2020 tested children to their limits. COVID-19 brought misery and fear. Hunger and disease threatened the smallest and weakest, while bullets and bombs brought terror and pain to many.

Throughout all of this, you were there, helping children in emergencies survive. By working together with UNICEF, your donations have helped children in Syria, Yemen, Lebanon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Mozambique, Brazil, Venezuela, Rwanda, South Sudan, India, Myanmar and Bangladesh in 2020.

With a new year upon us, we still need your support to ensure ALL children are protected from COVID-19, violence, hunger and disease. 

Your donations have helped children in emergencies right around the world and back again, but we still need your support.

Protect Children Like Shawqi

Conflict in Yemen escalated in 2015, causing what is now the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.

The situation remains desperate with 1 in 3 children at immediate risk of acute malnutrition.

In 2020, with your help, we screened more than 2 million children under five for malnutrition. 154,891 of those children had severe acute malnutrition and were admitted to a therapeutic care, saving their lives

One-year-old Shawqi nearly died from hunger, he was so weak and sick because of severe acute malnutrition.

It was only thanks to his mother’s quick thinking and the amazing efforts of the staff at the nutrition clinic, you help to support, that Shawqi pulled through

yemeni child eats peanut paste
Shawqi, one year old, in the arms of his mother in the Maternal and Childhood Center in Yemen. © UNICEF Yemen/2020/Mahmoud Al-Falsatiny

Vaccines for All

UNICEF has stepped forward to fill a role that no other organization is equipped to do.

Every year, you help us vaccinate millions of children, protecting them from death and disability through safe and affordable vaccines.

Now, with your help, in 2021, we will undertake the largest ever distribution of COVID-19 vaccines to 170 countries right around the world. We will deliver 2 billion vaccines, 245 million treatments and 500 million tests to low and middle-income countries in a safe and equitable way.

To achieve this we need to build a stockpile of 520 million syringes. It’s the largest vaccination procurement and supply operation ever.

UNICEF supporters like you are critical in making this campaign a success. Because of you, the world’s most vulnerable countries will be able to respond, recover and rebuild in the years ahead.


Why Your Donations Matter

Against all odds, in 2020 alone, our generous donors helped to:

Treat 3.7 million children for Severe Acute Malnutrition

Give 73.7 million people access to safe drinking water and sanitation supplies.

Vaccinate 3.4 million children against measles.

But our work’s not done yet.

Unfortunately, millions more children are living in emergency situations. And now with the arrival of COVID-19, vaccinations have never been more important.

Without your support, they’ll face illness without medicine, war without protection and hunger with no relief in sight.

young girl is washing her hands in a refugee camp
“I wash my hands so germs don’t get on them,” says Dareen (6).

How Your Donations Save Lives

€50 could provide 5 children caught up in crisis situations with life-saving emergency food.

€75 could protect 8 children from preventable disease by providing their communities with clean water.

€100 provides enough vaccines to protect 10 children against preventable disease.

Help children struggling to survive by donating now to UNICEF Ireland.

child nutrition
© UNICEF/Mali 2018/Dicko

Other Ways to Donate

You can make a donation by phone, you can reach us on 01 878 3000, our office hours are Monday to Friday 09:00 – 18:00.

You can send your donation by post to


UNICEF Ireland,

33 Lower Ormond Quay,

Dublin D01 R283.

You can help us reach more children affected by conflict and natural disasters. Please donate today and help us protect children in emergencies.

In the unlikely event that the funds raised exceed UNICEF’s funding requirements for any appeal, your donation will be directed to where the need is greatest.