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's worth of coffee in Melbourne or a nice meal in Sydney can go a long way in other parts in the world. Here are just a few things you can purchase across the globe with thirty dollars.

700 pencils for displaced children

When conflict and violence forces you away from your home, school can be a sanctuary that makes the world feel safe and normal again. In the Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh, almost 500,000 children are at risk of missing out on critical years of education.

$30 can buy 700 pencils to help Rohingya children in crisis in Bangladesh get back to learning and playing as soon as possible.
After fleeing from targeted violence against them in Myanmar, these Rohingya kids finally got psychosocial support and the chance to continue their education in a UNICEF-supported learning centre. © UNICEF/UN0215017/Sokol

Attending classes in UNICEF-supported safe spaces provides the stability, structure and routine these children need to cope with the fear and stress of displacement. Staying in school means that children are protected from violence, enables continued development and learning, and helps to prevent child labour.
Children attend a class at a UNICEF-supported learning centre in the Rohingya refugee camps. In late 2017, around 500,000 Rohingya children were forced to leave their homes and flee to Bangladesh. UNICEF is now providing them with safe spaces to learn and grow. © UNICEF/UN0158183/Sujan

23,500 litres of clean water after an earthquake

Earlier this year, a series of massive earthquakes tore through Papua New Guinea. Homes, hospitals and schools were severly damaged and many supplies of safe drinking water were cut off. Thousands of children - many in remote communities - were left in urgent need of food, water and shelter. Children were forced to drink dirty rain water for days and were at risk of catching deadly waterborne diseases due to the limited access to vaccines and treatment. 

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 23,500 litres after a natural disaster like the earthquake in Papua New Guinea.
One-year-old Solina contracted diarrhoea from being forced to drink unsafe water after an earthquake struck her village in Papua New Guinea. Clean drinking water is necessary in the aftermath of disaster and can be easily provided by using water purification tablets (right) © UNICEF/UN0187560/Bell; © UNICEF/UN012111/Sokhin

Along with our partners, UNICEF has provided access to drinking water to over 60,000 affected people in Papua New Guinea since the earthquake. 

125 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. This year, over 3.5 million children have been vaccinated against this preventable but dangerous disease.

Thanks to widespread vaccination efforts and programs, so far in 2018 there have been no new cases of polio reported in Syria. We want to make this the case in all countries to try and eradicate polio for good.

With $30, UNICEF could purchase 125 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. UNICEF and health partners have vaccinated over 3 million children, have conducted training programs for health workers, and explored innovations in the cold chain system via solarisation. © UNICEF/UN018084/Faour

56 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 56 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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