Thursday, March 5, 2015

Anne Curtis visits UNICEF supported Yolanda recovery efforts

UNICEF Celebrity Advocate for Children Anne Curtis and UNICEF Country Representative Lotta Sylwander wash hands with a child in Cabarasan Guti, Palo, Leyte. UNICEF provided water and hygiene kits in the early days after Typhoon Yolanda and has continued to respond with access to safe water, sanitation facilities, hygiene promotion and rehabilitation of permanent water systems. ©UNICEF Philippines/2015/JReyna

PRESS RELEASE:
Anne Curtis visits UNICEF supported Yolanda recovery efforts and meets with children and families


TACLOBAN CITY, 5 March 2015 – Newly appointed UNICEF Celebrity Advocate for Children Anne Curtis spent two moving days visiting parts of Leyte. She saw the recovery operations just over a year after Typhoon Yolanda and took time to engage and interact with children and their families.

“I am honored to join UNICEF on this very fulfilling and meaningful trip. I am deeply touched by how children and families have coped and are building back their lives. Clearly, significant progress have been achieved. Talking to children and their families, and being able to bring smiles to their faces is something I will remember for the rest of my life,” said Anne Curtis.

She adds, “As a donor and supporter of UNICEF, I am glad to see how our funds have reached and worked for children most in need.” In the past two days, Anne saw UNICEF supported emergency response while visiting a maternal health care ward in the regional hospital, an immunization site, a child friendly space at a temporary housing site, educational facilities such as day care centres and elementary schools, equipped with water, sanitation and hygiene facilities. In every site she visited, Anne took her time to talk with children and families.

“I played with children in a child-friendly space and a day care centre. I read books to them and helped them draw in an arts & crafts session. I washed hands with school children and participated in their song and dance number,” shared Anne, “It was heartwarming to listen to mothers, children and young people. It is important that people know these stories, understand how communities are recovering and what we can do to help.”

As a UNICEF Celebrity Advocate for Children, Anne will focus on promoting Early Childhood Care & Development. She will also help in mobilizing support and resources for the most vulnerable children and families, those living in abject poverty, are affected by violence, abuse, exploitation, and particularly in emergency and conflict situations

“Anne has been a steady supporter of UNICEF since 2009. UNICEF Philippines welcomes her as a Celebrity Advocate,” said UNICEF Philippines Representative Ms. Lotta Sylwander. “We trust that with her popularity and large following, Anne will play a significant role in drawing due attention to issues affecting the most vulnerable, marginalized and underserved children.” 


In the Philippines, Anne joins UNICEF National Ambassador Gary Valenciano and UNICEF Special Advocate for Children Daphne Paez in upholding UNICEF’s mandate to protect and promote the rights of children worldwide.



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About UNICEF

UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere.


Please visit UNICEF Philippines website, Facebook and Twitter.
 
For further information, please contact: 

Zafrin Chowdhury
Chief of Communication UNICEF Philippines in Manila
Tel: +632 901 01 77, Mobile: +63 917 867 8366, zchowdhury@unicef.org

Marianna Zaichykova
Emergency Communication Specialist
UNICEF Philippines in Tacloban, Mobile: +63 917 5059130, mzaichykova@unicef.org
 

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