In February 2015, UNICEF and David Beckham OBE launched 7: The David Beckham UNICEF Fund to mark David's tenth year as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador.
The 7 Fund is a unique partnership, with the goal of helping the world’s most vulnerable and disadvantaged children reach their full potential. We are working together to transform the lives of children affected by extreme poverty, discrimination, exploitation or violence.
The money raised through the 7 Fund goes to a range of UNICEF programmes around the world where funding is critically low and where children are most at risk.
Here are some examples of how the 7 Fund is helping to transform children’s lives:
- In Bangladesh, where up to 2.6 million children do not regularly go to school, the 7 Fund is helping to ensure girls and boys get a quality education. With the 7 Fund's support, three million pre-school children have benefited from a redeveloped, child-friendly curriculum, helping to ensure they reach their full potential.
- In Burkina Faso, where diarrhoea is responsible for almost one in five child deaths, the 7 Fund is helping to protect children from deadly waterborne diseases by providing tens of thousands of people in isolated villages with toilets for the first time.
- In Cambodia, where half of children experience violence and many are trafficked and forced to work, the 7 Fund is supporting a dedicated phone-line where children can report violence, talk to a counsellor and be referred to appropriate follow-up services.
- Across Central and Eastern Europe, the 7 Fund is supporting a new social inclusion programme to combat racism against ethnic minorities and promote positive attitudes towards children with disabilities. We’ve reached more than 650,000 people in five countries with social inclusion messages, helping to change behaviours and tackle discrimination.
- In Djibouti, the 7 Fund has improved the chances of survival for more than 140,000 children under the age of five by ensuring they receive life-saving food and vaccinations to protect them from deadly diseases.
- Across Latin America, where millions of children face violence and abuse, the 7 Fund is supporting a range of child protection services. In El Salvador, which has one of the highest homicide rates in the world, the 7 Fund is helping UNICEF provide safe spaces to play, giving children the chance to enjoy being outdoors in a protected environment.
- In Papua New Guinea, where almost a third of children under five are underweight, the 7 Fund has helped train 664 health workers to recognise the early signs of malnutrition. Over 20,000 malnourished children have received micronutrients, essential for their growth and development.
- In Swaziland, the country with the highest rates of HIV infection in the world, the 7 Fund is helping UNICEF provide vital support and protection to HIV-positive mothers and children. As a result of the 7 Fund, thousands of teenagers living with HIV can now access support and services at local Teen Clubs.
WANT TO HELP 7?
Donations accepted in GBP £, USD $ and Euro. To donate to your local Unicef, visit www.support.unicef.org/7.