Monday, July 30, 2012

End Violence Against Children

UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Liam Neeson raises his voice in support of a new initiative to prevent violence against children.

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Jackie Chan meets vulnerable children

Jackie Chan arrived in Yangon, Myanmar early yesterday morning.  From the airport he went to a UNICEF-supported community center which helps children who are living in difficult circumstances. Some of them have HIV, some are forced to live or work on the streets and some are experiencing difficulties at home.

Jackie Chan visits a UNICEF-supported centre for children
who are living on the street, working or are affected by HIV.
© UNICEF Myanmar/2012/Hlaing Moe
As soon as he entered the children put the red HIV ribbon on his blue UNICEF T-shirts and started with a dance performance which even had some mini-stunts in it. As Jackie joined in the clapping of hands there was a big cheer among the crowd of kids who were sitting and watching.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Jackie Chan visits trafficked children

World-famous martial arts icon and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Jackie Chan kicked off his second day in Mandalay, central Myanmar, with a visit to a center for trafficking survivors.

Jackie says: “Children are not for sale!”
© UNICEF Myanmar/2012/Myo Thame
There, he met with girls who managed to escape from the traps of traffickers and have been able to return to their country. The staff of the center help the girls with their repatriation process, provide counseling and support and also train the girls in vocational skills such as embroidery.

Friday, July 6, 2012

Jackie Chan arrives in Mandalay

Superstar and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador touched down in Mandalay today and was greeted with an overwhelming response.

UNICEF Myanmar's Ramesh Shrestha greets Jackie Chan at Mandalay airport
© UNICEF Myanmar/2012/Khin Zaw
After meeting with the UNICEF team and asking many questions about the situation of children in Myanmar, Jackie and team head off with hundreds of people cheering him all along the street. People were thrilled when Jackie smiled and waved back.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Jackie Chan’s first strike in Myanmar

Imagine a world famous martial arts star armed to fight people who try to sell children.

Jackie Chan leads students in a martial arts exercise in Timor Leste
© UNICEF/NYHQ2008-0653/Estey
International superstar and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Jackie Chan touched down in Myanmar today and will meet young people who are overcoming huge obstacles.

In a vocational center he will see how young trafficking survivors are learning new skills and building a life for themselves after being sold, exploited and forced to leave their homes.