By Hilary White
TORONTO, June 20, 2006 (LifeSiteNews.com) – At the end of May, LifeSiteNews.com reported that the United Nations International Children’s’ Fund (UNICEF) announced that it would be ending its annual Hallowe’en collection drive. The UNICEF spokesman, Evelyne Guindon, said that the collection of coins by school children that had been a feature of Canadian life for five decades was costing more money than it was worth, but that “alternatives” were being considered.
Now UNICEF Canada is coming back with “Trick or Treat for UNICEF,” a program for schools to encourage children to become involved in the abortion-promoting group.
UNICEF Canada’s website says, “Our vision is to build an enhanced partnership with schools and provide more meaningful participation and educational opportunities for children.”
The plan is to extend the fundraising through the schools for the entire month of October. “Instead of students collecting change in the UNICEF box on Halloween night, schools will receive fundraising kits that can be used anytime during the month of October.”
Pro-life advocates have campaigned for years against the organization’s dedication to the abortion philosophy, calling on them to return to their original vision. In 2002, Joe Woodard writing in the Calgary Herald, revealed that the organization had been transformed into just another branch office for the anti-life and anti-family policies of the UN.
Woodard wrote, “This trend was codified in the 1998 declaration in Geneva of a partnership of the Children’s Fund, World Health Organization and UN Fund for Population Activities (UNFPA). That partnership—the Co-ordinating Committee on Health—aligned UNICEF with UNFPA’s major partner agency, International Planned Parenthood, which ranks second only to the Chinese government in the volume of abortions it provides.”
In the years following the Second World War, the group was founded to bring much needed material aid to children, including the thousands of orphans left destitute after the war. But since the 1970’s UNICEF has shifted its focus to promote the UN’s population control agenda, including abortion and contraceptives for children and young people, and sex education under the auspices of “family planning” and “reproductive rights.”
In 1997, the Catholic School board of Toronto discontinued its support for UNICEF and Campaign Life Coalition convinced a number of Toronto’s Catholic schools to introduce a similar box to collect funds for a local women’s crisis pregnancy centre, Aid to Women.
In 1996, the Vatican announced that because of UNICEF’s abortion advocacy, it would cancel its token $2000 annual donation to the organization.
Some pro-life and pro-family international aid organizations assisting mothers and children in the developing world include:
8 Riverview Avenue
St. John’s, Newfoundland
Canada A1C 2S5
Fax: 709- 579-6501
E-Mail: [email protected]
Canadian Food for Children
3218 – 224 Street, Langley, B.C. V2Z 2G8Â
Email: [email protected]
Aid to the Church in Need
D-61462 Königstein im Taunus
Tel.: 06174 291-0
Fax: 06174 3423
Pro-life supporters looking for a home for their donations can also send assistance to LifeSiteNews.com directly through our website: https://www.lifesitenews.com/contribute/
To contact UNICEF Canada with your concerns:
2200 Yonge Street, Suite 1100
Toronto, ON M4S 2C6
Telephone +1 416 482 4444
Fax +1 416 482 8035
Email [email protected]
Read previous LifeSiteNews.com coverage:
UNICEF to End Hallowe’en Box Collection in Canada
Read the pamphlet:
UNICEF; Guilty as Charged
Read LifeSiteNews.com special report:
UNICEF’s Other Agendas