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UNICEF in Latin American and the Catholic Church: Working for the Children

Already 20 years have passed since the Catholic Church and UNICEF began working together to find a way to limit the current and especially the future impact of extreme and absolute poverty on boys and girls in Latin America and the Caribbean.

We have especially focused on 5 fields:

  • Survival and child development
  • Promotion and defense of children’s rights
  • Education for peace, democracy and development
  • Preventive education in risk situations
  • Pastoral / Ministry to persons living with HIV/AIDS

The road we have traveled has provided hope and concrete answers for thousands of boys and girls, adolescents, mothers and families, through the services that the Episcopal Conferences and specific churches offer daily to the most vulnerable and needy in all of Latin America.

The following stories are just a small sample of the work carried out during these years by UNICEF and the Catholic Church;  they are a witness to and an inspiring voice for continuing our work with the spirit for the children and adolescents in our region, that they may day by day have more “life and life in abundance.”

To continue with this alliance is our responsibility and commitment that we enthusiastically and generously assume.

Mons. Jorge E. Jiménez C.                           
Bishop of Zipaquira, Colombia            
President   of CELAM     

Per Egenbak             
UNICEF Regional Director for
Latin America and the Caribbean

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