UNICEF's humanitarian workers in the world's toughest emergencies
UNICEF staff is on the ground in humanitarian emergencies working to reach children and families with life-saving support
Humanitarian action is at the core of UNICEF's work. Our staff is on the ground before, during, and after emergencies, working to reach children and families with life-saving support. UNICEF's humanitarians deliver child-centered response in the world's toughest humanitarian crises.
Humanitarians around the world work tirelessly to save lives and bring hope to people in need. On the World Humanitarian Day, we celebrate all humanitarian aid workers for their dedication and commitment in reaching those most in need - no matter what. We asked UNICEF colleagues to share what motivates them and what makes them proud to be humanitarian workers. This is what they said:
"I believe in the power of change and doing my best, because every action we do can make a difference in a child's life. Being with UNICEF, is a way of life not a job. We live by our core values and do our best to advocate for a better life for every child."
"I enjoy the moments I spend with young people. I try to understand their aspirations and to contribute to achieving them because I like to remember that I was like them not so long ago. And when I walk into a classroom and see the smile of a little girl or boy, my day is fulfilled."
"The best part of my day? Being on the southern border of Mexico supporting local governments so that their actions benefit and protect children; seeing girls and boys happy, knowing that the work I do, I do it for them - definitely PRICELESS"
"When I see the joy on the faces of the kids in the newly constructed classrooms, it signifies how much UNICEF cares - and this makes me keep climbing those mountains"
“I am proud to be part of a team that ensures the inclusion of children with disabilities in the education system and that they have access to learning that enables them to achieve their full potential.”
"I have been in the humanitarian field for 7 years helping children access care. We face many challenges in terms of humanitarian access but we are always thinking about strategies to reach vulnerable communities."
"The crisis in South Sudan has protracted into a deepening children’s crisis. I work to make sure that our efforts provide the crisis-affected children with safe, protective spaces."