I recently published my first book, Mask Magic, on Amazon. My goal is to make young children more comfortable with the changes they are experiencing due to Covid-19. To celebrate the launch of my book, I am donating my June royalties to UNICEF. I want to share some of the reasons why to draw attention to the great work UNICEF does to protect children globally.
As heart breaking as it is for me as a mother to see how my son is impacted by the cancellation of his school due to Covid-19, the closure of playgrounds, and the social distance from his friends, I am optimistic that we will come through this just fine. We have a safe community and access to clean water, soap, food, and all the necessities of life. I am blessed to live in a country where I have full access to health care and am confident that I can get help if anyone in the family gets ill. I am so very fortunate.
I cannot imagine the pain of a mother in a refugee camp or living in poverty who can access the essential things so necessary to protect her child and keep them safe and healthy. Covid-19 is truly a global crisis and has increased the risks significantly for children and families who were already struggling to survive. Every child deserves to thrive.
According to UNICEF:
- 2.1 billion people lack access to safe water and 4.5 billion people lack access to sanitation
- 1.29 billion children in 186 countries are affected by school closures
- 370 million children are missing school meals and other health and nutrition services
The numbers are staggering. I look at the lovely face of my beautiful son and I yearn to do more.
If this inspires you to donate directly to UNICEF, here is the link:
If you are a parent looking for resources and tips to help your family through Covid-19, check out this great resource page UNICEF developed as well:
Proud to do my small part. Help spread the message on social.
Thanks! Rachel Collins