1 June 2016 – UNICEF together with Louis Vuitton, Vogue Ukraine, and famous singer Tina Karol have launched a global campaign Make a Promise in Ukraine. Funds raised globally through this partnership, including in Ukraine, will be provided to the programmes for children affected by conflicts, and other situations that threaten their safety and well-being.

“The partnership will also help to shed light on silent emergencies that might not be in the public eye but affect children in a devastating and long-lasting way, such as in Ukraine, where the conflict has deeply affected the lives of 580,000 children. As the crisis continues, we need to reach these children urgently to meet their physical as well as psychological needs”, said Giovanna Barberis, UNICEF Representative in Ukraine.

In Ukraine, following two years of violence, shelling and fear, over 230,000 children have left their homes and been registered as internally displaced. Earlier this year, UNICEF called for an additional US$54.3 million to address the humanitarian needs of the most vulnerable children in conflict-affected regions. Partnership and fundraising initiatives are a critical element to providing a humanitarian response globally and in Ukraine in particular, and especially when supported by prominent leaders and celebrities, UNICEF can help in providing lifesaving supplies and services to children in need.

“It so touching, that the whole world is caring about children”, said Tina Karol presenting the photo for the campaign.

Everyone can join the campaign even by sharing your ‘pinky promise’ to children and posting #MakeaPromise.

“The longer I live, the more I realise how strongly happiness of an individual depends on happiness in childhood”, said Masha Tsukanova, highlighting support from Vogue Ukraine to the UNICEF campaign.

UNICEF has been working with partners to provide affected children with the basic services they need. To date, UNICEF has:

  • Provided psychosocial support to over 80,000 affected children and their families.
  • Eighteen UNICEF Community Protection Centres will provide services to over 250,000 children and their families in eastern regions of Ukraine this year.
  • Provided over 260,000 children and adults with essential hygiene items, and ensured safe drinking water to over 1.6 million people in eastern regions of Ukraine.
  • Supported the repair and rehabilitation of 57 schools in eastern Ukraine and has provided over 200,000 children with education supplies.
  • Delivered antiretroviral drugs to 8,000 people and children living with HIV in non-government controlled areas and HIV testing for over 31,000 pregnant women.
  • Procured polio vaccines for 4,7 million children

While supporting conflict-affected children, UNICEF in Ukraine continues to address issues related to access to health services, HIV prevention, tolerance and stigma of vulnerable families, and the development of young people.

To know more about Make a Promise campaign and donations, please visit http://support.unicef.org/lvforunicef

For more information, please contact:

Anna Sukhodolska, UNICEF Ukraine, asukhodolska@unicef.org

Olga Samoilova, UNICEF Ukraine, Osamoilova@unicef.org


UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere. For more information about UNICEF and its work in Ukraine visit: www.unicef.org.ua . Join us on Twitter, Facebook and ВКонтакте. To support UNICEF Ukraine with donation, please visit http://support.unicef.org/campaign/ukraine-appeal