Photo: Neida Sandoval Helping Honduran Kids
After leaving her job as newscaster on Univision television’s “Despierta America” (Wake Up America) morning show, Neida Sandoval has invested her time in campaigns to help needy children.
The journalist will be named this week as ambassador of SOS Children’s Villages International in her native Honduras, where she will travel to unveil the work of the organization that helps orphan children and those whose parents cannot support them.
“It’s always best to start at home, because my country has many needs. For me, children are precious jewels we have to care for with a lot of love so that the vicious circle of abandonment, domestic violence and the lack of family values begins to break down and the country’s younger generation can start to thrive,” Sandoval said in a telephone interview with Efe.
“When I left Univision after working there for 23 years, one of the things the company granted me, and for which I thank it, was my request to be able to use my image for charity work,” Sandoval said.
This being the first interview she has given after resigning from Univision in June 2011, Sandoval agreed to address what happened at the network, but without going into detail.
“Leaving ‘Despierta America’ was not my decision, but leaving the company was. They gave me options that I didn’t consider the best for my family’s well-being, which is the most important thing for me. It was a pretty hard decision, but I was firm and I’m happy to have taken it,” she said.