Nepal: Four Years On


Four years ago, a powerful earthquake and its aftershocks killed nearly 9,000 people in Nepal, a third of whom were children — a devastating moment for the country and the world.

UNICEF immediately deployed pre-positioned supplies to offer affected children and families lifesaving access to health services, safe water, and hygiene kits. In the following weeks, UNICEF carried out vaccination campaigns and set up temporary learning centers so that children could resume their education. And in the years since, UNICEF has helped vulnerable communities build resiliency against future natural disasters.

This video from our colleagues at UNICEF Nepal shows how the country is building back better.

Today, we thank you again for your incredible support. You truly made a difference for the children of Nepal.

Eri Okuma
Manager, Global Cause Partnerships

Volunteer 'Belled' at UNA Center

Fran Koukal with store manager Ruth Biedermann

Fran Koukal with store manager Ruth Biedermann

Our volunteer Fran Koukal received a bell from Ben's Bells on March 30th. The Center had a cake and gifts of fabric and ribbon for Fran.

Ben's Bells honors someone each week who makes Tucson better. Fran began volunteering at the UNA Center in 2005. She noticed that there was no gift-wrapping for jewelry gift purchases and decided to do something about that. She began to sew small drawstring bags to serve this purpose. Customers can choose from bags in a variety of colors and prints. Fran purchases some of the fabric and some is donated by other volunteers. This year Fran, who is 94, made more than 1,100 bags.