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Project Edan Corner
With 2010 now behind us, I would like to join Peter and Carolyn in
thanking each one of you for your donations and support throughout
the year. Your amazing generosity resulted in PWFC/Project Edan
being included among UNICEF’s ‘Program and Strategic Partnerships’
contributing ‘Gifts of $25,000 and above’ for the year…contributions
which support UNICEF’s efforts of working toward a day when no
child dies of an easily preventable cause. UNICEF’s 2010 Annual
Report is available on their website. Go to it!
With the disasters in Haiti and Pakistan stretching UNICEF’s
resources, these donations made a difference. It’s been over a year
since the devastating earthquake in Haiti and children are still reeling
from the lingering impact of the disaster, which remains the single
largest catastrophe to hit the country in centuries. More than
220,000 lives were lost and countless families were fractured with
750,000 children directly affected. Towards the end of the year
cholera also broke out in Haiti and quickly spread throughout the
country, sweeping away thousands of lives in a few short weeks. A
one-year anniversary report I received shows UNICEF and its
partners have made a tremendous difference in Haiti. These are just
a few highlights of UNICEF’s accomplishments made possible through
Nearly two million children have been immunized against the
top six vaccine-preventable childhood diseases.
At the height of the emergency UNICEF was trucking 8.3
million liters of clean water to 1.2 million people.
More than 865,000 bars of soap have been distributed,
focusing on 1.5 million children in 5,000 schools and 30,000
children living in residential care centers.
UNICEF continues to support therapeutic feeding centers
which treated more than 11,250 children with severe acute
UNICEF’s cholera response is expanding to a support network
of 72 cholera treatment centers.
To date, 4,948 separated children have been identified and
registered; of these children, 1,265 have been reunited with
Six months have passed since millions of Pakistanis suffered from the
worst monsoonal floods in the country’s recorded history. Your
donations to Project Edan supported UNICEF’s efforts during this
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disaster. The six-month report I received highlights emergency relief
efforts by UNICEF and its partners:
Nearly 9.7 million children were immunized against polio and 8.6
million against measles. UNICEF distributed 900,000 insecticide-
treated bed nets to protect against malaria.
UNICEF has distributed nearly 30 million water purification
tablets and household treatment filters to provide 300 million
liters of safe drinking water. They provided nearly 30,000
sanitation facilities benefiting about 1.5 million people.
UNICEF has established 1,000 child friendly spaces where
experienced UNICEF staff provides education and recreational
services to 180,000 children in protected spaces.
Supported therapeutic programs for severely malnourished
children where government estimates show about 90,000 children
under the age of 5 suffer from malnutrition.
While UNICEF has made significant progress in these disaster stricken
areas, there is still much to be done. As long as a single child gets sick
from a preventable disease, or goes to bed without enough food, or is
denied the chance to go to school, there is still work to do.
To date this year we have raised $1,366, with $1,241 coming from
contributions made in Edan’s name to celebrate his 11th birthday. Edan
has grown up with an awareness and appreciation for what Project Edan,
through your donations, is able to accomplish for those less fortunate
children around the globe. A huge thank you to everyone who donated!
The PWFC Spring Auction is just around the corner and there are sure to
be many wonderful, must-have items for your bidding pleasure. Since we
will not be having a PWFC Friendship Convention or Roadtrip this year,
our on-line auctions will be very important in our Project Edan fundraising
efforts. We encourage you to join in the fun while helping to make a
difference in the life of a child.
While on the subject of fundraising, we will be kicking off a matching
funds campaign in the near future that will run through the end of the
year. We also welcome any ideas that you might have for raising money
for Project Edan, either an event you are planning or something that
would be a club effort. Just e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org or Ree
Bev Shihara,Project Edan Director