NEWLY appointed United Nations Children’s Fund (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 Super 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 has 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 Curtis.
The 30-year-old celebrity added, “As a donor and supporter of Unicef, I am glad to see how our funds have reached and worked for children most in need.”
Curtis, a top Viva Films artist and ABS-CBN talent, 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 centers and elementary schools, equipped with water, sanitation and hygiene facilities. In every site she visited, she took her time to talk with children and families.
As a Unicef Celebrity Advocate for Children, the half Filipino-half Australian actress will focus on promoting Early Childhood Care and 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 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 Curtis joins Unicef National Ambassador Gary Valenciano and Unicef Special Advocate for Children Daphne Paez in upholding the association’s mandate to protect and promote the rights of children worldwide.