Jessie Ware

High Profile Supporter

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Musician Jessie Ware has been supporting Unicef since 2014 and is a dedicated advocate for our work, with a particular focus on the global refugee and migrant crisis.

Most recently Jessie visited FYR Macedonia to meet refugee children and families who have fled from their homes and are currently receiving support from Unicef. During her visit, Jessie met one particular woman who had made the journey to Europe whilst pregnant. She had made her incredible 4,500km journey (from Afghanistan to Iran, then Turkey, on to Greece and finally in to Macedonia) in search of safety and a better future for her children.

As well as providing life-saving interventions at these centres Unicef is also funding children and family spaces where children can learn and play.


Jessie and Muhammed at a Unicef funded child friendly space where Muhammed has been learning to play Taboukah - a traditional Arabic drum.
Unicef/2016/Chien-Chi Chang

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Unicef UK high profile supporter Jessie Ware and children at Gevgelija Transit Centre in fYR (former Yugoslav Republic) Macedonia.
This visit brought home to me that these people are just like you and me. Children are children no matter where they are from and should be afforded the same rights: the right to protection and to a family life

Jessie Ware, High Profile Supporter

In 2015, Jessie travelled to Cameroon to see the vital work Unicef is doing to support refugee children and their families. She visited Gado refugee camp where she met children who had fled from violence in the neighbouring Central African Republic. Violent conflict in the Central African Republic has made it one of the most dangerous places in the world to be a child with Cameroon currently hosting more than 255,000 refugees.

Later the same year Jessie performed at the annual Unicef Halloween Ball helping to raise more than £1.6 million for the children of Syria.

Jessie continues to support Unicef, particularly through her social media channels.

Jessie visits a child friendly learning and protection space in Gado refugee camp. Most of the children here have never received an education and Unicef provides accelerated learning and psychosocial support.