Sanitation matters: What your online donation can achieve

With the pandemic, vulnerable children in SA are at risk. Each online donation helps UNICEF South Africa reach them with our sanitation campaigns.

Fundraising team
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27 May 2020

As a humanitarian organization, UNICEF South Africa works to promote the rights of every child, so that they can thrive in every area of their lives. This mandate focuses our efforts wherever these rights are being threatened – be it education, nutrition, safety, health or sanitation. Thanks to the help of each online donation, we are also uniquely positioned to provide fast-acting relief in a time of crisis.

As we face the current global pandemic, children in South Africa, living in under-resourced communities, are at particular risk. Without ready access to clean water and sanitation, their right to hygiene and health is compromised, leaving them dangerously exposed to the spread of disease. In response, we have rolled out urgent sanitation campaigns to reach the lives of at-risk children. 

At this time, perhaps more than ever, sanitation matters. What we have been able to achieve - and what we continue to work towards – is only made possible with each online donation that we receive.

Be inspired by how every donation is making the rights of children a tangible reality.

#1 Sanitation Stations: Little Hands Matter

When the coronavirus hit South African shores, UNICEF South Africa jumped into action to support efforts to flatten the curve of the virus and stop the spread of disease to the most vulnerable. With our Little Hands Matter Campaign, we raised R258 369 from individual donors to build EaziWash stations in informal settlements across the country. Each water station features a self-closing and self-cleaning water and liquid soap outlet, thus preventing the spread of the virus through contact and promoting sanitation practices to help children and communities stay safe and protected.

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Every online donation made during this campaign helped make this initiative possible! 

#2 Sanitation Kits: Buckets Of Care

Following on from the successful Little Hands Matter Campaign, we are now going one step further to protect children and give them access to the health and sanitation that they deserve. With our Buckets Of Care Campaign, we will be reaching vulnerable families who do not have access to basic hygiene. In order for children’s rights to be protected, their immediate communities and families need to be empowered with adequate resources. This next phase of our sanitation relief project will provide buckets containing 3 months’ worth of daily hygiene essentials. Each bucket is reusable and has a built-in tap, which allows families to store and use water for sanitation purposes in areas where access to water is not readily available to each household.

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With your online donations, we can reach families across South Africa in these challenging times and spread hope. Keep an eye on Facebook to see the progress of our new #BucketsOfCare Campaign and share with your friends to spread the smiles!

Be part of UNICEF South Africa’s campaign to help families in need. Find out how your online donation will make a difference.

UNICEF South Africa relies on consistent online donations to help us make a sustainable impact in the lives of children.

Consider making an impact with us!