All children have rights which should be respected, protected and fulfilled to ensure they can grow and reach their potential.
H&M has been a global partner of UNICEF since 2004, supporting the organization’s work to ensure children have access to quality education and thrive in a protective environment to bring about positive and long-lasting change in their lives.
Since the partnership began, H&M has contributed US$ 15.3 million to UNICEF’s programmes in Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, India, Madagascar and Uzbekistan, reaching millions of children.
In India, H&M supports a five-year programme (2009-2014) in the Salem and Dharmapuri districts of Tamil Nadu where children make up a significant percentage of the workforce in the cotton fields. The programme - called 'All for Children' – aims to address the root causes of child labour to protect children from working in hazardous conditions and missing out on education. The programme is funded with a US$ 4.5 million donation from H&M and aims to reach 1.7 million of the most vulnerable children and families.
In 2012, H&M made its biggest donation to community investment to date with an US$ 8 million donation to UNICEF for the extension of the the 'All for Children' programme to Bangladesh. Over a six year period, the programme will reach 40,000 children in slums around Dhaka with improved access to quality early learning, pre-primary education, basic primary education, basic life skills and social protection services. In the long term, this project aims to contribute to overall poverty reduction and improved livelihoods for families.
H&M has also supported UNICEF's humanitarian efforts in major emergencies including the 2004 tsunami in South East Asia, the 2010 floods in Pakistan, the earthquake in Haiti, the 2011-2012 drought and famine in the Horn of Africa, the plight of Syrian refugees.
Most recently, H&M China donated US$ 100'000 to UNICEF's ongoing efforts to help thousands of children affected by the powerful earthquake on April 20th in southwestern Sichuan Province in China.
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UNICEF teams up with partners for girls’ education
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