Why I chose UNICEF as the charity for the month of June.

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

Source: https://www.unicef.org/appeals/covid-2019.html

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: 

https://www.unicef.org/appeals/covid-2019.html

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:

https://www.unicef.org/parenting/coronavirus-covid-19-guide-parents

Proud to do my small part. Help spread the message on social.

Thanks! Rachel Collins

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