The money, which Thunberg was awarded when receiving the Human Act Award, will be given to the United Nations Children's Fund UNICEF. Another $100,000 has also been pledged from Danish organization Human Act.
'Damaging for children'
Announcing the news on Instagram, Thunberg said: "Today we are launching a joint global funding campaign – Let's Move Humanity for Children in the Fight Against Coronavirus – to support UNICEF's efforts to protect and save children’s lives during the corona crisis.
"The poorest and the most vulnerable people are always the hardest hit by a crisis. Just like the climate crisis, the consequences of the corona pandemic will be most damaging for children in poor countries, in the poorest neighborhoods, and for those already in disadvantaged and vulnerable situations."
UNICEF says it is working with partners to reach millions of children who are out of school with educational resources, social protection and ongoing essential healthcare in the more than 190 countries
According to CNN, the money will be used to provide essential items including hygiene kits, face masks, gloves, and soap. It will also provide 'protective equipment and life-saving information to healthcare'.
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