Suzanne Itani has served as the chief executive officer of International Exports, Inc., in Houston, Texas, since 2010. Apart from her career, Suzanne Itani provides support to numerous charities and relief organizations, including UNICEF.
During a recent conference in Brussels, Belgium, concerning the current state of affairs in Afghanistan, several countries stepped up to offer more than $15 billion in relief aid to the country over the next four years. UNICEF has encouraged those disbursing the funds to dedicate part of them for use in the desperately needed area of education in Afghanistan.
Ten years of military action in the country have led to approximately 2.7 million people exiting the country, according to data collected through the end of last year. More than half of those refugees were children, with a reported 45,000 traveling without an adult in 2015 to seek asylum in the European Union.
In addition to spearheading education initiatives, UNICEF will partner with the government in Afghanistan to help promote programs aimed at providing the fundamental things children in the country need, such as healthcare, food, water, and other necessities. The organization hopes these education and relief efforts will provide a more stable environment for Afghan children, so that they won’t continue to leave the country in large numbers.