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UNICEF HK Make a Video Contest

13 Jul

Since 2012, the Hong Kong Committee for UNICEF (UNICEF HK) has been organizing Make A Video to encourage youth to express their views through over 200 videos. This year, co-organized by Hong Kong Arts Centre ifva and fully supported by Hang Seng Bank, the project will invite Hong Kong youngsters to share their challenges and turn their life stories into one-minute videos. By creating one-minute video of their own, UNICEF HK encourages children and youth to share their anxieties, concerns and viewpoints with the society, to showcase the idea of ‘A minute in the telling, A quarter for listening’. Thus, they hope to enhance the public’s understanding towards children and youth, as well as parent-child communication. A public screening will be arranged for winning videos.

unicef make a videoDetails of contest:
Theme: To mom & dad
Categories:
– Junior Secondary School Category (Form 1 to Form 3)
– Senior Secondary School Category (Form 4 to Form 6)
Requirements:
* Individuals must be students aged 12-17 (As of 21 August 2016)
* Only individual entries will be considered
* Individuals can only register for one category and submit one piece of video work

Application Method:
Step 1: Submit an entry form online
Step 2: Work submission

Video Format:
– Video length must not exceed one minute (including opening and credits)
Format: MP4 (H.264, 25P FPS)*
– Resolution not lower than 1920 x 1080 (16:9)
– Maximum file size of 500MB

*Awardees or invited entrants are required to submit the winning video in MOV (ProRes 422 or H.264, 25P FPS) format for future screening purposes. Entrants are required to retain all production files until the contest ends.

Prizes:
Each category will have the following awards
– The Young Creative Award
– The Most Representative Video Story Award
– The Most Influential Award
– The Best One-minute Video

All entrants will be awarded a certificate of participation once entries are confirmed. A public screening will be arranged for winning videos.

You can see last year’s videos here.

Application and Submission Deadline : 21 August 2016 (Sunday)

For more information about the contest, and to register, please go to their website.

About UNICEF Hong Kong:
unicef logoThe Hong Kong Committee for UNICEF (UNICEF HK) was founded in 1986 and was established as an independent local non-government organization to raise funds through public donations, partnerships with companies, special events, etc. to support UNICEF’s work. UNICEF HK also promotes and advocates for children’s rights via organizing education and youth programmes in Hong Kong.

At least 150,000 children affected by Ecuador earthquake – UNICEF

20 Apr

UNICEF Ecuador

UNICEF Ecuador

Earthquakes have struck around the world recently. Ecuador’s quake is the country’s worst disaster in decades. And the death toll keeps climbing. At least 150,000 children are affected by the April 15 earthquake in Ecuador, according to initial UNICEF estimates.

“We are in a race against time to protect children from disease and other risks common in such emergencies,” said Grant Leaity, UNICEF Representative in Ecuador.

According to preliminary government reports, the earthquake damaged 119 schools, affecting 88,000 children. Some 805 buildings have been destroyed and 608 have been damaged. Two hospitals have entirely collapsed in Portoviejo and Chone.

In some of the worst hit areas, mudslides are causing further damage to infrastructure and hindering access of relief teams and supplies. Some cities are still without full power and only 40 per cent of communication lines are working.

UNICEF is concerned about health, water and sanitation conditions in the coastal areas – which are already considered hotspots for Zika, Dengue, Malaria and Chikungunya.

UNICEF teams are in Pedernales and Esmeraldas, two of the hardest hit areas, assessing children’s needs and coordinating the response.

In a country where UNICEF has been active the past 40 years, they have just delivered water purification tablets (20,000), mosquito nets (4,500) and tarpaulin to Pedernales, the area worst affected by the earthquake and our staff is on the ground evaluating the extent of the disaster.

Support UNICEF‘s efforts by making a donation now! Just click here

Your donation means that UNICEF can :
– deliver lifesaving essentials – such as water purification tablets, soap, buckets and tents – right now;
– establish Child Friendly Spaces (CFS). These provide community-based services for affected children, including socio-psychological support, play, recreation, and health communication from a professional team of experts on early childhood development and social work;
– after the disaster, we focus on helping children get their life back to normal as soon as possible. We take part in rebuilding and reconstruction work and ensure children have access to a safe place, nutritious food, clean water and education.

About UNICEF:
Founded in 1946, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is the world’s leading United Nations organisation working specifically for children, with the mandate and influence to transform their lives. The Hong Kong Committee for UNICEF (UNICEF HK), one of the 36 National Committees, was founded in 1986 to raise funds to support UNICEF’s work worldwide and to promote, advocate for child rights in Hong Kong. They believe their work is not completed until all champion for child rights to achieve four Zero Sufferings for children.
UNICEF_BelieveinZero
ZERO Mortality ⇔ Right to Survival
Every child has the right to enjoy food, clean water, health services and a standard of living, etc. adequate for survival

ZERO Underdevelopment ⇔ Right to Development

Every child has the right to education, leisure, participation in cultural activities and understanding their basic rights, etc.

ZERO Abuse ⇔ Right to Protection
Every child has the right to special protection in situations of armed conflict or conflict with the law, and should be protected from any forms of abuse, neglect or exploitation

ZERO Isolation ⇔ Right to Participation
Every child has the right to freedom of expression; social, economic, cultural and religion activities; association and peaceful assembly; information from diverse sources

Nepal earthquake – updated 14 May

26 Apr

Kathmandu Struck By Powerful EarthquakeA 7.8 magnitude quake struck an area of central Nepal between the capital, Kathmandu, and the city of Pokhara on Saturday morning. Although the extent of the damages is still unknown, initial reports say houses and buildings collapsed in Kathmandu and surrounding areas. Tremors were also strongly felt in northern India, in the states of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh.

Nepal-EarthquakeRescue efforts in Nepal are intensifying after more than 1,800 people were killed in the country’s worst earthquake in more than 80 years. Many countries and international charities have offered aid to Nepal to deal with the disaster. Help by making a donation. Some of these charities who are already actively involved in the disaster include:

 

Save the Children

Kathmandu Struck By Powerful Earthquake“As the sheer devastation of the recent earthquake becomes clearer, we know that children have been the most affected by this disaster,” says Roger Hodgson, Deputy Country Director for Save the Children in Nepal. “Despite the difficulties in reaching some of the hardest-hit regions, Save the Children is mobilising much-needed items to help these children and their families. Helping those most affected by this disaster will continue to be our top priority in the coming days, weeks and months.”

To assist those displaced by the quake, the charity has begun the delivery of 136 tarpaulins in Kathmandu, while in the earthquake-affected Bhaktapur district, 180 baby packs – which include children’s clothes, blankets and soap – are being distributed to those in need. Save the Children will also begin distributing many more items to some of the hardest-hit regions outside Kathmandu Valley, including Gorkha and Sindhupalchowk districts.

The charity has launched a fundraising campaign with the goal of raising 50 million USD to assist with its aid efforts. To donate, please follow this link

MSF
A second earthquake today hit Nepal, this time with an epicentre 80km east of Kathmandu, in Dolakha district. Teams from Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) are conducting assessments in the affected areas, including Dolakha itself. In the Charikot area of Dolakha district they have seen villages destroyed by this second quake.

An additional MSF team is conducting an assessment by car in Bhaktapur, east of Kathmandu, while other MSF medical teams have divided and are visiting various hospitals in Kathmandu ready to intervene immediately if necessary.

This comes as the Nepali population struggles to recover from the loss of life and substantial damage that followed the earthquake of 25th April in which over 8,000 people died.

“This complicates an already precarious situation. There is going to be more trouble accessing the affected areas. MSF is strengthening its emergency operations and re-assessing the needs of those affected by the current earthquake in order to respond accordingly and immediately,” says, Dan Sermand, MSF’s Country Director in Nepal.

For the last two weeks, MSF teams have been providing medical assistance and distributing food and shelter to remote areas impacted by the previous earthquake. MSF has also set-up an inflatable hospital in Arughat in Gorkha district, which is running and serving the population affected by that previous disaster.

To donate to MSF please follow this link.

Red Cross
Hong Kong Red Cross has immediately mobilized HKD 500,000 to provide immediate relief and welcome donations from public to support the revealing humanitarian needs.
Red Cross Actions
Immediately after the shock, Nepal Red Cross Society has been working on the ground for rapid needs assessment and providing immediate relief to those affected, including:
– Search and rescue in the rubbles, first aid services to the wounded
– Red Cross blood bank providing blood supplies to the main medical facilities in Kathmandu
– Setting up tents to shelter affected population
– Emergency tracing services to assist families who lost contact because of the quakes
– International Red Cross mobilized over HKD 4 million to support relief actions, and assessment teams arriving Nepal to coordinate the operation

Hong Kong Red Cross Actions
– Mobilized HKD500,000 for immediate relief
– Emergency tracing service is offered to people in Hong Kong looking for their missing families in Nepal due to this disaster.
If you know someone missing a loved one in Nepal please pass this information to
• Tel: 2507-7135 (during office hours, Monday to Friday 9:00 am to 6:00 pm) and 5511-2382 (non office hours, Monday to Friday 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm, Saturday & Sunday 9:00 am to 10:00 pm )
• Email: tracing@redcross.org.hk
• Website: http://www.redcross.org.hk/en/tracing_service/emergency_tracing_introduction.html

Hong Kong Red Cross also is accepting donation designated to “Nepal Earthquake 2015” operation. Please visit their website for more information.

Oxfam
Oxfam’s team in Nepal is assessing humanitarian need following the devastating earthquake. In addition a team of technical experts are preparing to fly from the UK with supplies to provide clean water, sanitation and emergency food supplies.

Cecilia Keizer, Oxfam country director in Nepal said:
“Communication is currently very difficult. Telephone lines are down and the electricity has been cut off making charging mobile phones difficult. The water is also cut off. The number of people killed is continuing to rise. Many of the old houses have been destroyed and at least one large apartment block has come down in Kathmandu. Given the closeness to the epicentre Pokhara must also be badly affected. Oxfam is preparing to help provide clean water and emergency food. People are gathered in their thousands in open spaces and are scared as there have been several aftershocks.”

To make a donation to help with their immediate work in Nepal, please visit their website.

UNICEF
20150512_NepalEarthquakeUNICEF has teams on the ground in every affected district. Their focus is now on how children may have been impacted by this new earthquake. The quake follows the 25 April earthquake that left more than 8,000 dead, thousands more injured and 1.7 million children in urgent need of humanitarian assistance.

You can imagine what must have happened in those hillsides that were ravaged by the quake the last time, or how this quake will not only damage the buildings that were already cracked, but the impact it will have on the already frightened and vulnerable children and young people. Read an eyewitness account from a UNICEF staff member

UNICEF has been working round the clock to get life-saving aid to children since the first quake hit. And your donations can help them deliver urgent essentials — like safe drinking water, adequate sanitation facilities, tents and medical supplies. With your support, UNICEF can provide vital counseling and child-friendly spaces to help children come to terms with their traumatic experiences.

UNICEF will do everything possible to keep children safe. But with the massive damage, they urgently need your help.

To make a donation to UNICEF to support their Nepal Earthquake Response, please follow this link.

World Vision
World Vision Hong Kong’s Chief Executive Officer Kevin Chiu says, “World Vision has been working in Nepal for over 30 years, and more than 200 local staff are ready to join the relief efforts on the ground. Water and power ran out in affected areas, and communications are disrupted. Millions of people have lost their homes and in dire need of food, water, shelter, warm clothing and hygiene kits. They need our help urgently!”

World Vision Hong Kong has initially contributed HK$1.56 million to provide help to the quake-stricken people. Together with other donations, it will bring help, such as hygiene kits and emergency aids to survivors, and set up Child Friendly Spaces to release the emotional distress of children; which is estimated to help 50,000 people. Their local staff are assessing the impact of the quake and are ready to respond to the needs of the affected. World Vision commits its full effort to help the affected children and families amid emergency to rebuild their homes. To donate to World Vision, please follow this link.

This blog will be updated as and when more information regarding rescue efforts come in.

URGENT APPEAL! Cyclone hits Vanuatu – Help Children Now!‏

17 Mar

vanuatuAt least half of the population of Vanuatu, 132,000 people including nearly 60,000 children need urgent assistance now!

Image: VANUATU-WEATHER-CYCLONEUNICEF staff members working in the field office in Port Vila, despite being themselves affected, are working with partners to offer support, including the provision of water containers, purification tablets, soap, and temporary sanitation facilities. Besides, UNICEF is securing warehouse and supporting immediate repairs to the national immunization cold room. UNICEF also assists in coordinating a suitable measles vaccination campaign following the cyclone.

As schools are being used as evacuation centres, UNICEF will also support children’s education, including providing school-in-a-box kits, and protect children by setting up child friendly spaces in evacuation centres.

How you can help:
HK$1,500 – provides 7 first aid kits to treat the injured children
HK$2,850 – provides 2 basic family water kits to enable children to drink and wash safely
HK$4,200 – provides 3 sets of school-in-a-box kit, which is a ready-made education solution, used in emergencies and each can benefit 80 students

Your support can save lives. UNICEF appeals for at least HK$23.4 million (US$3 million) to support their relief work in Vanuatu. Donate NOW!

About UNICEF:
Founded in 1946, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is the world’s leading United Nations organisation working specifically for children, with the mandate and influence to transform their lives. The Hong Kong Committee for UNICEF (UNICEF HK), one of the 36 National Committees, was founded in 1986 to raise funds to support UNICEF’s work worldwide and to promote, advocate for child rights in Hong Kong. They believe their work is not completed until all champion for child rights to achieve four Zero Sufferings for children.
UNICEF_BelieveinZero
ZERO Mortality ⇔ Right to Survival
Every child has the right to enjoy food, clean water, health services and a standard of living, etc. adequate for survival

ZERO Underdevelopment ⇔ Right to Development

Every child has the right to education, leisure, participation in cultural activities and understanding their basic rights, etc.

ZERO Abuse ⇔ Right to Protection
Every child has the right to special protection in situations of armed conflict or conflict with the law, and should be protected from any forms of abuse, neglect or exploitation

ZERO Isolation ⇔ Right to Participation
Every child has the right to freedom of expression; social, economic, cultural and religion activities; association and peaceful assembly; information from diverse sources

UNICEF The China Children’s Week 2015 – Little Artists Big Dreams Drawing Competition

10 Dec

UNICEFThe China Children’s Week 2015 – Little Artists Big Dreams Drawing Competition will be held on 11 January 2015 (Sunday) at Central Lawn, Victoria Park, Causeway Bay to raise funds to support the ‘Cash Transfers for Deprived Children’ Project in China, which aims to enable children in China to grow healthily. High maternal mortality and under-five mortality are attributed to delivering babies at home in many poor families in the remote and deprived areas. Suspension of work and long travelling distance are considered as the major obstacles for accessing hospital or clinical delivery and relevant services, despite the free services. UNICEF has extended the Project to 15 provinces in Yunnan, Gansu and Sichuan. Pregnant women in the provinces can receive a cash subsidy as an incentive to get medical care for themselves and their babies, such as postnatal and antenatal checkup, giving birth in hospital and immunisation for infants.
UNICEF 2
Little Artists aged 12 or below are invited to participate in this meaningful event. In the spirit of ‘Kids helping Kids’, participants can through their drawings communicate with the children in China bringing hope and blessings for a better future.

Date: 11 January 2015 (Saturday)

Time: 1pm – 5pm (Tentative)

Location: Central Lawn, Victoria Park, Causeway Bay

This competition is open for children 12 years old or below. There are 3 categories:
Category A: 6 years old & below (Born 2009 or later)
Category B: 7-9 years old (Born 2006 – 2008)
Category C: 10-12 years old (Born 2003 – 2005)

Prizes: 1st prize, 2nd Prize, 3rd Prize and 20 Consolation Prizes for each category;
Most Popular Award (online voting);
Overall Champion

All participants will receive a certificate of participation.

Enrollment donation: HK$150

Deadline for online application: 31 December 2014

Enrolment is on a first-come-first-served basis!

For more information, please visit the UNICEF website or contact their staff from Fundraising Department at 2833 6139.

About UNICEF:
Founded in 1946, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is the world’s leading United Nations organisation working specifically for children, with the mandate and influence to transform their lives. The Hong Kong Committee for UNICEF (UNICEF HK), one of the 36 National Committees, was founded in 1986 to raise funds to support UNICEF’s work worldwide and to promote, advocate for child rights in Hong Kong. They believe their work is not completed until all champion for child rights to achieve four Zero Sufferings for children.
UNICEF_BelieveinZero
ZERO Mortality ⇔ Right to Survival
Every child has the right to enjoy food, clean water, health services and a standard of living, etc. adequate for survival

ZERO Underdevelopment ⇔ Right to Development

Every child has the right to education, leisure, participation in cultural activities and understanding their basic rights, etc.

ZERO Abuse ⇔ Right to Protection
Every child has the right to special protection in situations of armed conflict or conflict with the law, and should be protected from any forms of abuse, neglect or exploitation

ZERO Isolation ⇔ Right to Participation
Every child has the right to freedom of expression; social, economic, cultural and religion activities; association and peaceful assembly; information from diverse sources

Volunteer at the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child celebration events

23 Oct

ChildLarge_logoThe world made a set of commitments to children 25 years ago when it adopted the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), which upholds the human rights of all children. With the 25th anniversary of the CRC on 20 November this year, UNICEF HK will join child advocates to celebrate worldwide.

can-stock-photo_csp11664233Be a part of the force to champion children’s rights by volunteering in celebration exhibition, events and other initiatives organized by UNICEF HK.

* Volunteers should be 16 years old or above and attend a briefing session on 7 November 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. or 8 November 2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. at UNICEF HK office at 3/F, 60 Blue Pool Road, Happy Valley, Hong Kong. UNICEF HK hopes that every volunteer could attend at least seven time slots and those have completed will receive a UNICEF HK certificate of appreciation.

Date: 16 November – 1 January 2015

Time: 2 time slots (1 p.m. – 5 p.m. / 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. )

Location: Grand Century Place, 193 Prince Edward Road West, Mongkok

Enquiry: Mr Yeung 2338 5151 / edu@unicef.org.hk or sign up now by following this link.

About UNICEF:
Founded in 1946, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is the world’s leading United Nations organisation working specifically for children, with the mandate and influence to transform their lives. The Hong Kong Committee for UNICEF (UNICEF HK), one of the 36 National Committees, was founded in 1986 to raise funds to support UNICEF’s work worldwide and to promote, advocate for child rights in Hong Kong. They believe their work is not completed until all champion for child rights to achieve four Zero Sufferings for children.
UNICEF_BelieveinZero
ZERO Mortality ⇔ Right to Survival
Every child has the right to enjoy food, clean water, health services and a standard of living, etc. adequate for survival

ZERO Underdevelopment ⇔ Right to Development

Every child has the right to education, leisure, participation in cultural activities and understanding their basic rights, etc.

ZERO Abuse ⇔ Right to Protection
Every child has the right to special protection in situations of armed conflict or conflict with the law, and should be protected from any forms of abuse, neglect or exploitation

Run for the dream of an AIDS-free generation!

16 Aug

Every day, more than 650 babies are born with HIV. Half of all babies living with HIV die before their second birthday if they do not receive treatment. UNICEF targets to eliminate mother-to-child transmission of HIV by 2015. With your donation, UNICEF will continue bringing changes to the lives of marginalized children and their families who are in need of the services. Together, we can achieve an AIDS-free generation.

logo_unicefThe UNICEF Charity Run 2014 will be held on 23 November 2014.

UNICEF calls for your support for the event, which helps raise fund for UNICEF‘s “Unite for children. Unite against AIDS” Global Campaign.

Date: 23 November 2014 (Sunday)

Location: Hong Kong Disneyland Resort & Sunny Bay

Race:3km (Family & Youth) Fun Run, 5km Fun Run, 10km Run and Half Marathon

Space is limited. Enrolment is on a first-come first-served basis.
Enrollment Deadline: 17 October 2014

About UNICEF:
Founded in 1946, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is the world’s leading United Nations organisation working specifically for children, with the mandate and influence to transform their lives. The Hong Kong Committee for UNICEF (UNICEF HK), one of the 36 National Committees, was founded in 1986 to raise funds to support UNICEF’s work worldwide and to promote, advocate for child rights in Hong Kong. They believe their work is not completed until all champion for child rights to achieve four Zero Sufferings for children.
UNICEF_BelieveinZero
ZERO Mortality ⇔ Right to Survival
Every child has the right to enjoy food, clean water, health services and a standard of living, etc. adequate for survival

ZERO Underdevelopment ⇔ Right to Development

Every child has the right to education, leisure, participation in cultural activities and understanding their basic rights, etc.

ZERO Abuse ⇔ Right to Protection
Every child has the right to special protection in situations of armed conflict or conflict with the law, and should be protected from any forms of abuse, neglect or exploitation

ZERO Isolation ⇔ Right to Participation
Every child has the right to freedom of expression; social, economic, cultural and religion activities; association and peaceful assembly; information from diverse sources