Katy will be joining The Rolling Stones on stage tonight in Las Vegas! What song do you think they should do together?
Saturday 11th of May 2013 05:56:01 PM
UNICEF reports on Katy's recent trip to Madagascar to visit sites of UNICEF programmes: http://youtu.be/wXtxRziNY1Y
Katy Perry in Madagascar
UNICEF reports on singer and songwriter Katy Perry's recent trip to Madagascar to visit sites of UNICEF programmes. Produced by Eva Gilliam. For more informa...
Tuesday 9th of April 2013 03:43:49 PM
Katy Perry teams up with UNICEF and visits children in Madagascar
ANTANANARIVO, 7 April 2013 – Internationally acclaimed American singer and songwriter Katy Perry has visited Madagascar to bring attention to the situation of children in the tropical island country, one of the poorest in the world and still recovering from a political crisis that began in 2009.
“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,” Perry said.
“I am grateful to UNICEF for giving me the opportunity to see first-hand how their programmes make a real difference in children's lives. Support for UNICEF is saving children, I am a witness to it.”
On her first visit in support of UNICEF, Perry saw a full range of programmes, from education, nutrition, health and child protection to water, sanitation and hygiene.
Beginning her trip in a slum area of the capital Antananarivo, she visited a child protection centre and met abused and abandoned children and young mothers receiving support and counseling. More than three out of four children in Madagascar live in extreme poverty, making them vulnerable to exploitation.
Most international donors have frozen development aid following the 2009 crisis, forcing the government to make drastic cuts in public spending and resulting in large parts of the population not having access to basic health care and primary education. Perry visited a UNICEF supported pre-school and a primary school built to enable children to go back to school.
At the Sahavola pre-school, 117 boys and girls between the ages of 3 and 6 receive a quality early education and learn the importance of thinking creatively and working collaboratively. They are also encouraged to participate in health and hygiene practices at an early age. To promote proper hygiene and sanitation, UNICEF constructed latrines and sinks at the pre-school, where Perry took in hand washing with the children.
The old village primary school, made from sticks and with a thatched roof, was destroyed by one of the tropical cyclones that hit the island every year. It was replaced by UNICEF with a solid, cyclone-resistant building.
Schooling rates in Madagascar are alarmingly low. Only three children out of every 10 who start primary school complete the cycle. Ttwo-thirds of teachers have not received any formal training.
UNICEF and national school authorities are working to improve the situation through school construction and providing learning materials, training for teachers and supporting community action plans for education.
"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," said Perry in the UNICEF- supported primary school in the village of Ampihaonana.
In the nutrition centre in Androranga village, Perry learned about UNICEF’s efforts to tackle another serious problem of the country – chronic malnutrition. Half the children in Madagascar are chronically malnourished, putting the country among the six worst in the world for chronic malnutrition.
Poor maternal nutrition, poor feeding practices and poor food quality contribute to the failure of these children to reach their full potential mentally and physically. The centre, run by a community health worker, identifies cases and works with village mothers to improve children’s nutrition, including focusing on the importance of exclusive breastfeeding during the first six months of a child’s life.
UNICEF - Madagascar
Sunday 7th of April 2013 11:56:02 AM
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Saturday 16th of February 2013 09:10:02 AM
katy had so much fun celebrating ellen’s birthday and the launch of her kettle corn popchips on the ellen show! watch! http://popchi.ps/14eGGRB
Surprise! It's Katy Perry!
One of Ellen's favorite people was here to surprise her for her birthday, and was in rare form! Check out her exciting turn as a game show host, and see who ...
Friday 25th of January 2013 06:33:21 PM
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Monday 7th of January 2013 05:37:28 PM
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Thursday 3rd of January 2013 02:30:06 PM
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Saturday 29th of December 2012 05:29:43 PM
You have to wait until next summer to see Katy back as Smurfette, but THE SMURFS 2 teaser trailer is online now! Check it out here: http://bit.ly/Smurfs2
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The Smurfs show their love is true blue when Smurfette is kidnapped to Paris. In Theaters 2013.
Monday 17th of December 2012 08:25:52 PM
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Big And Best of 2012: Last Fans Standing
We're crowning the Last Fans Standing, the best fans of 2012! Phase 1: Share the photo of the artist you totally stan for from this album and watch The Big and Best of 2012 12/12/12 at 12 pm EST to see which fan armies with the most shares make it to the top 7. We've got more challenges and more surprises coming up so start sharing!
Monday 10th of December 2012 05:04:55 PM
Best news to hear after getting off a 15 hour flight: Grammy nomination for Wide Awake! Second best news: hot shower ☺
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