Katy Perry Teams Up With UNICEF, Visits Villages in Madagascar
Katy Perry is proving to her fans and the general public alike that she's not just a pretty face, she's got a good heart to boot. The 'Wide Awake' songstress made a trip to Madagascar with UNICEF as a means to bring global attention to the African nation's struggle with poverty and political crisis.
Perry said of her trip, "“In less than one week here in Madagascar, I went from crowded city slums to the most remote villages and my eyes were widely opened by the incredible need for a healthy life -- nutrition, sanitation and protection against rape and abuse -- which UNICEF are stepping in to help provide."
Katy visited with abused and abandoned children of young mothers in the capital city of Antananarivo and a pre-school to promote healthy hygiene habits to kids between the ages of three and six. Perry also visited a primary school in the village of Ampihaonana saying, "An education is an incredible opportunity here. I visited a very remote community, where children and teachers walk for 45 minutes just to get to school. This is a testament to how appreciative they are about their education."
Unlike many pop stars in Katy's position, she is not afraid to voice her opinion on issues she is passionate about, no matter if they are domestic or international causes. She has also been a big supporter of UNICEF, attending their annual Snowflake Ball in November.
Summing up her trip to Madagascar, "I am grateful to UNICEF for giving me the opportunity to see first-hand how their programs make a real difference in children's lives. Support for UNICEF is saving children, I am a witness to it." Katy Perry, you are one class act!
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