Sanjeev became involved with UNICEF after seeing our work in Malawi as part of Soccer Aid for UNICEF in 2019
Sanjeev visited a Children’s Corner, a UNICEF assisted centre which supports vulnerable children and provides them with learning and play materials. Whilst at the Children’s Corner, Sanjeev spoke to three young boys and heard their stories and experiences of the programme
The Children’s Corner also works to build the capacity of caregivers under a mentorship programme. Sanjeev heard from both a child protection officer and a social worker who helped at the centre to learn more about how UNICEF was supporting the programme.
Whilst in Malawi, Sanjeev met with a UNICEF trained health clinic practitioner and saw him treat children suffering with fevers. Sanjeev also spoke to Maritina, single mother of six, who was having to provide for all her children on her own. Her children were able to attend weekly a local UNICEF supported Children’s Corner centre where they could learn, play and benefit from nutritious meals.
On my trip to Malawi the dedication of the UNICEF teams and the joy and courage of the kids who I met in the safe space of the Children’s Corner was moving, humbling and inspiring
Sanjeev Bhaskar, UNICEF UK Ambassador
Sanjeev has supported our emergency appeals, with a particular emphasis during the pandemic on vaccine equity and encouraging the South Asian diaspora in the UK to get vaccinated. And he has been a keen supporter of our corporate partnerships over the years.
Sanjeev has been Chancellor of the University of Sussex since 2009 and was honoured with the OBE in 2005.
UNICEF is working tirelessly to protect children, like those Sanjeev met in Malawi, and give them hope for a happy future. We’re supporting programmes and communities, helping provide education and safe spaces for them to play and have some much-needed fun.
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