It’s easy to forget how dramatically different the costs of goods and services can be around the globe.

The money we might spend on a week of coffees in Melbourne or a nice meal in Sydney can go a long way in other places in the world. Here are just a few things you can purchase across the globe with thirty dollars.

800 pencils for displaced children

When conflict forces you away from your home, school can be a sanctuary that makes the world feel safe and normal again. In the Lake Chad region, Boko Haram’s violence has pulled more than a million children out of school.

$30 can buy 800 pencils to help children in crisis in Nigeria get back to learning and playing as soon as possible.
After fleeing from the atrocious violence of Boko Haram, these kids finally got psychosocial support and the chance to continue their education in a UNICEF classroom. © UNICEF/UNI181989/Rich

Attending classes in UNICEF-supported safe spaces provides the stability, structure and routine these children need to cope with the fear and stress of war. During conflict, school keeps children protected from violence, recruitment into armed groups, child labour and early marriage.
Girls attend a class at a UNICEF-supported safe space in the Dalori camp for displaced people in Nigeria. In 2015, over 150,000 children across the conflict-affected Lake Chad region participated in UNICEF’s learning programmes. © UNICEF/UNI193691/Esiebo

18,500 litres of clean water after a cyclone

Earlier this year, Cyclone Winston tore through homes, hospitals and infrastructure in Fiji, cutting off supplies of safe water. Drinking dirty rain water for days, children were at risk of catching deadly waterborne diseases.

Then the water purification tablets arrived. With each tablet, five litres of dirty water became a clean, safe source of life.

$30 can buy enough water purification tablets to clean 18,500 litres after a natural disaster like Cyclone Winston in Fiji.
“We had to use river water for our laundry and dishes. It was very dirty, lots of rubbish was floating. For me as a mother these first few days were really difficult, I was worried that we can get a disease from that water. Now we have water purification tablets, so we finally can drink this water safely.” - Verenaisi, Fiji © UNICEF/UN012111/Sokhin

Along with our partners, UNICEF has provided access to drinking water to almost 200,000 people in Fiji since Cyclone Winston.

130 polio vaccines for children

Years of conflict and turmoil have made Syria one of the worst places in the world to be a child. With hospitals destroyed and shut down, doctors forced to flee and health and sanitation services incredibly hard to come by, disease can spread at a devastating pace.

So when the polio virus returned to Syria in 2013 there was a critical need to vaccinate children and stop an outbreak. UNICEF supports massive vaccination campaigns to reach children across the country - even in besieged and hard-to-reach areas.

With $30, UNICEF could purchase 130 polio vaccinations to protect children and help keep this deadly disease out of Syria for good.
A baby in Hama, north of Homs, receives a polio vaccination as part of a UNICEF-supported national immunisation campaign. In April 2016, UNICEF and health partners conducted their 18th mass vaccination campaign, having targeted 2.9 million children across the country in each round. © UNICEF/UN018084/Faour

52 sachets of life-saving peanut paste to treat malnourished children

When the rains failed - Marianna’s life changed completely. “We had enough grain to sell, as well as eat. There was money to manage the household, and I felt I could care for the family well,” she says.

But last year, nothing grew.

Marianna’s family struggled for money and food after going months without harvesting crops. Her two year-old daughter Tamina was diagnosed with severe acute malnutrition at a UNICEF-supported community health post, where she was treated with therapeutic milk and food.

$30 could buy 52 sachets of Plumpy’Nut, a nutritious peanut paste fortified with vitamins and minerals to help children recover from severe malnutrition in Ethiopia. Three sachets a day can save a child’s life and bring her back to health in weeks.
Marianna feeds her two year-old daughter Tamina with ready-to-use therapeutic food at a UNICEF-supported health post in Ethiopia. © UNICEF/UN011591/Ayene

A profound impact for children every month

UNICEF Australia’s Global Parents help deliver these things to children every month. They choose to give what they can because they know how even a little contribution can make a lifechanging difference to families in crisis, because they want to make giving a part of who they are and how they live, and because they’re proud to be part of a kind and generous community.

For $30 a month, you can too. As a Global Parent you’ll deliver education, water, vaccines and therapeutic food to the world’s most vulnerable children.

When emergency strikes, you’ll help our teams deliver prepositioned supplies to families who have lost everything. When conflicts fade from the headlines, you’ll help us stand by children in danger. And when drought, disease and famine go unreported, your generosity can help the world’s forgotten children.

You can help continue this vital work, wherever children need us most. By signing up with a monthly gift, you make powerful commitment: that wherever a child is born and whatever comes their way, they’ll have a life, a chance, a choice.

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