focuses its programs on: Child Survival and Development; Basic Education and Gender Equality; HIV/ AIDS and Children; Child Protection; and, Policy Advocacy and Partnerships. With the cooperation of its world wide partners and members, including governments and non-government agencies, it is able to implement its programs for children all over the world. This being so, it has 191 country based offices and innumerable chapters. Chapters or groups can be organized with the purpose of furthering the UNICEF goals and primarily act as fund raisers. Generally, there are no requirements for membership. In fact, one can just sign in at the UNICEF Website (www.unicef.org) and become a member. But some chapters require additional requirements to ensure that its members understand the goals of the organization. The University of Pennsylvania for one requires a person to attend five meetings before he is allowed to join their UNICEF Chapter. The University of Houston allows immediate membership provided that one pays the $10.00 annual fee forming part of their fund to be turned over to the UNICEF. Donations for the continued support of UNICEF Programs can be directly sent to any UNICEF Office.
Membership is important. It allows you to give donations to help fund UNICEF programs. It also helps in showing support to UNICEF and its programs. Your show of support and being counted as a member gives power to UNICEF and for what it stands for. As a member one can avail of the overflowing gratitude and smiles of children that have benefitted and continue to benefit from UNICEF Programs which you can view at the UNICEF Website. These are far more valuable than money. It brings so much happiness and joy to each member. For me it truly out-weights gold.
UNICEF has been engaged in so many successful projects. Out of these so many projects, one that I really appreciate and give support to is the “Unite for Children, Unite for Aids” program. This program initiated