Adopt a rag doll and save a child
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For the sixth consecutive year now, UNICEF Slovenia has been successfully implementing the project Rag doll, which under the title 'Adopt a rag doll and save a child' ensures the vaccination of children against six infectious diseases (diphtheria, measles, whooping cough, infantile paralysis, tuberculosis, and tetanus) in the developing countries. Namely, every day 2 million children around the world die from the diseases that could be prevented. The project Rag doll has spread throughout the entire country with extreme success among the small and big, the young and old, men and women makers of rag dolls. The rag doll is a toy known to all cultures of the world and in this project by UNICEF it symbolizes a child from a developing country who needs our help. With the purchase or adoption of a rag doll you enable the vaccination of one child against six infectious diseases. The manufacturing of rag dolls is based on the voluntary work of older volunteers, pupils of primary and secondary schools, and children and their teachers in kindergartens. The purchase of a rag doll forms a bond between those who helped a child with their contribution, and those who enabled this with their voluntary work. For this purpose, every rag doll has an identification card with her or his characteristics, and a greeting card, with which a buyer can inform the manufacturer about the doll's new home. Thus the doll is not bought but, rather, adopted to her new family.
Facts and figures:
- more than 30 million children around the world are not vaccinated;
- due to the diseases that could be prevented by vaccination, die:
- over 2 million children every year;
- six children every minute;
- one child every minute solely due to measles;
- while in the 80s only every fifth child was vaccinated, today the number has risen to 80 % of the world's children.
What is UNICEF doing?
- UNICEF is the main supplier of vaccines to the developing countries;
- UNICEF vaccinates more than 40 % of all the children around the world.
- whooping cough;
- infantile paralysis;
Make your own unique rag doll and save a child It is not difficult to make a doll, it can be done by anyone, a child or an adult, all you need is a little imagination and effort.
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