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UNICEF's corporate partnerships

Louis Vuitton

In 2016 Louis Vuitton partners with UNICEF to support the most vulnerable children around the world. The aim of this global partnership is to raise funds for UNICEF and help support children that are exposed to conflicts, diseases, natural disasters and other situations that threaten their safety and well-being.

Children in emergencies

Children are too often at risk during emergencies and humanitarian crises and are especially vulnerable to disease, malnutrition and violence. For those living in conflict zones, the situation is worse. They are more likely to be denied an education or access to clean water, and more likely to die before their 5th birthday. UNICEF is present before, during and after a crisis, providing children with essential protection, health care, safe water, adequate food and education. UNICEF also addresses the underlying causes of vulnerability to disasters, fragility and conflict in its regular programmes.

The Louis Vuitton-UNICEF partnership

Through the partnership with Louis Vuitton, funds raised support UNICEF’s efforts to help reach all children and especially to provide the essential interventions required to help protect and save children’s lives and to ensure the rights of all children, everywhere. A specially designed product, the Silver Lockit – symbolizing protection and care – is available in Louis Vuitton stores worldwide and on www.louisvuitton.com/lvforunicef. For each sale of the Silver Lockit pendant or bracelet, $200 is donated to UNICEF. The Silver Lockit also symbolizes commitment as it seals one’s promise to help children. Louis Vuitton also encourages its staff members, partners and clients to make direct donations to UNICEF, throughout the year and especially during emergencies.

#MAKEAPROMISE

In the framework of this partnership, Louis Vuitton invites people to join in their promise to help children by linking pinkies with a loved one. This gesture is inspired by children themselves. When they make a promise, they take it very seriously, and they seal it with a “pinky promise”.  These are promises which come straight from the heart. People are invited to make a donation and then share online their promise to help children while tagging friends and encouraging them to #MAKEAPROMISE as well. The aim is to reach out to as many people as possible, raise awareness on the most vulnerable children’s needs and UNICEF humanitarian action, and thrive to make a real difference together.

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Children in emergencies: stories from the field

Syrian Refugees in Turkey - A safe way to school for Kamal

The conflict in Syria, now in its fifth year, has forced 4 million persons to seek refuge outside of the country and more than 7. 6 millions are forcibly displaced inside Syria. Half of them are children living in areas largely cut off from humanitarian assistance due to fighting or other factors.

Looking for peace and security, many of them have found refuge in Turkey. The country is home to the largest refugee population in the world and the number of Syrians registered surpassed 2 million in October 2015– almost 1.2 million are children.

Kamal, a 6 year old Syrian boy fled Aleppo and now lives in Sanliurfa, Turkey. He started school this year. “I am satisfied with the school bus. I have nothing to worry about now,” says Kamal. “I would like to be a pilot when I grow up. Because it’s very nice to fly”.

For Syrian children who have had to flee their homes and struggle to continue their education in Turkey, transport is a big issue. Most of them live in the suburbs of the big cities and their families do not have enough money to pay for transport.

UNICEF and its partners are supporting Syrian children living outside camps in Sanliurfa by transporting them to schools and from school to home. They are providing Syrian children access to quality education and protection to bring back normalcy into their life, and allow them to learn in a safe environment.

In Nepal, twin sisters who survived two earthquakes try to regain their lives.

The earthquakes that struck Nepal on 25 April and 12 May of 2015 and their 380 aftershocks left a devastating effect on the Himalayan nation. Nearly 9,000 people lost their lives while 22,400 people were injured. 1.1 million children were affected by this disaster.

UNICEF has been providing vital humanitarian assistance to those who lost everything in the earthquakes through the distribution of nutrition supplements, drinking water, hygiene kits, and tarpaulins. UNICEF also launched an immunization campaign for more than 500 000 children between 6 and 59 months and set up 22 shelter homes. Besides, UNICEF has been guarantying access to school through the establishment of 1416 Temporary Learning Centers.

Jamuna was at home with her siblings and mother when the first earthquake struck Nepal, and she took control of the situation: “I told them not to worry and advised them to get out of the house as soon as the earth stopped shaking,” Jamuna recalls. When the country was hit by a second earthquake, Jamuna was at her friend’s house. “I was so afraid. I thought the house would collapse,” she says.

She remembers thinking she could die and her parents were not there. Jamuna found her mother, her twin and younger brother safe and alive, but their father was missing. “When he finally showed up, seven hours later, I felt such happiness,” she says with a smile. “That night was spent outside, in one of the city’s tent camps. “I was so afraid that I couldn’t eat or sleep,” Ganga says.  In May 2015, Ganga and Jamuna were living in a tent and they received assistance from UNICEF but Ganga wants her old life back.

Jamuna has many dreams to fulfill. “I want to write and read. I miss the past,” she says. “I heard that being a scientist is a good thing. So I want to study hard and do that in the future.”

SOUTH SUDAN Cholera Outbreak - bringing hope to mothers in South Sudan

The future for a generation of children in South Sudan is being stolen by the two year-long conflict in the country, which has driven hundreds of thousands of children from their homes, schools and communities. 1, 66 million people have been forcibly displaced inside the country since December 2013 including 887,681 children under 18 year-old. These children are subjected to violence, malnutrition and disease: over 1,800 cases of cholera in Juba and Bor have occurred since May 2015.

To prevent a growing epidemic, UNICEF launched a multi- sectoral cholera prevention and response campaign as soon as the first case was declared.

When Thomas, Tabita Juma’s only son, 4 years old, became sick with cholera she was so distraught that she almost lost all hope. Thomas had little defense against the cholera outbreak that came to his village near Torit because of poor hygiene practices and drinking dirty water. But after UNICEF’s social mobilizers came to their area with lifesaving information on treatment, Tabita quickly brought her son to the nearest cholera treatment centre where he fully recovered.

Now Tabita is determined not to let cholera affect her son in the future and has turned to UNICEF for guidance. Our team has explained to her the preventive steps to protect herself and her family from the disease including systematic hand washing with soap before handling food or safe preparation and conservation of food. They have given her soap and aqua tablets to help her access safe water easily and Tabita has changed her ways: while she used to collect water from a seasonal stream beside their home, she now walks 4km every day to get clean water from the nearest treatment point.


 

 

 

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