UNICEF’s longest serving Goodwill Ambassador Tetsuko Kuroyanagi re-visits South Sudan after 2 decades
Madam Tetsuko Kuroyanagi is one of Japan’s best-known actresses and most popular television personalities who joined UNICEF as Goodwill Ambassador in 1984. Tetsuko is back to South Sudan after 20 years.
"I am so excited to be back in this region, and this time I am back in the world's newest country,” said an elated Madam Tetsuko Kuroyanagi.
Tetsuko last came to South Sudan in 1993 where she visited various UNICEF supported projects focusing on health, education, water and sanitation in Juba and Upper Nile state.
After her visit, Tetsuko helped to fundraise and advocate for the women and children of South Sudan and through her generous support, the Totto Chan Centre was built to help children traumatized by war.
Since 2011, almost 600 children affected by armed conflict, demobilized from armed forces, separated and unaccompanied, returnees, abducted, and other vulnerable children have benefitted from services offered at the centre which include; psycho-social support, interim accommodation and care, family tracing and reunification and welfare support.
“We are very happy to receive our Goodwill Ambassador Tetsuko Kuroyanagi from one of our largest donor countries whose generous contribution helped to build the Totto Chan Centre and other much needed programmes,” said UNICEF’s Officer-in-Charge Pelucy Ntambirweki.
Tetsuko will be on a week-long visit in South Sudan where she will interact with women and children benefitting from UNICEF supported project sites in Juba and Western Equatoria State.
“I'm looking forward to meeting children to see how much they are enjoying their childhood,” said Tetsuko.
In the past 11 years, Japan has made a total contribution of more than US$67 million to UNICEF South Sudan. In 2013 alone, Japan pledged US$13 million for a range of projects that include nutrition, health, education, protection, water, sanitation and hygiene.
“My heart goes out to the women and children of South Sudan who endure harsh realities. Their daily lives really need to improve after more than two decades of war. I’m glad that our country has been supporting the newest nation even before its independence,” concluded Tetsuko.
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