Carolina Alvarez Pusterla works in the development department at the U.S. Fund for UNICEF. She accompanied donors to see UNICEF programs in Sierra Leone, and has been blogging from the field. This is her second post from the field. Read her first post.
The recent field visit to Sierra Leone not only provided incredible insight into UNICEF’s lifesaving work in the field, but also gave us the opportunity to meet the resilient children of Sierra Leone.
Although we were aware of the pressing issues affecting Sierra Leone, it was the personal accounts and stories that brought light to the impact of UNICEF’s work and were the most meaningful. One of the most touching moments of the entire trip was our visit to HAPPY, a center that provides care and support to children and adolescents affected and infected by HIV/AIDS. Their strength moved us, and after hearing their song “Warrior” about their resilience and spirit, it became clear to me that this journey was going to be truly unforgettable.
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About this time last year, I assumed the role of spokesperson for Pampers’ One Pack=One Vaccine campaign. What began as a valuable project for a few months in the U.S. and Canada soon grew into a passionate global journey, taking me from L.A., Chicago and New York to Hamburg, Geneva and London. Most importantly, I was able to spend time with UNICEF meeting mothers and children in Sierra Leone, where one in four children will die before they reach the age of five.
U.S. Fund for UNICEF President and CEO Caryl Stern recently visited Sierra Leone with Pampers “One Pack = One Vaccine” campaign spokesperson Salma Hayek and Pampers representatives, to witness the effect of tetanus on mothers and newborns, and the positive impact of the Pampers/UNICEF program. She sent this post from the field.
Around this time last year, we at the U.S. Fund were all thrilled to hear some remarkable news.
UNICEF had announced that the number of children dying each year before age five had fallen to 9.7 million
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