From the Circle K International Website
UNICEF, the United Nations Children’s Fund, was created after World War II to provide emergency aid to children in Europe and Asia. Today, UNICEF works in more than 150 countries and territories—supported entirely with voluntary contributions.
Across the globe, wherever vulnerable children are struggling to survive, UNICEF is there with medicine, vaccines, clean water, and nutrition. Whatever vital help struggling children need, UNICEF will supply. Over the years, UNICEF has saved more children’s lives than any other humanitarian organization in the world. The U.S. Fund for UNICEF supports UNICEF’s mission through education, advocacy, and fundraising in the United States.
How does CKI help? At the 2005 Circle K International Convention in Greensboro, North Carolina, the International Board of Trustees passed a resolution supporting UNICEF. And at the 2007 International Convention in Portland, Oregon, CKI announced the Saving Lives: The Six Cents Initiative, to supply clean water and sanitation to children worldwide.
What Is Saving Lives: The Six Cents Initiative?
- Initiative to provide clean water to those in need
- Currently 1.1 billion people lack access to clean water
- Greatest impact is on health – an estimated 4,500 children die each day due to waterborne illnesses
How Is UNICEF Going to Help?
- UNICEF’s intent is to create sustainable access to clean water for communities
- Doing so takes time
- Interim, UNICEF has created ORS (oral rehydration salt) packets to save children’s lives
- Cost of each ORS packet that could save a child’s life = only 6 cents (US$0.06)
What Can I Do to Help Out?
- Raise Awareness
- Conserve Water
What Are Some Projects for UNICEF/The Six Cents Initiative?
- Give Out FREE Hot Chocolate or Lemonade
- Recruit Restaurants
- Print Business Cards (could hand out free water to go with it)
- Chalk your Campus for World Water Day and other events!