Company to Launch On-line Journal to Highlight UNICEF Brazil Field Trip
DALLAS, Nov. 5 /CNW/ -- Kimberly-Clark Corporation (NYSE: KMB) today
announced a donation totaling nearly $1 million to the U.S. Fund for UNICEF
(the United Nations Children's fund), which will focus on reducing the rate of
infant mortality and increasing and improving access to basic sanitation,
nutrition and education programs for families and children in Brazil.
Kimberly-Clark's first installment of $325,000 is targeted to benefit
indigenous children in the Amazon region and Quilombolas children in Brazil's
Semi-arid region. UNICEF and the company have prioritized this work for
several key reasons including:
-- In 95 percent of the Semi-arid municipalities, the infant mortality
rate is higher than Brazil's national average.
-- The percentage of malnourished children younger than 2 in this region
is four times as high as in the South Region (8.3 percent vs.
-- Almost half (42 percent) of the boys and girls living in the Semi-arid
area have no access to piped water, a well or a water spring.
To determine the best use of the additional installments, K-C is sending
employees on a field trip this week to areas where UNICEF humanitarian efforts
are already underway. Following these visits, the company, together with
UNICEF officials, will identify the priorities and programs that will be
funded in 2008. Examples of projects that will be evaluated include training
and education for health care providers, early childhood development programs
for parents and caregivers, and improved access to health care services.
"Kimberly-Clark's commitment to the Brazil region and to our
long-standing partnership is evident in their participation and dedication to
understanding the needs of the children and their families in Brazil," said
Caryl M. Stern, president and CEO of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF. "It's this
type of participation and input that allows UNICEF to more deeply impact the
survival of children in communities around the developing world."
Every day this week, the public is invited to log into K-C's website to
follow along as our employees make their field trip visits to UNICEF program
sites throughout the country. By joining them on their journey, the public
will have the opportunity to meet firsthand the children and families K-C and
UNICEF are committed to serving through their partenrship. Photo and journal
entries by K-C employees can be accessed at
"Whether it's improving the health, hygiene and well-being of people
through our products and businesses or changing lives through our charitable
works, K-C has a long-standing commitment to supporting children and
strengthening families," said Carolyn Mentesana, vice president,
Kimberly-Clark Foundation. "All of us at Kimberly-Clark are delighted to
expand our work with UNICEF in addressing the most pressing needs of children
and families in Brazil."
K-C's partnership with UNICEF was established in 2001 to provide
assistance and care to orphaned and vulnerable children around the world. The
company has donated more than $6 million to provide 350,000 children in 24
countries with life-saving supplies and health care, education and skills
training. K-C's financial support also funds programs that prevent violence
and child exploitation, combat negative social stigmas and discrimination, and
encourage HIV testing.
Kimberly-Clark and its well-known global brands are an indispensable part
of life for people in more than 150 countries. Every day, 1.3 billion people
-- nearly a quarter of the world's population -- trust K-C brands and the
solutions they provide to enhance their health, hygiene and well-being. With
brands such as Kleenex, Scott, Huggies, Pull-Ups, Kotex and Depend,
Kimberly-Clark holds No. 1 or No. 2 share positions in more than 80 countries.
To keep up with the latest K-C news and to learn more about the company's
135-year history of innovation, visit http://www.kimberly-clark.com.
For more than 60 years, UNICEF has been the world's leading international
children's organization, working in over 150 countries to address the ongoing
issues that affect why kids are dying. UNICEF provides lifesaving nutrition,
clean water, education, protection and emergency response saving more young
lives than any other humanitarian organization in the world. While millions
of children die every year of preventable causes like dehydration, upper
respiratory infections and measles, UNICEF, with the support of partnering
organizations and donors alike, has the global experience, resources and reach
to give children the best hope of survival. For more information about
UNICEF, please visit http://www.unicefusa.org.
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