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Nigerians donate N15 Million to UNICEF for Haiti

ABUJA, 12 March 2010—On the two-month anniversary of the massive earthquake that hit Haiti, UNICEF Nigeria thanks the schools, individuals and companies here for their generous donation of more than N15 million to UNICEF's earthquake relief work in Haiti.

The generosity of these donors, including the staff members of Intercontinental Bank Plc, the staff members of GT Bank, The Fountain of Life Church, The American International School Abuja and the Nnamdi Azikiwe University community, brings much needed support for UNICEF's work to provide relief to Haiti's children who have been particularly affected.

UNICEF Representative, Dr. Suomi Sakai notes that, “the contribution from Nigeria is part of the global donations that helped UNICEF procure supplies to send Haitian children back to school; immunise more than 500,000 children under seven years old against measles, rubella, diphtheria, tetanus and whooping cough; and provide safe drinking water and latrines for persons still in temporary shelters.”

The January 12 earthquake caused large scale destruction of lives and infrastructure. More than 200,000 Haitians lost their lives and means of livelihood in the aftermath of the quake.

UNICEF continues to provide urgently needed basic medical and health supplies, temporary shelter, safe water, and hygiene and sanitation supplies to respond to the needs of children and women in Haiti.

About UNICEF

UNICEF is on the ground in over 150 countries and territories to help children survive and thrive, from early childhood through adolescence. The world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments.

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