Transforming Lives through Education
Partnership

Find out more about the history of the partnership, how it has grown and how Starwood guests have contributed over US$30million to UNICEF's life saving work.

Our Projects

Since 1995, Starwood Hotels & Resorts have funded many UNICEF projects that support a range of children's rights to ensure children have the best start in life and continue to reach their potential.

Posted in April 2014 | Road To Awareness
In 2014 Starwood are aiming to raise over USD$700,000 to help UNICEF reach 2.1 million people living in poverty in urban and rural areas of Somalia with sustainable access to safe water and sanitation by 2015. Defined as one of the least developed countries, Somalia ranks amongst the ten poorest countries in the world. It is estimated that 43...
Posted in December 2013 | Check Out For Children
Early Childhood Development In November, Frits Van Paaschen, Starwood President and CEO, Michael Wale, Starwood President EAME, and Hassan Ahdab, Vice President, Regional Director AFIO, spent an afternoon visiting Rwanda's first Early Childhood Development and Family Centre (ECD&F). Located in Nyagatovu Village in the Kayonza...
Posted in December 2013 | Road To Awareness
There have been hundreds of fantastic events happening across Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. The dedication and enthusiasm of Starwood associates has been incredible! The money raised from Road to Awareness events in 2013 is helping to provide life changing education for vulnerable and excluded children in Cameroon and Nigeria. It...
Posted in August 2013 | Road To Awareness
In a small compound in the rural areas of Southern Nations Nationalities and Peoples Region (SNNPR) we find Inidata Rurato´s little school-setup. We are in Dale woreda.  His little learning space is under a tree in the compound of his neighbour’s house. The tree gives shade from the hot sun, and he has placed a blackboard on top...
Posted in August 2013 | Check Out For Children
In 2011 Check Out for Children helped change the lives of tens of thousands of children, providing them with hope for a better future in countries across the EAME division where Starwood work. The programme helped fund projects supporting child protection, education, emergency water and sanitation, HIV prevention, and health care in the...
Posted in August 2013 | Check Out For Children
Thanks to the enthusiasm of Starwood employees and the generosity of guests, Check Out for Children raised over US$2million for vulnerable children in 2012. This is an incredible achievement that is helping millions of children receive a life changing and quality education without barriers. Watch our THANK YOU video here. Read on to find out...
Posted in July 2013 | Road To Awareness
In late May this year, Dominique Viard (General Manager Le Meridian Hotel, Douala) undertook a special journey to the East Region of Cameroon to visit the education project Starwood is supporting through Road to Awareness in 2013. It was a 4 hour road trip to reach the small village of Koum to see the school where the Baka community lives. The...
Posted in March 2013 | Road To Awareness
In 2013 we are aiming to raise over $500,000* to help 8,000 very poor and excluded children in Cameroon and Nigeria get a chance of enrolling in school and the right to an education. The projects funded will be supporting the minority Baka population in Cameroon and the Nomadic population in Nigeria. Both these groups suffer the effects of...
Posted in March 2013 | Road To Awareness
The Road to Awareness (R2A) associate fundraising campaign has been making a positive difference to children in the communities Starwood operates in since 2008. Since the beginning of the campaign, associates and supporters have donated over USD$2.5 million to UNICEF projects in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Through this amazing funding...
Posted in February 2013 | Check Out For Children
In November 2012 Starwood visited Angola to see first hand the difference guest donations make to the lives of children. "Going to Angola to see the impact Starwood can make through UNICEF and 'Schools for Africa' was a touching experience. It reinforced the value of our partnership with UNICEF and the impact a quality education...