Donations from Sanofi France employees and a matching contribution from the Sanofi Espoir Foundation were allocated to the UNICEF 2019 Emergency Fund, which notably provided support to Yemen and Syria.
The Season of Solidarity has lived up to its promise. Organized at Sanofi each year, the 2019 edition raised more than 23,000 euros, thanks to donations collected from Sanofi France employees and the Sanofi Espoir Foundation's matching contribution. This was donated to UNICEF, the United Nations Children's Fund, which earmarked the amount for its 2019 emergency fund for children, especially those living in Yemen and Syria.
"We are committed to responding to humanitarian emergencies and silent crises in many countries around the world," explains Valérie Faillat, Executive Director of the Sanofi Espoir Foundation. "We are proud to support UNICEF, as we pay special attention to women and children, who are the first victims of these crises.”
"We applaud both the effort made by Sanofi France employees and the support of the Sanofi Espoir Foundation because there is an immense need for funds: never before have been so many countries experienced conflict since the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1989. Last year, UNICEF and its partners worked in 61 countries," said Sebastien Lyon, Executive Director of UNICEF France.
The nine-year war in Syria has left some 5 million children in need, according to UNICEF, and there are more than 2.5 million refugee children outside the country. UNICEF estimates that humanitarian funding needs for children in Syria in 2020 will total nearly $295 million, with an additional $864 million needed for Syrian refugees in neighboring countries such as Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey.
In Yemen, more than four years of conflict have resulted in the world's worst crisis, with 24 million people in need of humanitarian assistance, including 12.2 million children. Funding needs in Yemen are estimated at nearly $535 million. At the end of January, $363 million or more than two-thirds of the funds, still needed to be raised.
450 water and hygiene kits for a family of 5 people
Due to the support of the Sanofi Espoir Foundation and the company's employees, UNICEF was able to finance water and hygiene kits for 2,250 beneficiaries.
This basic kit (buckets, jerry cans, soap, water purification tablets, a flashlight, toothpaste, toothbrushes, and detergents) can meet the needs of a family of five for one month.