Three Ways Grandmas Can Tackle Ebola

One – Trick or Treat for Unicef

UN General Assembly where Obama spoke

UN General Assembly where Obama spoke

The Ebola virus seems just too overwhelming, not only for the children we love but even for us. But Unicef has an answer. They’ve been on the front lines for months already.

It’s not too early to start talking to the children in your life about Trick-or-Treating for UNICEF! Did you know this was an ongoing program? On their website they suggest three ways to help – traditional door-to-door, online, or holding a party. Would one of these appeal to your favorite child or children? If you offered to help with costume design or one of the others, I bet the answer would be yes!

Do you know where the name Unicef came from?  Do your grandchildren? You can find out here.

Two – Learn about the United States’ Response

The United States is sending help and Obama has asked other countries to step forward too.

You can watch Obama’s speech at the UN. At nine minutes, it may be too long to hold children’s attention, but you can look at these pictures of the UN and see others too while you listen.

Flags outside the UN Headquarters in New York City

Flags outside the UN Headquarters in New York City

Three – Become Familiar with the Affected Countries

Why not also get a map of Africa and let the children find the affected countries – Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone primarily, with Senegal and Nigeria having limited cases? Here’s an interactive map you can use.


Flags of the world

Another way to encourage children to learn about Africa is to look at the flags and match them up with countries.

You can try this game – maybe after studying the flags!

Did you try the game? How did you do? Did the children you know do better?



Author of memoir Nigeria Revisited My Life and Loves Abroad, blogger, board member U.S.National Committee for UN Women, former Peace Corps volunteer, Unitarian Universalist, expert in nonprofit management and fundraising, certified fundraising executive (CFRE), racial justice advocate..

Posted on September 26, 2014, in Africa, Education, Giving, Grandchildren, Health, UNICEF and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. What a good idea! UNICEF has always been important to my family and my children had containers with them and would say, “Trick or Treat for UNICEF” on Halloween. I’ll share this with my daughter and grandson. Thank you Caterine for sharing this important information.


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