Manchester United has renewed its partnership with UNICEF, the world’s leading children’s organisation, committing £1million to fund vital child protection work and calling on the club's supporters to unite to protect children.
The United for UNICEF partnership has been hugely successful over the last 13 years, raising £3million and helping more than 3.4million vulnerable children worldwide. It is the longest running partnership of its kind between a sporting organisation and a global charity.
Of this new £1million commitment, £500,000 will be used to fund UNICEF’s essential work to protect children in Vietnam. There are currently an estimated 23.6million children living in Vietnam and more than 20 per cent of them are vulnerable to abuse, exploitation and neglect. The funding will be used to support children who are orphans, those who have been involved in child labour or trafficking, and others who live on the streets or suffer from drug abuse. In addition, the partnership will:
• Train 160 social welfare managers to identify children at risk
• Train 400 community based social workers on child protection
• Support the Vietnamese government in developing a national child protection system
• Use activities including football to engage with marginalised children and ensure they are getting the support