Photo: Selena in Chile
Actress, singer and UNICEF Ambassador Selena Gomez traveled to Valparaiso, Chile in her first visit to the southwestern coast of South America earlier this week. Accompanied by UNICEF staff and family, Gomez witnessed UNICEF’s efforts to help raise awareness and promote early childhood education and development.
“UNICEF is helping Chilean families get out of poverty, prevent violence within the home and promote education,” said UNICEF Ambassador Selena Gomez. “To witness first hand these families’ struggles, and also their hope and perseverance, was truly inspiring.”
During her visit to Chile, Gomez witnessed a UNICEF supported program, “Programa Puente” which helps families better understand and develops skills to deal effectively with early childhood education, development and parenting skills, and other issues related to raising children. Families are selected based on vulnerability factors and are assigned a professional social worker to support and guide them in their efforts to out poverty.
The mayor of Valparaiso took the opportunity to thank Gomez for her participation in the activity and reiterated his commitment to continue working for children in the area. “We thank Selena for making the time to be with us in this activity.”
After Gomez’s formal activity, there was a chance for her to chat informally with two families and their social workers about their lives and this program.
Gomez was appointed UNICEF Ambassador in 2009, becoming the youngest person ever to hold this post.
Gomez is in Chile for a concert with her band The Scene to be held on today at the Movistar Arena Santiago.