Impact for Children in 2023 

Impact for Children in 2023  

From clean water to warm clothing, life-saving food and psycho-social support, donations to UNICEF help children not only survive, but thrive.

When you donate to UNICEF, your money will be used to deliver essential aid to children during their most vulnerable moments.

In 2023 alone, our supporters have achieved so much for children.

  • In Turkey, 1,383,373 accessed safe drinking water when they needed it most.
  • In Syria, 607, 524 people received water and hygiene supplies
  • In Ukraine, 410,000 children and caregivers were helped at Blue Dot Centres in Poland
  • In Sudan, 250,000 children received life-saving RUTF

Continue reading to discover the real-life results achieved for children in 2023.

Become a UNICEF donor today and be a lifeline for children in need. 

Turkey: Emergency humanitarian aid

A group of boys with clean drinking water in south-east Turkey

On the 6th of February, two massive earthquakes hit southern Turkey and north-west Syria devastating the lives of millions of children. The resulting destruction was quick and profound. Homes were destroyed, schools ruined and hospitals reduced to rubble. Families and children lost everything in a matter of minutes.

Within hours of the earthquake, donations were reaching children on the ground. Our supporters provided safe-drinking water, medicines, shelter, hygiene supplies and much more. Without their support, children in Syria and Turkey would have been forced to drink dirty, unsafe water.

We’re so grateful to all of our supporters. It’s thanks to you that UNICEF could deliver clean water to more than 2 million children, and their families, across Syria and Turkey.

Best-selling author and UNICEF Ambassador Cathy Kelly visited south-east Turkey to witness the impact of earthquakes on families and children’s lives.
While heartbroken by the tragic consequences, she was inspired by the positive impact of donations.


“It was a joy to see children smiling and playing again after everything they had suffered.”

- Cathy Kelly


Syria: Clean water and sanitation

Aisha, 10, stands next to a water tank in Syria.

Recent earthquakes in Syria have caused significant damage to the country’s sanitation infrastructure, resulting in millions of children being deprived of access to safe drinking water.

Donors support has enabled the rehabilitation of water, sanitation, and hygiene facilities in four major shelters in Sida’s city. Additionally, five prefabricated showers and toilets were installed, and thousands of families were reached with hygiene kits containing essential items like soap, towels, and shampoo.

Thanks to our donors, we’ve been able to provide over half a million people with access to clean water and safe sanitation in Syria since the earthquakes struck.

Your support can change the future of a child’s life.

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Ukraine: A safe space to rest and play

Lviv thanks to donors like you, art therapy is helping traumatised children recover.

One of the ways donations are helping children to survive the continuing trauma of war is through Blue Dot centres. These hubs provide temporary lodging, meals, travel information, emotional support and other services, including Child Friendly Spaces.

These are cheerful playrooms for children, fitted out with colourful child-size furniture, toys and art supplies.Children can play and take part in creative activities like painting and drawing. The centres provide a way for children to relax, express themselves and cope with the trauma they have faced.

More than 410,000 children have visited a Blue Dot hub since the escalation of war in Ukraine. Every child who passes through is given a warm welcome, a place to rest, play and simply BE a child again. Our supporters have made that possible and for that we say thank you.

Sudan and Yemen: Life-saving therapeutic food

16-month-old Mona nibbles on a sachet of ready-to-use-therapeutic food in Sudan

In Sudan and Yemen where the global hunger crisis has brought millions of children to the brink of starvation, our donor’s help is providing a vital lifeline.

When thousands of cartons of life-saving peanut paste known as Ready-to-Use Therapeutic Food (RUTF) were destroyed in Sudan, it was our donors that made sure 14,500 dangerously malnourished children got the food they so desperately needed. With help from supporters, UNICEF was able to rush 34,000 cartons of RUTF immediately from a supply centre in France, and another 81,000 shortly thereafter.

Knowing there is unwavering support of generous supporters like you, makes all the difference to our staff in Sudan, Yemen and around the world, who continue to risk their lives to help children in urgent need. All over the world, children are alive and thriving because of the donations you make.

Provide children with the opportunity to survive, have a childhood, and a bright future.

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