I wanted to share this newsletter from UNICEF. It tells about the wonderful activities of various UNICEF Ambassadors from around the world. You can read about Mia Farrow, Danny Glover, David Beckham and other celebrities and how they affect change for the benefit of children. I’m so pleased to share with you that our efforts here in the Philippines made it to the newsletter.
If you remember, I helped organize Auction For Action – an online fundraiser for the benefit of UNICEF Philippines. We were able to raise over P1.4 million pesos thanks to all the generous donations of Filipino artists and designers. My story is on Page 3 of this news letter. If you click on the photos, and click again, you’ll be able to read the articles bigger. Also in this newsletter are Sarah Jessica Parker, Maggie Cheung and Princess Beatrice, who’s hat she auction and raised $133,000. Needless to say, my parents and husband are PROUD. I am thrilled.
It is always good to know the efforts of UNICEF on a global scale. As ambassadors, we are there to bring issues in the forefront. But UNICEF has very capable and committed people and partners on the ground who work in programs on a more intense basis. Locally, in the past, I have focused my UNICEF work on promoting exclusive breastfeeding for infants from birth to six months, and continued complementary breastfeeding up to 2 years. This means that when a baby is born, all he needs is mom’s breastmilk – no water, no cereal, no supplements – just exclusive breastmilk. When the baby turns six months, only then can he try solid foods and still continue to breastfeed. This year I will be expanding my work to include nutrition, immunization of the young, and primary education – mostly in conflict areas in Mindanao. I hope to share those stories with you through this blog.
Though UNICEF is under the United Nations’ huge umbrella, the organization does not receive funds for its programs. UNICEF relies solely on contributions and donations in the countries they work in. This is why I thought of fundraising through art and design. If you would like to find out how you can help Filipino children thru UNICEF, you can do so by clicking here.
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