Drought in Africa Has Spread to Sahel

By Jeannette | April 3, 2012

Photo: European Union Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection

Photo: European Union Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection

By: Justin Chan

News of the famine and drought in Africa has not been promising. Since last summer, region after region has fallen victim to the drought that first affected Ethiopia and Somalia, next spread to the Sudan and is now affecting countries in the Sahel region.

According to CNN, like other recent social media campaigns, UNICEF recently took to the internet to promote a crusade it calls #SahelNOW. It has asked users of Facebook, Twitter and other forms of social media to share a video that addresses the scarcity of food that affects approximately 1 million children that live in the region. The Sahel is a relatively obscure strip of land located near the Sahara Desert and experiences frequent droughts. Along with countries like Senegal and Chad, it currently faces a number of dire circumstances, including poverty, drought and displacement. At least 10 million people are in danger of dying of starvation. Read More


Red Rooster Hosts UNICEF Tap Water Project

By Jeannette | March 19, 2012


Today marks the kickoff for World Water Week, where UNICEF’s Tap Project is put into full swing. This week, March 19-25, 2012, Red Rooster Harlem will help raise money to provide children in developing countries with access to clean water. UNICEF’s Tap Project encourages restaurants to ask their customers to donate $1 or more for the tap water that usually comes free. That money then goes to fund UNICEF’s water projects and with just one dollar, UNICEF can provide one child access to safe, clean water for 40 days.

The UNICEF tap project sprung to life five years ago in New York City. Read More


My GenConnect UNICEF Tap Project Video

By admin | November 3, 2011

Red Rooster Harlem

I have been a UNICEF ambassador for more than 10 years now and one of UNICEF’s projects that is most important to me is their Tap Project. Tap helps provide funding for better access to clean water for millions of children throughout the world, especially in Africa. How Tap works is simple; restaurants like Red Rooster Harlem, ask their patrons to donate $1 or more for the tap water they usually enjoy for free, and all funds raised go to support UNICEF’s efforts to bring clean and accessible water to millions of children in developing countries.

Since its inception in 2007, the UNICEF Tap Project has raised almost $2.5 million in the U.S. and has helped provide clean water for millions of children globally. Just the other day, genConnect featured their video of my passion for UNICEF’s Tap Project. Check out my genConnect video below about why UNICEF and the Tap Project are so important to me.

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By mahir | March 24, 2011

In Ethiopia

World Water Week

It’s World Water Week folks. A time in which we’re asked to reflect upon the scarcity of clean water throughout many parts of the globe and its impact on young children.

For me, this week of the year is especially impact-ful. Read More


How You Can Help Japan!

By mahir | March 11, 2011

After an 8.9 magnitude earthquake hit Japan this morning, thousands of people are in need of assistance. Our hearts go out to the Japanese people. Here’s how you can help Japan in this time of crisis. Read More


UNICEF: Life Line

By mahir | January 13, 2011

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By Yadesa Bojia

Through the work that Marcus is doing with UNICEF, children all over the world are gaining unprecedented access to clean drinking water.  Living in a country like the USA, where we are blessed with access to most of life’s major necessities, we tend to forget about a lack of simple necessities like water, shelter and food. The lack of those necessities keep a lot of parents sleepless around the world, send little children to the  grave too early, and cause unnecessary conflict which makes life too unbearable to the weak and defenseless among them. Read More


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