A Filipina girl has made retired football superstar David Beckham cry.
Last month, the popular athlete gave a United Nation speech where he discussed poverty and shared the story of a poor Filipina girl who was one of the victims of Typhoon Haiyan. He met her family in the Philippines back when he visited the storm-devastated country as a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)
Beckham was obviously moved by the experience as he recounted it before the audience. You can watch part of his speech here:
At the time of the tragedy, Viana was 4 years old – exactly the same age as Beckham’s daughter Harper.
“That story will never leave me,” Beckham said in conclusion.
During his speech, Beckham encouraged world leaders to focus greater efforts on taking care of the children, especially those that are most vulnerable. He also established 7: The David Beckham UNICEF Fund in his dream to create a world “where children can grow up safe from war, violence, poverty, and preventable disease.”
All About UNICEF
UNICEF is a United Nations Program based in the city of New York. The organization aims to provide humanitarian and developmental assistance to both children and mothers in poverty-stricken countries.
UNICEF was founded on December 11, 1946 by the United Nations General Assembly. Back then, its main purpose was to reach out to children who have been affected by World War II. UNICEF assisted in providing food and proper healthcare for the youngsters.
In 1965, UNICEF was recognized by the Nobel Peace Prize. In 2006, the group received the Prince of Asturias Award of Concord.
Nowadays, UNICEF has expanded its reach to many areas and there are now over 200 countries that benefit from the group’s assistance. The organization relies on contributions as they carry out their mission and do their best to help out across the world.