Since 2017, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) has held a fundraising gala every spring to recognize and raise funds for global calamities supported by UNICEF, a United Nations agency focused in providing developmental aid to children worldwide. This tradition has brought together various members of our community, allowing us to expand our worldview and make a difference for those in need. For our sixth annual event, the UNICEF at UIUC Gala Committee has chosen to highlight Afghanistan. In light of the grave humanitarian crisis currently unfolding, we are seeking support from the entire campus community and beyond to empower Afghan children.
On April 8, 2022, beginning at 7:00 pm CST, UNICEF at UIUC will be hosting its Gala, Hope For Every Afghan Child. We are excited to share that our fundraising event will be held in-person this year at The Venue CU in Champaign, IL!
Last Year's Gala Success
Although UNICEF at UIUC modified its gala traditions and held its 2021 Rebuilding Beirut Luncheon on Zoom Webinar, a grand total of $1,032.25 was raised!
The Afghanistan War has continued for two decades, exacerbated by the withdrawal of U.S. troops in 2021. As Afghanistan battles its ongoing socio-economic crisis, a worldwide pandemic, human rights atrocities, and food insecurity, over 9.7 million Afghan children remain vulnerable—in dire need of humanitarian assistance. The Afghan population has fallen victim to natural disasters, which has claimed more innocent lives. Afghanistan's government is failing to address malnutrion and the increasing health challenges posed by COVID-19. To make matters worse, international donors have suspended most non-humanitarian funding and frozen billions of dollars in assets, considering the country's fragile economic state. Without this critical funding, millions of Afghan women and children have been forcibly displaced.
Our Hope For Every Afghan Child Gala will be conducted in two parts:
Instilling hope among Afghan children is a group effort. UNICEF at UIUC needs your help. Help us do good.
**This is open to all ages. The Hope For Every Afghan Child Gala will follow UNICEF USA's child safeguarding best practices.**