UNICEF Goodwill Ambassadors and celebrities in support of Mozambican children
Maputo, 20 September 2006- Throughout 2006, several UNICEF Goodwill Ambassadors and celebrities visited UNICEF-supported programmes in Mozambique. They are artists and prominent personalities committed to using their fame, role and influence to advocate for children and support the mission of UNICEF.
Italian actor Alessio Boni, who was nominated UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador at the beginning of 2006 by UNICEF Italy, visited Mozambique and Malawi in January as part of the “Unite for Children Unite against AIDS” campaign.
International top model Tasha de Vasconcelos, who was born in Mozambique and has a special interest in the well-being of children, visited Beira and Maputo in March. She also used her fame and influence to advocate for children as part of the global “Unite for Children Unite against AIDS” campaign.
In April, the First Lady of Germany Mrs Eva Luise Koehler visited several HIV and AIDS projects in company of the First Lady of Mozambique, Mrs Maria da Luz Dai Guebuza.
British actor Paul Bettany and American actress Jennifer Connelly took advantage of their stay in Mozambique in April to visit a primary school in Maputo to get first hand impression on the situation of children. Bettany also filmed a video spot with children in Zambézia on water and sanitation to raise awareness about the importance of safe water for communities.
Norwegian singer Sissel Kyrkjeboe, who was nominated UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador in November 2005, visited Chimoio and Maputo in April. The singer was accompanied by journalists from the Norwegian HENNE magazine who wrote about the impact of HIV/AIDS on children.
Dutch actress Monique Van de Ven, a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador since 1996, visited Mozambique in July. She filmed video spots for the “Unite for Children Unite against AIDS” campaign, which will be launched in the Netherlands in December.
Laetitia Halliday, a special representative of UNICEF France’s operation Frimousses, visited Gaza and Maputo in July.
During their visit, these Goodwill Ambassadors and celebrities saw first hand the work of UNICEF and partners in nutrition and health, water and sanitation, basic education and protection of orphaned and vulnerable children. They saw the progress and challenges in the four areas of the campaign “Unite for Children Unite against AIDS”, which aims to place children at the centre of HIV and AIDS interventions.
Click on the photo essay link in the blue box on the right to see them during their visits.