Greta Thunberg has donated $100,000 prize money to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to help fi-ght the ongoing outbre-ak.Danish non-governmental organisation Human Act awarded Thunberg with the money in recognition of her global activism, which has seen her lead millions of young people in school str-ikes and challenge world leaders for their lack of ac-tion aga-inst climate change.
Rather than keep the money for her own initiatives, the 17-year-old activist used it to launch a child-rights driven campaign in support of UNICEF’s efforts to address the outbre-ak. and protect children from the direct and kn-ock-on consequences of the vir-us.Human Ac-t matched the donation and helped ki-ck off the campaign with a grand total of $200,000.
Proceeds from the initiative will go directly towards UNICEF’s emergency programmes to fig-ht the outbr-eak and provide essential items such as soap, masks, gloves, hygiene kits and protective equipment to healthcare systems.UNICEF will also ensure those in need receive the life-saving information and other support necessary to help them through the outbr-eak.
Thunberg commented on the donation in a press release, explaining:Like the climate cr-isis, the [vir-us] is a child-rights cri-sis. It will aff-ect all children, now and in the long-term, but vulne-rable groups will be impa-cted the most.I’m asking everyone to step up and join me in support of UNICEF’s vital work to save children’s lives, to protect health and continue education.
Though children so far appear to have been less impa-cted by direct health effe-cts of the vi-rus, a report issued by the United Nations has wa-rned that the outbre-ak is having a profound effe-ct on the overall wellbeing of children.Children across the globe are being affe-cted by the socio-economic imp-acts and by the measures implemented to curb the spread of the vir-us.UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore commented:
The Covid-19 pand-emic is the greatest struggle the world has seen in generations.
Children and young people are among the most severely impa-cted by the kn-ock-on eff-ects… so it is only natural that they would want to do something about it. Through her activism, Greta Thunberg has proven that young people are ready to take a stand and lead change in the world.
UNICEF is very pleased that Greta and her supporters have not only chosen to take a stand aga-inst this pande-mic, but to do so in partnership with UNICEF.UNICEF aims to reduce the imp-act of the vir-us by working with partners to ensure essential services continue while efforts to reduce the spread remain in place.
Essential services include ensuring access to key supplies and services and supporting governments with the procurement of PPE for health workers, as well as supporting distance learning opportunities, providing me-ntal health and psychosocial support and helping maintain essential immunisation and other services for children.
As well as ai-ding UNICEF in the fi-ght aga-inst the outbr-eak, Thunberg is continuing to raise awareness for the climate cr-isis through online platforms.
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