Wednesday, March 27, 2013

UNICEF Germany Ambassador Eva Padberg visits Cambodia


UNICEF Germany Ambassador and students use the new handwashing facilities.
© UNICEF Cambodia/2013/Bona Khoy
In March, fashion model, singer, actress and UNICEF Germany Ambassador, Eva Padberg, visited Cambodia to see UNICEF-supported activities in health, water, sanitation and hygiene. Ms. Padberg is supporting a campaign by UNICEF Germany to raise funds to provide safe water to children in Cambodia and five other countries.

At an urban settlement in Phnom Penh, Ms. Padberg observed community health volunteers working with pregnant women and mothers with infants and young children, to provide maternal and child health education. She also visited Ponhea Pun primary school where new sanitation facilities have been installed thanks to support from the German Committee for UNICEF. In Kampong Cham province the Ambassador learned how testing and education are preventing illness in an area affected by arsenic-contaminated water, and in Kandal province she met children and families benefiting from a new piped water facility.

Commenting in her blog at the end of her visit the UNICEF Ambassador said, “All children in this wonderful country of patient, friendly and modest people deserve to live their lives without disease. Clean drinking water, hygiene awareness and good sanitation are all key to this life.”

Accompanying Ms Padberg and documenting the trip were journalists from the German magazine ‘Gala’ and the public service German television station, ZDF.

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