YLHS Key Club is currently holding a fundraiser for UNICEF. Photo courtesy of The Eliminate Project

Mabel Ra, Photojournalist

United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) is an organization dedicated to working with and for children. While many different organizations exist in the world, UNICEF’s main focus is on the support and insurance of the care of all children.

Originating back in 1946, UNICEF was first founded to help children who were affected by World War II in Europe, China, and the Middle East. In 1953, the group broadened their aims to helping children all across the world. Working in more than 190 countries, UNICEF strives to help children in the aspects of child rights, proper health care, nutrition, water and sanitation supply, education, and protection.

According to the Key Club organization, “[UNICEF] works with other United Nations bodies, governments and non-governmental organizations to assist in children’s needs through community-based services in primary health care, basic education, and safe water and sanitation in more than 150 developing countries.” Through these benefits, children are able to have access to basic needs, like rights, health, and education. UNICEF serves children to secure a comfortable and deserving life for them. Right now, some of UNICEF’s many projects include helping with the Hurricane Matthew destruction, children in Syria and Haiti, and cholera outbreak in Yemen.

Right now, Yorba Linda High School’s Key Club is holding a fundraiser for one cause of UNICEF. Named “Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF,” the goal of this is to collect donations during Halloween and trick-or-treating events, which will enable the further benefits to children. Vice President of the Key Club Division for Yorba Linda High School, Katrina Wynn (10) says, ”I feel like the fundraiser for UNICEF is a great way for Key Club to make an impact outside of our school. Through donations, we are able to provide medical services to children living in third world countries. I strongly believe in helping all children no matter the circumstance, and I’m glad that I can contribute to this cause.” With the fundraising money earned from the event, UNICEF will join with The Eliminate Project to save mothers and their children from maternal and neonatal tetanus. Starting in the year 1994, the Key Club organization has accumulated a near total of five million dollars to donate to UNICEF.

UNICEF is a great organization for children; thousands of children worldwide are able to receive benefits and guidance through UNICEF’s help. Mustangs, don’t forget to find your nearest Key Club member, and donate money that goes to a good cause.