These are the kinds of headlines UNICEF wakes up to every day:

— One million children in west and central Africa facing a life-threatening food and nutrition crisis.

— Urgent funding needed for children affected by violence in Syria.

— UNICEF alarmed over recruitment of children into armed groups in Mali.

UNICEF, created in the aftermath of World War II, today works in 190 countries to save and improve children’s lives through health care and immunizations, clean water and sanitation, nutrition, education, emergency relief and more. To do that, it relies heavily on fundraising.

Metro Atlantans can get a closer look at UNICEF’s work on Thursday, Sept. 13, through the agency’s Southeast Speaker Series. The conversation begins at 5:30 p.m. and will focus on shipping and supplies — how UNICEF gets its goods and services to children around the world.

To reserve your spot, please email Stephanie Hurt at or call her at 404.881.2700, Ext. 200. The talk is at 55 Glenlake Parkway, Atlanta, GA 30328. “Tickets” will soon be available online.

Instead of a traditional ticket, attendees are being asked to make a gift in one of three categories, all of which will be part of the Sept. 13 conversation:

— $24.98, which buys 600 high-energy biscuits

— $86.25, which buys a bicycle that will transport supplies to remote areas

— $236.23, which buys one School in a Box

UNICEF estimates that 21,000 children die every day from preventable causes. Its goal is to reduce that number to zero.

For more on UNICEF or to donate, please click HERE.

About Kathy Janich

Kathy Janich is a longtime arts journalist who has been seeing, working in or writing about the performing arts for most of her life. She's a member of the Theatre Communications Group, the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas, Americans for the Arts and the National Arts Marketing Project. Full disclosure: She’s also an artistic associate at Synchronicity Theatre.

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