Schools for Africa

Schools for Africa became the Society's first official international project in 2010. Since that time, members have donated approximately $324,150 to the project, as of October 2016. Currently the project works with 13 countries in sub-Saharan Africa including Angola, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Niger, Burkina Faso, Mali, Ethiopia, Madagascar, Sierra Leone and Guinea Bissau.  The SFA mission involves providing access to quality basic education for children, focusing on girls, orphans and other vulnerable youngsters. UNICEF works through this project with governments, local authorities, communities and other partners to:

  • Foster community participation in school management 
  • Build and improve classroom buildings and equipment 
  • Create safe and protective environments where children can learn and play (CFS, Child-Friendly School programs)
  • Provide access to clean water and separate sanitation facilities for boys and girls in schools
  • Supply exercise books, pens, proper furniture and other school and sports materials
  • Train teachers to provide children with quality education and basic life skills
  • Educate children about proper hygiene and HIV prevention: this knowledge is passed on to siblings, parents, and the community at large
  • Provide other interventions, including but not limited to health check-ups, immunization and scholarships
  • Insure a stimulating start in life to children below age five

According to UNICEF's most recent annual report on the Schools for Africa project, major gains have been made in:

  • Early childhood development
  • Access and retention to quality primary basic education
  • Non-formal education
  • HIV prevention in schools
  • Education in emergencies

Please pay all donations directly to UNICEF using the Schools for Africa Flyer (donation form)

Frequently Asked Questions

  • The United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund, (UNICEF) was founded in 1946 by the United Nations to meet the emergency needs of children in post-World War II Europe and China.

    In 1950, its mandate was broadened to address the long-term needs of children and women in developing countries everywhere.

    UNICEF became a permanent part of the United Nations system in 1953, when its name was shortened to the United Nations Children's Fund. However, UNICEF retained its original acronym.
  • UNICEF began in the aftermath of World War II, supplying dried milk, nutritional supplements, medicines, immunizations and other urgent assistance to help starving and ill children in Europe, the Middle East and China. Today UNICEF works in more than 190 countries and territories to save and improve children's lives.

    In cooperation with governments and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), UNICEF saves and protects the world's most vulnerable children, working to ensure child rights and providing health care, immunizations, nutrition, access to safe water and sanitation services, basic education, protection and emergency relief.
  • The U.S. Fund for UNICEF is one of 36 national committees that raise funds for UNICEF’s global programs.

    The mission of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF is to work for the survival, protection and development of children worldwide through fundraising, advocacy and education. Together, we are working toward the day when no children die from preventable causes and every child has a safe and healthy childhood.

    The U.S. Fund is comprised of divisions undertaking fundraising, education and advocacy through a variety of ways including major gift fundraising, corporate partnerships, civil society partnerships, foundations, and community engagement and fundraising initiatives.

    The U.S. Fund is headquartered in New York and has regional offices in Boston, Washington D.C., Chicago, Atlanta, Houston, L.A., Dallas and San Francisco.

    The U.S. Fund for UNICEF meets the Better Business Bureau’s Wise Giving Alliance’s Standards for Charity Accountability. The U.S. Fund also meets Charity Navigator’s highest financial standards for charities. Out of every dollar spent, 90.2 cents goes toward helping children. We spend just 7.1 cents on fundraising costs, and 2.7 cents on administration.
  • UNICEF is focused on addressing global children’s programs to save and protect the world’s most vulnerable children.

    In the United States, the U.S. Fund for UNICEF engages American youth by providing opportunities for them to advocate, fundraise and volunteer on behalf of their peers around the world. Through Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF, UNICEF Kid Power, the UNICEF Tap Project and a variety of volunteer clubs, initiatives and partnerships, hundreds of thousands of young Americans contribute to UNICEF's lifesaving work and learn more about the issues of child survival and international development.

    UNICEF's emergency relief efforts are focused primarily outside of the U.S., in countries that are less equipped to meet the basic needs of children or that are affected by conflict or natural disaster. But when Hurricane Katrina left hundreds of thousands of children along the Gulf Coast without homes and schools, UNICEF responded by sending School-in-a-Box and recreation kits to the region. The U.S. Fund for UNICEF also offers American teachers free multimedia resources and lesson plans covering a wide range of global topics of interest to educators. You can find these resources at
  • The Schools for Africa project is a partnership between UNICEF, the Nelson Mandela Foundation, and the Hamburg Foundation (now the Peter Krämer Stiftung).

    Schools for Africa aims to provide quality education to millions of children in Africa with a special focus on the most marginalized. To date, Schools for Africa has helped more than 30 million children achieve the dream of an education. It supports the work of UNICEF to build and furnish schools, train teachers, facilitate school access to disadvantaged children especially girls and marginalized children, provide access to clean water and supply students with school materials.

    More information on the Schools for Africa program may be found at
  • Since 1997, The Delta Kappa Gamma Society International (DKG)—an international women's organization dedicated to excellence in education—has supported UNICEF's work around the globe.

    Currently, DKG is supporting Schools for Africa. Schools for Africa help the most disadvantaged children in Africa to get a quality education.

    With support from Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, Schools for Africa is helping to support UNICEF education programs in 13 countries – Angola, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Guinea-Bissau, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Niger, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, South Africa, and Zimbabwe – in the following areas of intervention: Early childhood development, Access and retention to quality primary education, lower secondary and non-formal education, HIV prevention in schools, Education in emergencies.

    While we ask that DKG chapters remain focused on our Schools for Africa partnership, chapters and members may also choose to support other projects such as Trick or Treat for UNICEF, TAP, UNICEF Kid Power and more.

    Trick or Treat for UNICEF funds go directly to help save children’s lives in over 190 countries and territories through immunization, education, health care, nutrition, clean water and sanitation. All of our work, everywhere, springs from the belief that we must lead and inspire the world to put children first. Your donation is crucial to reaching that goal. For more information, you may visit:

    The UNICEF Tap Project challenges you to put down your phone and help save children’s lives. The Tap Project provides clean, safe water for children around the world by encouraging you to stop texting, calling, emailing, tweeting and posting -- and challenge
    your friends to do the same. Millions of children around the globe do not have safe, clean water to drink, and the lack of this basic necessity is not merely inconvenient — it can be lethal. For every fifteen minutes you don’t touch your phone, UNICEF Tap Project sponsors and supporters provide the funding equivalent of a day of clean water. For more information, you may visit:

    UNICEF Kid Power is a program of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, and is made possible through the generous support of Disney, Star Wars: Force for Change and Target. By getting active with the UNICEF Kid Power Band, the World’s First Wearable-for-Good™, kids go on missions to learn about new cultures and earn points. Points unlock funding from partners, parents and fans, and funds are used by UNICEF to deliver lifesaving packets of therapeutic food to severely malnourished children around the world. The more kids move, the more points they earn and the more lives they save. People everywhere can join the UNICEF Kid Power Team to help end global malnutrition by purchasing a UNICEF Kid Power Band, available at*, and downloading the free companion UNICEF Kid Power App. For more information, you may visit:
  • DKG is currently supporting Schools for Africa.

    You can donate online:

    Send in checks to:
    U.S. Fund for UNICEF
    C/O NGO Department
    125 Maiden Lane
    New York, NY 10038

    Include the name of your organization and chapter on the memo line.

    For donations for all other program areas like TOT, Tap, or Emergency appeal programs through direct mail, indicating the program in the on the memo line as well as the organization and chapter.
  • UNICEF has an extensive infrastructure in place for procuring and distributing materials to more than 190 countries and territories worldwide. The costs of accepting material donations in the U.S. and then shipping them to the intended country would result in a net loss of money and resources for UNICEF that could be better directed towards existing programs. UNICEF's main warehouse is located in Copenhagen, Denmark and most materials, including blankets and clothing, are shipped from there. Unfortunately, we are unable to accept material donations. The most effective way to support UNICEF’s efforts with children in health, nutrition, sanitation, and education, is to donate monetarily.
  • UNICEF works at the invitation of the host country and ensures special protection for the most disadvantaged children- victims of war, disasters, extreme poverty, all forms of violence and exploitation and those with disabilities. UNICEF is, at the core, an international organization helping the most vulnerable children in the world. While the U.S. certainly has needs as well, UNICEF’s mission is to work and protect children globally, in the hardest to reach areas.

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