UNICEF Partnership

Dining for Women and UNICEF Join Forces for Good

Dining for Women has partnered with UNICEF USA to provide urgent support to some of the most vulnerable and forgotten groups in our world today: refugee women and girls in South Sudan and Jordan. The significant refugee populations in these two countries makes this the humanitarian crisis of our time, and it is well-documented that women and girls suffer the most during any humanitarian crisis.

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) works in 190 countries and territories to put children first. UNICEF has helped save more children’s lives than any other humanitarian organization, by providing health care and immunizations, clean water and sanitation, nutrition, education, emergency relief, and more.

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Dancers perform during an event organised at a child-friendly space run by UNICEF partner Woman Vision, in the Protection of Civilians (PoC) site, Bentiu, South Sudan, Friday 28 April 2017. Child-friendly spaces such as this one allow children to play and develop, and is an important aspect of the psycho-social wellbeing for those displaced by conflict. Six years after independence, the hopes and dreams of this fledgling nation have been shattered by armed conflict. Two million people are displaced within South Sudan’s borders, and another two million have fled the country, inflicting unthinkable hardship and suffering. Established in December 2013, the Bentiu Protection of Civilians (PoC) site hosts, as of late June 2017, some 114,000 internally displaced persons. More than 70% of children in South Sudan are not receiving an education, the highest proportion of out of school children in the world. Within the PoC site, some 95% of children are enrolled at the UNICEF and partner supported primary schools. UNICEF also supports Child Friendly Spaces (CFS) where psychosocial counsellors provide help to children who have witnessed horrific violence and are suffering from trauma. By allowing children to play games and engage in a routine, children are offered a sense of normality which is lacking in their day-to-day lives.

South Sudan Project

More than two million people have been displaced by violence in South Sudan, 87 percent of whom are women and children. Gender-based violence (GBV) is an urgent issue, with high levels of sexual violence prevalent throughout the country.

Dining for Women has pledged $100,000 for critical prevention and response services for women and children in South Sudan who are high risk of gender-based violence. This includes:

  • GBV mitigation — e.g. ensuring sufficient lighting and security patrols at displacement camps and protective patrols to help women who go outside the camps to search for firewood.
  • Psychosocial support — to help girls overcome difficult experiences such as rape, sexual abuse, and other forms of GBV.
  • Awareness campaigns — engaging communities in a process to explore, debate, and ultimately alter norms that influence behaviors, practices, and beliefs that contribute to GBV.
  • Capacity building — strengthening national capacity to deliver quality GBV prevention



Our $100,000 investment will support GBV prevention and response services for about 2,640 women and children in South Sudan. Our goal is to raise the $100,000 pledged amount by the end of 2018. To donate to this project, please click on the button below.


On 13 February 2016 in Jordan, a refugee from the Syrian Arab Republic, Qamar, is 14 years old. Raneem, 1, sits on her mother’s lap. Qamar married 2 years ago in Ramtha, Jordan where she now lives, having fled Syria after the conflict began. “We’re lucky,” says Qamar, “Its safer here than in Syria but I feel trapped in this house as there’s not enough room for all of us.” Qamar feels a huge sense of responsibility being a mother. “I was a child when I married and now I’m a child, with a child,” she says. Qamar can’t read or write and has not attended school since her family fled their home country.Jordan Project

Dining for Women has fulfilled its $100,000 pledge to UNICEF USA for the Syrian Refugee Project. This project will provide safe and lawful employment for Syrian refugee women in Jordan who have fewer opportunities for gainful employment while living in refugee camps. Our project will also address the urgent need for maternal and newborn health care services in Jordan settlement camps and other locations at the Jordan-Syrian border. Syrian refugees in Jordan are a younger demographic and, on average, 2,000 babies are born a month in these refugee camps.


With the Jordan project, we have a unique cost-sharing with UNICEF Next Generation, who have contributed $100,000. NextGen is a group of young leaders, entrepreneurs, and innovators in their 20s and 30s who commit their resources, resolve, and enthusiasm toward supporting UNICEF’s lifesaving work. Without the seed funding provided by Dining for Women and NextGen, this project would not have happened.