UNICEF and EU Provide Safer Learning Opportunities for Syrian Children

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Deeply involved in philanthropic work around Houston, Carmen Maria Montiel is especially active in fund-raising endeavors for the Latino Learning Center. Carmen Maria Montiel also supports philanthropy on an international level by serving on the Board of Directors of UNICEF.

In a press release, UNICEF recently announced that it has finalized an agreement with the European Union (EU) to provide greater access to education to more than 2 million children impacted by the conflict in Syria. UNICEF explains that conflict has caused an education crisis in Syria and the surrounding nations, with 25 percent of Syrian schools rendered unusable, an estimated $700 million in lost school infrastructure, and more than 50,000 teachers no longer teaching.

To help the 2.7 million children who are academically displaced, UNICEF and the EU are committing $69 million in grants to expand safe education opportunities in Syria, Turkey, and Lebanon. UNICEF asserts that education initiatives, such as No Lost Generation, are crucial to children’s individual well-being and the future of the region.


UNICEF Prioritizes Female Education

Carmen Maria Montiel

An experienced television journalist and news anchor, Venezuela native Carmen Maria Montiel has held positions as a reporter for Telemundo-Houston and as a producer of syndicated videos for Ritmos Latinos. In addition to her professional accomplishments, Carmen Maria Montiel has served as on the board of directors for UNICEF since 2009.

UNICEF promotes the rights of children around the world through a number of initiatives, including multiple programs designed to eliminate educational barriers for young girls and achieve greater gender parity. UNICEF strives to empower young girls by advocating for changes in public policy. For example, the organization helped the Kenya Education sector plan include a section on girls’ education investment, and also helped enact policies in South Africa and Zambia that allow girls to return to school after giving birth. According to research, when girls return to secondary education, they earn an average of 25 percent higher wages later in life.

For more information about UNICEF’s educational interventions, visit http://www.unicef.org/education.

UNICEF Medical Teams Help Children in Unsettled Yemen

Carmen Maria Montiel

A former award-winning television journalist, Carmen María Montiel now engages in a wide range of philanthropic pursuits and holds advisory roles with various organizations. Carmen María Montiel currently holds a position on the board of directors for UNICEF.

UNICEF recently issued a press release to announce that diminishing health services in Yemen, caused by violence in the region, led UNICEF and its associates to increase delivery of vaccinations, nutrition screening, and additional life-saving medical treatments for millions of children impacted by the conflict. A UNICEF worker in Yemen explained that the organization’s staff and mobile teams have been working in extreme and life-threatening conditions to ensure that more children don’t perish from preventable diseases and malnutrition.

According to UNICEF, more than 16,000 children have received treatment for severe malnutrition and more than 40,000 children received polio and measles vaccinations since the conflict escalated in March 2015. The medical treatment has largely been completed by approximately 40 UNICEF-backed mobile health teams working to reach displaced populations throughout Yemen. In addition to vaccines and nutrition aid, the mobile health teams have served an estimated 10,000 pregnant women to ensure proper prenatal care and safe deliveries.

UNICEF Partnership Focuses on Helping Children through Technology

In a recent press release, UNICEF announced that it has partnered with ARM to advance the creation of innovative technologies that can overcome the obstacles stopping millions of families from receiving health and education services. The multiyear partnership is designed to help UNICEF deliver more rapid and comprehensive aid to children who are affected by mass urbanization, social barriers, and economic divides.

To begin the partnership, UNICEF and ARM united with frog, an international product strategy and design company, to launch the Wearables for Good challenge, which focuses on developing new devices that address child and maternal health issues in emerging economies. The UNICEF/ARM partnership has also established a longer-term plan to perform research in developing nations in an effort to assess and endorse market opportunities.

About the Author:

Carmen Maria Montiel

Over the course of her career as a television journalist, Carmen Maria Montiel served as a news anchor and producer for programs on stations like Telemundo-Houston and WKPT-TV ABC. Carmen Maria Montiel now focuses primarily on philanthropic pursuits and holds a number of leadership roles with charitable organizations, including a position on the Board of Directors of UNICEF.