's regular monthly donations helping us put all these pieces together. And if our history is anything to go by - it's what will help us overcome malaria too!

Global Parent- A girl watches a man health worker vaccinate her against smallpox.


A little girl in India getting her smallpox vaccination in India, 1961.

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Our development
milestones in 2022

*2023 development milestones will be updated mid 2024

  • UNICEF constructed 1,855 solar water systems - providing safe water to communities, health-care facilities and schools. Our direct support resulted in 5.4 million people using climate-resilient water systems and 3.2 million using climate-resilient sanitation facilities.

  • 182.4 million children under 5 benefited from services for the early prevention, detection and treatment of child wasting - one of the most visible and lethal type of malnutrition. What's more - 356.3 million children benefited from programmes to prevent undernutrition.

  • UNICEF urged every government to endorse and commit to the RAPID agenda: Reach and retain every child in school; Assess learning levels; Prioritise teaching the fundamentals; Increase catch-up learning and progress beyond what was lost; and Develop psychosocial health and well-being so every child is ready to learn.

  • UNICEF was awarded a $170 million contract to supply the first-ever malaria vaccine. The landmark award will lead to the availability of 18 million doses over the next three years, potentially saving thousands of lives every year. Furthermore 67 countries have integrated mental health services into primary health care, including through school and digital platforms since 2021.
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We’re committed to transparency. To see how we split up expenses and manage our costs, read our annual report or visit UNICEF Open to see a live overview of all our projects.

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UNICEF Aotearoa is a registered charity with the New Zealand Charities Commission (CC35979), making you eligible for a tax refund of up to a third of your donation. All transactions are billed in New Zealand dollars.

UNICEF Aotearoa operates from Level 5, 86 Victoria Street, Wellington 6011, New Zealand.