There are many Children’s charities worldwide with the sole purpose of helping children in one way or another. The generosity of complete strangers, can often be humbling, allows these charities to help those worse off or suffering from a terminal illness.
The United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) was created on 11 December 1946 by the United Nations General Assembly . The creation of this group; was to provide food and healthcare to children from war torn countries, following World War II. The name was shortened to the acronym UNICEF in 1954, when it became a part of the United Nations System.
The headquarters of UNICEF are located in New York. It does, however, operate out of more than 200 countries, offering aid wherever the missions are required. UNICEF relies on contributions from private donors and the government to continue its wonderful work.
The Save the Children Fund (Save the Children) was established in the United Kingdom in 1919. It was created to promote the rights of children, provide relief and aid to those in developing countries. It aims to improve both living and educational opportunities of children who are disadvantaged. It also aims to give emergency aid to war torn countries, where children are suffering from the effects of war and violence.
Save the Children have 29 national organisations, who, between them, serve 120 countries. Campaigning to raise funds, this impressive group has assisted with the educational needs of over 10 million children.
The Make-A-Wish Foundation was founded in the United States in 1980. Its sole aim is to provide one last wish to terminally ill children. Children must be aged between 2 and a half and 18 years of age. The last wish is to enrich the lives of those terminally ill to give a once in a lifetime experience or simply a gesture that would make a child happy for just one day.
The Make-A-Wish Foundation operates through 47 countries worldwide with 36 affiliate offices. David A. Williams is the president and CEO of the charity.
The first wish was granted to Christopher James Greicius , whilst being treated for leukaemia. Christopher’s wish was to become a police officer, and with the help of Officer Tommy Austin, his wish was granted for the day. Christopher passed away not long after his special day, but his wish was an inspiration to many others following in his footsteps.
The Generation Foundation
The Generation Foundation was created in July 2005 by the Bob Finch . The aim is to enrich the lives of children who are suffering from disabilities, poor health or disadvantaged. Locally, the charity supports the Borough of Merton, where the family hold a dear place as residents, branching out to disadvantaged countries to assist children worldwide.
The many quantities of children’s charities worldwide are astounding. The humbling donations from people from many different countries, and backgrounds, can assist charities who help our children. Children are our future. If we teach them to help each other, their generation will learn to do the same for others who are less fortunate than themselves.