Manila Bulletin

BAS­KET OF HOPE

How you can help Unicef reach more chil­dren af­fected by the cri­sis, start­ing right now

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Covid-19 isn’t just chal­leng­ing un­der-re­sourced frag­ile health sys­tems, it’s at­tack­ing the way chil­dren ac­cess ed­u­ca­tion and how safe they feel in their homes. This is, no doubt, a child right’s cri­sis.

In the Philip­pines, 2.4 mil­lion chil­dren be­low five years old are at risk of get­ting measles due to low im­mu­niza­tion cov­er­age. One in three chil­dren is stunted due to poor nu­tri­tion and care prac­tices, too.

Right now, UNICEF is on the ground do­ing ev­ery­thing in its power to en­sure that chil­dren don’t feel the im­pact of this cri­sis for decades to come. Through the Bas­ket of Hope, the or­ga­ni­za­tion gives us, the Filipino com­mu­nity, a plat­form to share and pay it for­ward.

“It is im­por­tant now more than ever to help these dis­ad­van­taged chil­dren. Brighter days are pos­si­ble when we all pitch in,” says UNICEF Philip­pines rep­re­sen­ta­tive Oyun­saikhan Den­de­vnorov.

With a min­i­mum do­na­tion of R300, you can help Filipino chil­dren get ac­cess to vac­cines, ed­u­ca­tion, hy­giene, and nu­tri­tion.

Donors can also get to choose from these three causes they want to sup­port: mak­ing e-learn­ing ac­ces­si­ble to el­e­men­tary stu­dents, pro­vid­ing iso­la­tion tents and hy­giene sup­plies for health fa­cil­i­ties, and fund­ing trans­port of health work­ers to vac­ci­nate chil­dren in re­mote ar­eas.

A do­na­tion, no mat­ter how small, can make an im­pact on a child whose health, safety, ed­u­ca­tion, and rights are at risk. With ev­ery­one’s help, UNICEF will do what­ever it takes to en­sure chil­dren and their fam­i­lies get the ur­gent sup­port they need.

Bas­ket of Hope was first launched in 2019 as the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s Christ­mas cam­paign to help dis­ad­van­taged Filipino chil­dren in the ar­eas of ed­u­ca­tion, nu­tri­tion, san­i­ta­tion, and hy­giene, rais­ing over three mil­lion.

The UNICEF Bas­ket of Hope cam­paign is led by UNICEF’s good­will am­bas­sadors Gary Va­len­ciano, Daphne Oseña-Paez, and Anne Cur­tis.

Fill the fu­ture with hope and do­nate to the UNICEF Bas­ket of Hope to­day by vis­it­ing in­spiredgift­s.unicef.ph/ bas­ketofhope.

With a min­i­mum do­na­tion of P300, you can help Filipino chil­dren get ac­cess to vac­cines, ed­u­ca­tion, and nu­tri­tion.

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