Today, one in four children throughout the world lives in areas plagued by emergencies such as natural disasters, epidemics and armed conflicts. Such complex and difficult circumstances exacerbate dangers for children who are oftentimes already victims of poverty, malnutrition, lack of schooling and at risk of violence and exploitation.
At Garnier, two of our core values are togetherness and the importance of connecting with other people. We believe that UNICEF efforts to reach out to the most vulnerable children can succeed in giving them the tools they need to thrive and reconnect with others. In supporting UNICEF, we commit to working together to help take care of society’s youngest and most defenseless members in environments where their safety and welfare are threatened.
CHILD FRIENDLY SPACES FOR CHILDREN IN EMERGENCY SITUATIONS
The worldwide UNICEF programs we support are designed to provide relief essential to the survival and security of children and families affected by humanitarian crises. UNICEF works to save lives by providing these children with clean water, proper hygiene, adequate nutrition, healthcare services and protection services. The organization also provides educational services, psychological counseling services and recreation activities.
Among UNICEF interventions during emergency situations are Child Friendly Spaces (CFSs). CFSs are widely used by UNICEF as a first response to children in distress and as an entry point for working with affected communities. Along with meeting basic needs, CFSs play an enormous role in giving children a sense of normalcy amid chaos. These spaces also serve as gathering places where unaccompanied children are protected from exploitation and trafficking while waiting to be reunited with their families.
Our contribution has the potential to assist in implementing Child Friendly Spaces every time an emergency strikes anywhere in the world, including kits containing educational, recreational and hygiene materials. Such support could enable UNICEF to provide up 5,600 such kits, which would bring help to an estimated 300,000 children.
A BETTER TODAY FOR A BETTER FUTURE
In any emergency, children are always the most vulnerable group. They face the highest risk of violence, exploitation, disease and neglect. Responding effectively and quickly to these urgent situations is the key to laying the foundations of future growth and stability.
“At Garnier we believe that togetherness means extending a hand to those in need. Our goal is to help children in difficult circumstances develop the sense of security, trust and well-being crucial to creating real connections. If they know they can reach out to others, to give and to receive, then these children will have the confidence to build a brighter tomorrow for themselves and their communities.” Delphine Viguier, Garnier Global General Manager
Established over a century ago and active around the globe, Garnier mission is to offer efficient, innovative haircare and skincare products inspired by nature and enhanced by our expertise for healthy-looking beauty that makes it easy to connect with others.
United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything the Organization does. Together with its partners, UNICEF works in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, to the benefit of all children, everywhere focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children. For more information about UNICEF and its work visit: www.unicef.org