Television host and actress Anne Curtis is the newest celebrity advocate of UNICEF for children. Anne, a supporter of UNICEF since 2009, had been in Leyte for two days to visit and interact with the victims of Typhoon Yolanda. According to 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.”
“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 have 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,” Anne said.
“I played with children in a child-friendly space and a day care center. I read books to them and helped them draw in an arts and crafts session. I washed hands with school children and participated in their song and dance number. It was heartwarming to listen to mothers, children and young people. It is important that people know these stories, understand how communities are recovering and what we can do to help,” she added.