United Nations Association
The Greater Lansing UNA, multiple partners and individuals are combining efforts to raise $30,000 this year to help UNHCR fund a classroom for children in Horseed Primary School in Kakuma Refugee Camp in western Kenya. The camp has over 75,000 children, half of whom do not have access to a school. Over $7,000 has been donated since the beginning of the fundraising campaign last October. The funds we are collecting are crucial in order to ensure that the Kakuma children were given a fair chance to succeed in life. It is especially urgent considering how crucial schools can be in developing children’s cognitive, language and social abilities as well as empower them in achieving their dreams. We are looking for sustainable partnerships in order to help the children in Kakuma. Now is a key time for each of us to reflect and do some soul searching:
HOW GENEROUS WOULD YOU BE IF A MEMBER OF YOUR FAMILY WERE IN KAKUMA CAMP?
Let’s refocus priorities and together bring Adopt-A-Future to forefront of activities this summer and fall!!
A UNA-USA Campaign in Support of Refugees
There are currently 65.3 million people forcibly displaced from their homes--the highest figure ever recorded. Among them are 21.3 million refugees of whom more than half are children caught up in conflict or disaster. Children who just want a chance at a normal life, to be able to go to school and learn, as all young people should be able to do. A refugee child that is not in school is at heightened risk of being harmed, trafficked, or radicalized by extremist groups.
The UN refugee agency, UNHCR, is working to prevent a lost generation by educating refugee children in camps and other settings around the world. But help is needed. In response to this call, UNA-USA has recently partnered with UNHCR to launch the Adopt-a-Future initiative, which links Americans directly to students and schools around the world. The campaign enables partners and supporters to raise funds to support either refugee education worldwide or to build a classroom for a specific refugee serving school.
Recognizing the critical need for support for this important initiative, Greater Lansing UNA has undertaken a campaign to raise $30,000 to provide a new classroom at a refugee serving school which will serve the needs of at least 40 children for 10 years.
We are actively seeking partnerships with other groups, organizations, businesses, foundations, faith communities, and individuals to meet this ambitious goal.
Here's how you can help!