Red Nose Day’s mission to end child poverty is even more important now as the world grapples with how to best recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. With record job losses and uncertainty across the globe, many more children and their families found themselves in poverty. UnidosUS is the only Latino organization in the United States funded by Red Nose Day, and proudly supports their mission, especially as Latino families have been disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
This year’s fundraiser helped support the UnidosUS Healthy and Ready for the Future program. UnidosUS’s Healthy and Ready for the Future program helps connect Latino children in rural areas, especially those in migrant and seasonal farmworker families with oral and behavioral health services.
Since 2016, more than 60,000 Latino children have gained access to essential health care services and more than 2.5 million Latinos have received important information on the role of preventative oral health. These children live below the federal poverty line at twice the national rate (30% versus 15%) and present more tooth decay than the overall U.S. school children population.
This past year, our Affiliates implementing the program have stepped up for families in countless ways, including supporting the social and emotional needs of children that have been exacerbated by the pandemic. This year, UnidosUS is strengthening the program by adding an educational and skill-building piece for parents and caregivers around increasing the knowledge, skills, and access to social and emotional wellbeing and support services to better support the healthy development of their children.
Because of your support, children like Sebastian and other children in our program have access to the resources that they need to succeed.
But poverty can’t wait. That’s why Red Nose Day now fundraises year-round. You can donate here.