UNICEF – Bangladesh

ISLAMABAD, 31 August 2010 – The Executive Directors of UNICEF and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today called on the international community to step up their support for the victims of the ongoing floods in Pakistan. Anthony Lake of UNICEF and Josette Sheeran of WFP made their call following a joint visit to operations in the Muzzafargarh district of Punjab, one of the worst affected parts of the country. “There is a triple threat unfolding as this crisis widens and deepens,” said Sheeran. “People have lost seeds, crops and their incomes leaving them vulnerable to hunger, homelessness and desperation – the situation is extremely critical. We urgently need continued and strengthened commitment to the people of Pakistan in this time of crisis.” While in the field, the two agency heads visited a school which has been turned into an emergency relief centre, where UNICEF hygiene kits were being handed out to families hit by the floods. They also saw a WFP food distribution that included specialised ready-to-eat foods for infants and young children, designed to prevent the early ravages of malnutrition. WFP has reached three quarters of a million children with nutritious food supplements and nearly 3 million people with a one-month food ration. Malnutrition rates in the flood zone were high before the surge of water displaced millions, leaving young children even more at risk to water-borne diseases. “What I saw today has convinced me that we must step up our humanitarian operations to stave off a potential second wave of disease and misery for millions of families, especially the most vulnerable, children and women,” said Lake. “We are here today and for the long-term, as we plan for the early recovery phase of the operation. ”UNICEF is currently reaching around two million people with clean water every day and through hygiene supplies and assistance in sanitation, is working to prevent serious outbreaks of disease. While WFP and UNICEF are focused on saving lives as people continue to flee the floodwaters, both agencies have already begun projects to repair tube wells and other important infrastructure, as well as assisting farmers in their first efforts to return to their land and prepare the upcoming planting season.

Donate now to support UNICEF’s disaster relief efforts for children in Pakistan.

The Concert For Bangladesh was the event title for two benefit concerts organized by George Harrison and Ravi Shankar, held at noon and at 7:00 p.m. on August 1, 1971, playing to a total of 40,000 people at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Organized for the relief of refugees from East Pakistan (now independent Bangladesh) after the 1970 Bhola cyclone and during the 1971 Bangladesh atrocities and Bangladesh Liberation War, the event was the first benefit concert of this magnitude in world history. It featured an all-star supergroup of performers that included Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, George Harrison, Billy Preston, Leon Russell, Badfinger, and Ringo Starr.
An album was released later in 1971 and a concert film was released in 1972, with later releases for home video. In 2005, the film was re-issued on DVD accompanied by a new documentary.
The concert raised US$243,418.51 for Bangladesh relief, which was administered by UNICEF. Sales of the album and DVD continue to benefit the George Harrison Fund for UNICEF. READ MORE

Legendary Indian musician and peace advocate, Ravi Shankar was honored this Saturday, October 10 with the first ever George Harrison Humanitarian Award. The award was presented by the U.S. Fund for UNICEF and the George Harrison Fund for UNICEF following Shankar’s concert at Carnegie Hall in New York.

Shankar was honored for his unprecedented efforts in saving the lives of children and his involvement with the Concert for Bangladesh—organized by George Harrison and inspired by Ravi Shankar—the Concert marked the first time rock musicians collaborated for a common humanitarian cause.

Click here to see how Ravi and George worked together to execute this historic event.

NEW YORK (September 9, 2008) — In partnership with the U.S. Fund for UNICEF and the Association of College Unions International (ACUI), The George Harrison Fund for UNICEF is now promoting a fundraising challenge on college campuses across America. The Help Us Save Some Lives Campus Challenge runs from September 5, 2008 to February 28, 2009.

GHFFU and ACUI Campus Challenge LogoThe Campus Challenge encourages students to raise awareness and funds to save children around the world. The college campus that raises the most funds postmarked by February 28, 2009 will host a celebrity UNICEF supporter, who will address students on campus. Visit the Campus Challenge online at unicefusa.org/campuschallenge for more information about how to get involved.



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