The Glasgow Commonwealth Games are over but it’s impact will be felt for years to come.
The United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) teamed up with the Commonwealth Games in an effort to save millions of children’s lives. They raised funds through a campaign they call, “Put Children First“.
Lord Ashdown, the President of UNICEF-UK, penned a brilliant piece on the campaign via a Huffington Post blog. He provides examples of where the donated proceeds are going — like that of SwimSafe, an initiative to prevent drowning in Bangladesh.
“I also visited a project where children are taught to swim. Why is that important? Because with climate-change-driven monsoon flooding becoming an increasing problem in low lying countries like Bangladesh, knowing how to stay afloat and get to dry land is a matter of life and death. It’s staggering that an estimated 18,000 children die every year from drowning in this flood prone nation. Unicef’s work has already taught 300,000 children to swim, giving them a fighting chance of survival in the years to come.”
UNICEF travels to Bangladesh to #PutChildrenFirst