Tribune Broadcasting Partners With UNICEF USA To Raise Funds For Kenyan Refugee Camp

Tribune Broadcasting Partners With UNICEF USA To Raise Funds For Kenyan Refugee Camp

KTLA5 Los Angeles Traveled to Kakuma, Kenya

Created “Kakuma: Children of the Camp”

30-Minute Special to Air Across Tribune Broadcasting Television Stations in May

Los Angeles, May 16, 2018 – Tribune Broadcasting today announced it has partnered with human rights organization UNICEF to raise funds for Kakuma, a Kenyan refugee camp. Earlier this year, KTLA Los Angeles traveled to Kakuma in Turkana County, an isolated region of Kenya, to see UNICEF’s work for children and families firsthand. As a result, the station created a multi-part series and 30-minute special “Kakuma: Children of the Camp” and began fundraising for UNICEF to assist with the relief effort in Kenya. To date, KTLA has raised over $115,000 in viewer donations for the refugees living in Kakuma.

At the urging of KTLA5 Morning News anchor Megan Henderson, who became aware of the plight of the refuges through her work with UNICEF, the station partnered with UNICEF USA to visit the region. Henderson, along with Jason Ball, KTLA’s VP of News, Kimberly Cornell, KTLA’s Executive Producer of Special Projects and Brian Choo, KTLA photographer, traveled to Kakuma in March with UNICEF. After the week-long trip, KTLA decided to take additional action and created a series that aired in its newscasts, as well as a 30-minute special, “Kakuma: Children of the Camp.”

“Kakuma: Children of the Camp” takes viewers inside one of the world’s largest refugee camps, built in 1992 as a refuge for those fleeing war-torn countries and civil strife. Now, twenty-six years later, almost 200,000 people call the 12-square mile camp home. Sixty percent of the residents are children, with most coming from South Sudan, Somalia and other conflict-affected countries in the area.

“The people of Kakuma who had to flee their homelands still face challenges.  They have limited access to running water, scarce food and rampant malnutrition. It is our hope, though our partnership with UNICEF, we can think globally and act locally to raise awareness and help bring relief to the region,” said Jason Ball, VP of News, KTLA.

“Kakuma: Children of the Camp” will now air across Tribune Broadcasting television stations over Memorial Day weekend with an online fundraising component www.unicefusa.org/Kenya and a text to donate campaign: text KENYA to 864233 to donate $10 to UNICEF USA.

Donations raised for UNICEF USA will support relief efforts in Kenya to provide water, health care, education, nutrition and more to children and their families.

With over 70 years of expertise, UNICEF is the driving force that builds a world where the rights of every child are realized, with the global authority to influence decision makers and the sophistication and partners to turn innovative ideas into reality. UNICEF works in 190 countries and territories around the world to put children first. In Kenya, UNICEF is promoting the rights and wellbeing of children, with a special focus on reaching the most vulnerable.

“We’re so thankful to KTLA – and Tribune Broadcasting – for bringing UNICEF’s global mission to homes in Los Angeles and now, homes across the country this Memorial Day Weekend,” said Caryl Stern, President and CEO, UNICEF USA. “It is so important for all Americans to know the issues facing children around the world, and how they can help support this work. Together, we can put children first and ensure that kids in Kenya and around the world have the support they need to grow up safe, happy and healthy.”

“Kakuma: Children of the Camp” will air in the following Tribune Broadcasting markets:

Market Station Time Period
New York WPIX Sun 5/27, 1p
Los Angeles KTLA Sat 5/26, 3:30p
Chicago WGN Sun 5/27, 6p
Philadelphia WPHL Sun 5/27, 4p
Dallas KDAF Sun 5/27, 1:30p
Washington, DC WDCW Sun 5/27, 4p
Houston KIAH Sun 5/27, 8a
Seattle KCPQ Sat 5/26, 9:30p
Seattle KZJO Sat 5/26, 4:30p
Miami WSFL Sat 5/26, 6p
St. Louis KTVI Sat 5/26, 12p
Portland KRCW Sat 5/26, 2p
Indianapolis WTTV Sun 5/27, 1:30p
Hartford WTIC Sun 5/27, 12n
Kansas City WDAF Sat 5/26, 11:30a

Sun 5/27, 12:30p

Milwaukee WITI Sun 5/27, 3p
Oklahoma City KAUT Sun 5/27, 4p
Norfolk WGNT Sat 5/26, 12p
Greensboro WGHP Sun 5/27, 12p
New Orleans WGNO Sat 5/26, 5p
Richmond WTVR Sat 5/26, 7p
Wilkes Barre WNEP Sat 5/26, 7p
Huntsville WHNT 19.2 Sat 5/26, 1p
Ft. Smith KFSM Sat 5/26, 10:35p
Ft. Smith KXNW Sun 5/27, 1p
Davenport WQAD Sat 5/26, 1p

All times listed in local time zone

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About UNICEF
The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) works in more than 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, safe water and sanitation, nutrition, education, emergency relief and more. UNICEF USA supports UNICEF’s work through fundraising, advocacy and education in the United States. Together, we are working toward the day when no children die from preventable causes and every child has a safe and healthy childhood. For more information, visit www.unicefusa.org.

Media Contacts: 

For Tribune Broadcasting:
Jessica Bellucci
VP/Communications
212/210-2626
jbellucci@tribunemedia.com

For UNICEF USA:
Lauren Davitt
Deputy Director, Public Relations
212/922-2503
ldavitt@unicefusa.org