Haiti Is First Stop For New WFP Ambassador Christina Aguilera

WFP Ambassador Against Hunger Christina Aguilera meets children who receive WFP school meals in Leogane, Haiti.

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WFP’s new Ambassador Against Hunger Christina Aguilera visited two schools in quake-stricken Haiti on Tuesday to meet the children receiving food aid through WFP school meals programmes. Singing Happy Birthday to a class in Leogane, she also voiced her hope for a Haitian rebirth.

PORT AU PRINCE -- WFP’s new Ambassador Against Hunger Christina Aguilera visited two schools in quake-stricken Haiti in May to meet the children receiving food aid through WFP school meals programmes. Donate and add your voice to hers!

The world-famous singer helped serve meals of rice and beans to children at the Ecole Lysee Fritz Pierre Louis in Port-au-Prince and at the Ecole Saint Terese de Darbonne, in Leogane, a badly damaged town south of the capital.

All photos by Rein Skullerud

Aguilera met with WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran while in Haiti to discuss the hunger response after the earthquake. WFP's operation in the Caribbean nation is shifting away from emergency relief to programmes such as school meals, nutrition schemes and food-for-work projects to help the national recovery effort. See story: Food Aid Helps Small Towns Rebuild

During her time with children of Port-au-Prince, Aguilera also sang ‘Happy Birthday Haiti’ to highlight how reconstruction efforts in the country are giving this long-suffering nation the chance of a new start.

The singer’s appointment as a WFP Ambassador Against Hunger was announced last week during an appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show.

“A child dies every six seconds of hunger which is a huge statistic for me,” Aguilera told Oprah Winfrey. “After having my own child I just had to be a part of it and do something about it and help change that situation.” 

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