Tuesday, July 1, 2014

UNICEF Offers New Line of Holiday Gifts Featuring Hand-Crafted Artisan Items from NOVICA

This holiday season the U.S. Fund for UNICEF has partnered with NOVICA to expand its offering of gifts that give back to children around the world. Each item purchased from the 'UNICEF Market' will benefit UNICEF's programs that provide lifesaving nutrition, medicine, education, clean water, emergency relief and more to children in need. This new array of handcrafted products will also support artisans in countries where UNICEF works, many of whom live in rural communities and did not have the means to sell their work on the international market. NOVICA has made this possible.

"I loved the idea of connecting local artisans to a 'UNICEF Market' where their products could be sold to benefit them, while also helping improve the lives of children all around the world," said Actress, UNICEF Ambassador and U.S. Fund for UNICEF National Board Member Téa Leoni. "From my travels with UNICEF, I know firsthand how much difference the organization makes for children around the world, and I'm proud to have helped bring the 'UNICEF Market' concept to life."

Starting in October, thousands of handcrafted creations will be available at the 'UNICEF Market', market.unicefusa.org. Gift offerings include hand-crafted jewelry, home accents and accessories such as quartz dangle earrings from Thailand ($18.49); a Mexican Talavera Ceramic Serving Bowl ($20.99); a Mohena Wood Mirror from the Andes ($52.99); and a Batik robe from the Bali and Java region ($67.99).

Also new this year is UNICHEF: Top Chefs Unite in Support of the World's Children, a collaboration of 40 world-class chefs assembled by U.S. Fund for UNICEF National Board Member Hilary Gumbel. UNICHEF's contributors were brought together to create an international culinary travelogue of recipes, personal photographs and remembrances. UNICEF Ambassador Marcus Samuelsson, David Chang, Wolfgang Puck, Emeril Lagasse, Sandra Lee, Cat Cora, Jamie Oliver, Giada De Laurentiis and Mario Batali, among others, are included in the collection. The author has chosen to donate 100 percent of the royalties that she would have received to the U.S. Fund for UNICEF. Beginning September 29, UNICHEF will be available for purchase at GlitteratiIncorporated.com, Amazon.com, and at shop.unicefusa.org.

UNICEF Inspired Gifts, actual lifesaving items that go directly to help children in developing countries, are available again this year at http://www.inspiredgifts.org. Shoppers can purchase life-changing and lifesaving gifts in honor of a loved one such as Therapeutic Food, a peanut-based paste that provides quick, lifesaving nourishment to a child suffering from acute malnutrition ($67.50 can provide 10 malnourished children with lifesaving nutrition for 5 days); Oral Rehydration Salts, a simple solution of salts and minerals that can reverse the deadly loss of essential fluids due to dehydration ($46.75 can provide 500 packets); and a Winter Survival Pack, consisting of a blanket, set of clothes, 900 packets of micronutrient powder and 10,000 water purification tabs to help 1 child survive the winter ($159.42).

In addition, the U.S. Fund for UNICEF offers a variety of boxed holiday cards ($10 to $20) that can be purchased online beginning in August, and at Pier 1 Imports, IKEA, Barnes and Noble and select Hallmark Gold Crown stores starting in September. Individual holiday cards will be available as well beginning in November. For all UNICEF cards purchased in Pier 1 Imports and IKEA, the retailers will donate 100 percent of the purchase price of each holiday card pack. To shop online visit http://shop.unicefusa.org/.

"When purchasing your holiday gifts this year, we ask that you consider the most vulnerable children in the world," said Caryl Stern, president and CEO of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF. "Every gift you buy can help save children's lives."

Caryl Stern's memoir, I Believe In ZERO: Learning From the World's Children, (St. Martin's Press) will be released in paperback in October 2014. The book takes readers on journeys through Africa, South America, and South and East Asia to experience the lives of women and children in need. Each of the stories focuses on a particular location and weaves together background on the country and its history, an account of the humanitarian situation, and depictions of the people Stern meets on her travels. The book will be available at shop.unicefusa.org/ beginning October 7. The author has chosen to donate 100 percent of the royalties she would have received to the U.S. Fund for UNICEF.

source: Unicef 

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