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UNICEF and bTV launch charity photo exhibition "Colour Haiti"

Charity Exhibition "Colour-Haiti"

Official opening: 22 November 2010, 19:00 hours. The exhibition will be open for visitors from 22 November to 2 December 2010.

Contemporary Art Gallery "1908" at 1 Angel Kanchev Str., Sofia

In February 2010, UNICEF Bulgaria launched an extraordinary fundraising campaign to support the victims of the earthquake in Haiti. On a single evening, during the charity concert Hope for Haiti, broadcasted on bTV, over half a million Bulgarians donated a little hope for Haitian children. The collected amount exceeds BGN 1 600 000.

The funds covered the purchase of life-saving drugs, food, provision of shelter, drinkable water, water-treatment tablets, protection of children who had lost their parents, vaccination.

In August 2010, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Ani Salich visited Haiti with cameraman Ivan Filchev in order to report and film the expensing of Bulgarian donations in aid of children and families. The documentary was intended to inform all supporters of the campaign and bTV showed it on 18 September. You can see the documentary here.

After the trip, we decided to share some of the most remarkable moments of life in Haiti, captured in Ivan Filchev's shots.

On 22 November, at 19:00 hours, the Charity Exhibition "Colour Haiti" will be officially opened at the 1908 Gallery of Modern Art, 1 Angel Kanchev Street.

The exhibition will be open for visitors from 22 November to 2 December 2010, and all funds raised will be for the benefit of UNICEF.

Ivan Filchev, author of the photographs, has been a cameraman for 15 years and produced the footage for a number of documentaries about the military conflicts in Iraq, Afghanistan, Macedonia; he also reported from the hot spots in Kosovo, Serbia, Georgia, Adjara, etc. Some of his key projects include the documentary series Bulgaria, The Traces of Terror, The Archives of Trafficking, produced by the bTV Documents. Currently, he works as a cameraman at the News and Reporting Journalism Programmes Department of bTV.

The situation in Haiti:
Nine months after the devastating earthquake in Haiti, meeting the needs of over 800 000 affected children and their families remains a serious challenge. In a country, which was economically poor anyway, the earthquake took the lives of 220,000 people, while another 300,000 were injured. About 2,000,000 persons migrated and 1,600,000 still have to reside in the crowded tent camps. Almost 60% of the Haiti infrastructure, which has never been well developed, was destroyed, and over 180,000 homes were deserted.

UNICEF is the Children's Fund of the United Nations Organisation and is a part of the big UN family. Since 1946 onwards, UNICEF has established itself as a leading organisation in working with children and is represented in over 150 countries around the world. UNICEF supports children's survival and welfare from early childhood to adolescence. UNICEF extends aid in the field of child healthcare and healthy nutrition, primary education for all girls and boys, protection of children against violence, exploitation and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely with voluntary donations from individuals, companies, foundations and governments.

For further information, please contact:

Tsvetelina Bonova, Communications and PR
UNICEF Bulgaria
Phone: 02-96-96-207, 0882-42-44-43



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