During October I help my school get ready for Halloween by organizing a UNICEF Pumpkin Run fundraiser, and by getting the kids jazzed up to take the bright orange UNICEF Trick-or-Treat boxes out with them Halloween night.
Money raised this year will go to the Swazi Children Care Project, a program that trains community volunteers to provide health services, nutritious meals and care to the children of Swaziland. The funds will help provide basic equipment, hygiene, educational, recreational and emergency supplies; link orphans and vulnerable children to essential basic services; train volunteer caregivers; and improve the ability of local organizations to provide community-based services.
UNICEF provided our school with an excellent DVD to show the kids where their money is going. Some of the images were shocking to students. Some students even asked if the images were real. I guess the days of Sally Struthers and others begging on TV to help children around the world isn't as common. I smiled when one kid announced, "Man I have a good life!"