Port-au-Prince, 11 October 2017– UNICEF has learned with consternation the use of its name and logo for possible extortion. In fact, in the Arcahaie region and across the country, a false record is being circulated with names and addresses that are unrelated to UNICEF in one way or another. This sheet refers to the distribution of school kits for which fuel costs are charged.
Under no circumstances does UNICEF require money to provide a service to the population. UNICEF does not distribute lampposts or laptops as mentioned in the paper sheet. The organization is therefore calling on the population to be vigilant about the document bearing the UNICEF logo and name. Individuals and organizations should ensure that the document is from UNICEF.
UNICEF would like to recall that its main partner in the field of education is the Ministry of National Education and Vocational Training (MENFP). The Ministry chooses the list of schools to receive school kits distributed by UNICEF.
UNICEF relies on the Haitian government to fulfill its mandate, which is the well-being of all children, in all areas in which the organization is working. Under no circumstances does UNICEF work with individuals. UNICEF has a partnership with organizations that are legally recognized by the Ministry of Planning and External Cooperation.
UNICEF will continue to support vulnerable children and families across the country by going into the most remote areas in accordance with our principle of equity.
While rejecting the responsibilities that this false fact sheet may entail, UNICEF will inform the relevant authorities.
UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, to build a better world for everyone.
Pour plus d’information:
Cornelia Walther, UNICEF Haiti Communication chief, email@example.com
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