Agnes Chan Visits Palestinian Children For UNICEF

first_imgUNICEF Goodwill Ambassador for Japan, Agnes Chan, has ended a three-day mission to the occupied Palestinian territory where she witnessed the challenges faced by Palestinian children.The trip by Dr. Chan – a pop singer, television personality and doctor of education – was aimed at giving her an understanding of the critical assistance UNICEF programmes provide to Palestinian children and women with financial support from donors including Japan.Dr. Chan visited Hebron’s Old City. She also travelled to Khan Al Ahmar, a poor Bedouin community lacking basic infrastructure such as electricity or running water. She saw how Bedouin children and families in even the most isolated communities receive primary health care from mobile clinics supported by UNICEF and partners.In the densely-populated enclave of Gaza – home to 1.6 million Palestinians, half of them children – Chan played with adolescents in a UNICEF-supported family centre supported by UNICEF. These safe recreational facilities bring children, if for just a few hours, a sense of normalcy.She visited families and heard about their challenges in accessing clean drinking water; 90 per cent of water from the aquifer from which Gaza draws its water supplies has been deemed unfit for human consumption. Chan saw water tanks — installed by UNICEF with funding from Japan – that allow families to receive clean water despite daily power cuts.“The situation in Gaza is very difficult for families,” Dr. Chan said. “The children I met opened my eyes to how resilient they can be in the face of hardship. I hope they will be allowed to fulfil their dreams and that both Israeli and Palestinian children will be able to live in peace someday.”Chan concluded her visit with a concert commemorating the 23rd anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child in the presence of Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad and the Japan representative to the Palestinian Authority. She performed in both Japanese and in Arabic in front of a packed Ramallah Concert Hall with children from the Edward Said National Conservatory of Music.Dr. Chan has a Ph.D. in education from Stanford University and is the author of more than 70 books. Her first song was released when she was 14 years old. She has been a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador since 1998.Source:UNICEFlast_img read more

InterHealth Canada sponsors basketball team trip to Puerto Rico

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, July 6, 2017 – Providenciales – A team of basketball players from the TCI Rising Stars Basketball Club is preparing to compete in an international basketball tournament on July 18th – 22nd 2017 in Puerto Rico. The  tournament is expected to attract teams from countries such as Costa Rica, Dominican Republic and Mexico.InterHealth Canada is a key sponsor of the team from the Turks and Caicos Islands, which will consist of fourteen young male athletes from Grand Turk and Providenciales. The corporate arm of the healthcare management company provided financial aid and purchased the team uniforms.During a media briefing on Wednesday, July 5th 2017 at the Downtown Ballpark in Providenciales, Public Relations and Marketing Manager for InterHealth Canada TCI, Nikira John said the donation reflects the company’s commitment towards health promotion and encouraging youth, especially young men, to stay physically active and productively engaged. Secretary of the TCI Basketball Federation, Trevor Cooke also participated in the media briefing to offer best wishes to the team during their final two weeks of practice.President and Vice-President of the Rising Stars Basketball Club, Marvin and Jarrett Forbes intend to utilise the opportunity to promote their older athletes on an international scale with hopes of receiving a college scholarship.The TCI Rising Stars Basketball Club has managed to seize unique overseas opportunities for its basketball stars in the past. Dwaine Simmons, a young athlete of Grand Turk most recently secured a college basketball scholarship with Dakota College in the United States.The club was established in the Turks and Caicos Islands in 2012 with a mission to empower today’s youth and teach young basketball players to have respect for themselves, their peers, and their community by instilling a code of ethics built on honesty, responsibility and team work.Currently, there are 90 athletes registered in Providenciales and 82 athletes registered in Grand Turk ages 8-18. The goal is to eventually expand to the islands of South Caicos, Middle Caicos and North Caicos.Press Release: interHealthCanadalast_img read more