David Beckham visits children in Nepal with Unicef, six months after the earthquake
David Beckham went to Nepal this week, to meet children at a temporary school in Kathmandu.
After the devastating earthquake that hit Nepal in April 2015, tens of thousands of classrooms were destroyed. Since then, Unicef’s support has helped to set up 1,500 temporary schools in Nepal, including the one visited by David.
“I’m here to shine a light on how Unicef helps children recover after a disaster hits,” David said. “Unicef has built schools like this one to make sure a generation of children affected by the earthquake don’t miss out on their education. Children who’ve lost parents and friends, or seen their homes destroyed, now have somewhere to learn, play and talk about what happened to them. They can be kids again.”
When an earthquake or disaster puts children out of school for an extended time, many will drop out of their education completely. Temporary schools like the one David visited can help children get back to the classroom much more quickly.
In the six months since the earthquake, Unicef has immunised more than 50,000 children against diseases like polio, measles and rubella, and set up temporary hospitals to replace those that were destroyed.
Unicef has helped to set up check posts on Nepal’s borders, training staff to spot vulnerable children who in danger of being trafficked. So far they’ve helped to save 338 children from trafficking.
David’s commitment to Unicef will continue with an emotional return to Old Trafford on Saturday 14 November, where he will captain a Great Britain and Ireland star line-up – featuring a host of Manchested United legends – against a Rest of the World team led by Zinedine Zidane, with players including Cafu, Luis Figo and Ronaldinho.
The Match for Children will raise awareness and vital funds for his UNICEF Fund.
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Top photo: Unicef/Nickerson/2015