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UNICEF Ambassador to raise funds for children’s rights

UNICEF Ambassador to raise funds for children’s rights

A fundraising gala dinner will be held as part of UNICEF Namibia’s ongoing activities to celebrate UNICEF’s 70th as well as the Sunshine Centre’s 21st anniversaries this week in Walvis Bay.

This will also be commemorated by the release of the song ‘Kulila’ by South African musician, Yvonne Chaka Chaka and the Sunshine Centre Children’s Choir.

Chaka Chaka, who is the UNICEF’s Regional Goodwill Ambassador for Eastern and Southern Africa fulfilled her pledge, made in June 2016 to use her voice and influence to leverage support for children and to advocate for the rights of children during the Advocacy Dinner on Private Sector Partnership for Children’s Rights.

The songstress is also the UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador on Malaria and African Union Goodwill Ambassador on prevention and response to violence against children and women.

During her visit to the country she will also participate at strategic events to engage with partners, including private sector stakeholders to rally behind children’s rights.

As part of her contribution to the centre and she is advocating for the inclusion of children living with disabilities. The fundraising event is aimed to raise fund for the centre and demonstrate the many talents that children living with disabilities have.

In the country, UNICEF has contributed to maintain and strengthen partnerships, relationships and alliances to accelerate the realisation of children’s rights and it is through these partnerships that Namibian continues to witness breakthrough and resounding achievements in increasing immunizations coverage, combating HIV and AIDS, reducing infant mortality, ensuring universal free primary education, better access to clean water, giving every child a fair chance in life, while ensuring that all children are protected from all forms of violence and exploitation.

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