UNICEF is active in over 190 countries, protecting children, defending their rights, and helping them reach their full potential. Mrs. Safra and the Edmond J. Safra Foundation regularly support UNICEF’s humanitarian work by funding the distribution of thousands of mosquito nets, winter survival packs (including blankets, nutritional supplements, and water purification tabs), milk and food packages, vaccinations, and early childhood development kits.
In addition, the Foundation has assisted UNICEF during particularly difficult crises. In April and May 2015, two massive earthquakes struck Nepal, taking the lives of more than 9,000 people – a third of them children. In the immediate aftermath, nearly one million children were forced out of school and essential services were profoundly impacted. UNICEF mobilized an emergency response: it distributed live-saving supplies, provided clean water to communities, set up tents to treat the injured, screened children for acute malnutrition, and established temporary learning centers to provide children with safe learning spaces and education supplies as well as psychosocial counselling.
In 2017, a lethal combination of drought and conflict resulted in famine and displacement of millions of people in Nigeria, South Sudan, and Somalia. Over one million children risked starvation, leading the Foundation to support UNICEF as it provided treatment for malnutrition, health services to over 5.4 million women and children, access to safe drinking water for over 2.2 million people, and immunization against infectious disease.