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Children on the move

What can I do?


For every child, a fair chance. For every child, an #ActofHumanity

Children on the move are the first to be affected by war, conflict, climate change and poverty. The last thing they need is to be labeled or mistreated. Whether they are refugees, or migrants, asylum seekers or displaced people, they are first and foremost children.

Responding to these children – at home and globally – is a shared responsibility since no one is untouched by the reach and force of the crises that drove these children from their homes. Whether it is a national response – the work of communities and groups working together – or individual kind actions in our streets or schools, we can all do our part.

Inspire the world with an #actofhumanity

Get inspired here:
Gathering hope for an intangible future
We are all immigrants
Inspring teen speaks at UN a year after fleeing Syria
#SaveAleppo: Help save our humanity
“boundless plains to share”
Welcoming refugees
“We will give him a family”
#ChildrenFirst Vigil
My wish for refugee and migrant children
Football haircuts for all! Barber helps young refugees in Greece
Germany and foreigners
Refugees welcome: A story about fear and love
Mexicans, not aliens
Obligation to refugees
How a Parisian football team is giving young migrants a new lease on life
Stand with Team Refugees
Norwegian man welcomes refugees with open arms
One Syrian refugee and filmmaker’s inspiring #actofhumanity

An act of humanity

Here are some ideas to get you started:
On your own:

  • SHARE:  Visit UNICEF Facebook and spread the word by sharing stories about acts of humanity to inspire others.
  • DEFINE:  Tell us what an act of humanity is.
  • LOOK:  If you notice an act of humanity in your community, whether by friends or strangers, share it on social media with #ActofHumanity.
  • HELP:  Contribute to projects for refugees, like Refugee Phrasebook, a site made by German volunteers to help refugees find the right words to start their new lives.
  • LEARN:  Stay smart by keeping up with the refugee and migrant crisis in the news and share what you’ve learned with others. Knowledge is the first step to empathy.
  • DISCUSS:  Encourage people to talk to their friends — at dinner, in school, at university — about solutions to challenging public problems.

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A heart adorns a door to a household in Domiz Refugee Camp in Dohuk, Iraq.

With a group:

  • Fight Stigma: Learn the facts about conflicts that have led refugees to leave their homes and struggles they have faced along the way. Find out what support your government is offering to refugees. Misinformation spreads when people are anxious about a changing situation and facts can help you dispel rumors or myths. Share your findings on Facebook.
  • Educate: If you’re a teacher, hold a class to educate your students about refugee issues and give them an assignment to build empathy. If you’re a student, speak to your teacher about organizing a special class like this, or a special assembly or campaign. You can check out these materials to get started.
  • Collect: Most refugees arrive in their new cities with very few belongings. Does your town have organizations or collection points to gather supplies? Contact organisations already helping them and to find out what is really needed. It’s best to know before you buy!
  • Volunteer with a group: Find reputable organizations in your city that are helping refugees to adapt to their new lives. Find out what skills and help these organizations need – some may be looking for people with specialized skills, others may just require your time commitment. Make sure that you are aware of how much of a time commitment you can make.
  • Connect: If you’re a student and are part of a student society, organize a “meet-and-greet” activity where students and refugees can meet up and informally get to know each other.
  • City Tour: If you love your city, rave about it and all it has to offer: organize a walking tour for refugees, making them familiar with their new surroundings and showing them the 10 most interesting and useful spots (here are a couple of examples from Berlin and Sofia).



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