The Baywatch star's recent pictures of her bonding with children on the UNICEF tour of South Africa are heartwarming.
From Met Gala to Zimbabwe, Priyanka Chopra bonds with children over 'bindis'
Mumbai - 05 May 2017 12:33 IST
Updated : 14:40 IST
Priyanka Chopra's energy is undimmed. After wowing the fashion police with her iconic trench coat at the Met Gala, the actress has set out for Africa for her first stint as UNICEF's Global Goodwill ambassador.
The actress posted pictures to her Instagram page of her work as part of the UNICEF initiative to 'End Violence Against Children'. 'This is so very close to my heart,' wrote the actress on a post.
Chopra's stint with UNICEF began when she was appointed as India's UNICEF ambassador in 2010. Since then, the actress has been involved in a number of projects aimed at improving the lives of children across the country. Last year, she was appointed as the UNICEF Global Goodwill ambassador, and has carried the work forward.
It’s the end of a long day of travel from NYC to Harare but I’m not tired…. In fact, I’m energized, waiting for dawn to break so I can set out on the journey of discovery that these amazing women and men have laid out for me. Meet Team @Unicef. Their passion and compassion is contagious and their hard work and dedication evident in everything I have just seen and heard in our meeting. We are here in Harare Zimbabwe on a field visit in the first part of my trip to Africa as part of our efforts to #EndViolence against Children. I’m looking forward to tomorrow and the opportunity to meet the courageous young survivors, their amazing caregivers and the teams that wake up every day and try to make the world a better place… one child at a time. I want to take you all on this journey with me, real time, and I hope you will join me here on these pages to bring awareness to some very important issues. Like, share, comment… do something. This is so very close to my heart, and know that every action (big or small) counts. #ThisTimeForAfrica #PeaCeLoveHope #foreverychild
Going by the pictures, the experience of the children and their zest for life seem to have touched the actress to the core. In another post, the actress wrote, 'We cannot keep ignoring what is happening to our children around the world. My experience in Zimbabwe is a huge example of how the world is so desensitized to the plight of women and children.'
We cannot keep ignoring what is happening to our children around the world. My experience in Zimbabwe is a huge example of how the world is so desensitized to the plight of women and children. Mindsets need to change. It is not her fault!! She is not a commodity. Protect our children...they are the Future. @unicef #EndViolence
The children were quite taken by the Quantico star, who bonded with them over a very Indian thing, bindis. Chopra, ever the fashionista, gave the children quite the upgrade with her stylish bindis.
The resilience of the children, despite their history and experience of abuse, left an impact on the actress, who wrote, "Thank u for showing me that resilience will get u through anything.. '
Last post for the night! This special girl Nyasha wrote me a song. She had the voice of an angel. Sang it for me too. Raped as a tender Pre teen by her grandfather has dreams of being doctor and an actress. With tears in her eyes and a smile on her lips she sang me her song and said pls don't forget me. I will not forget u Nyasha. Thank u for showing me that resilience will get u through anything.. u r my inspiration. I asked for her autograph so that when she fulfills her dream I can say I know her..she obliged me #NamasteIndia #EndViolence #unicef #thistimeforafrica ... Until tomorrow... stay with me on this journey. Show the world that children all around the world need our attention.
Loyd( in the red t shirt) wants to be a musician. He has an incredible voice and is currently finishing a song he's composed called"I'm not shy of my status" thandiwe( the girl in the blue t who wants to be a psychologist ) and Tendai(in the checked t who wants to be an EMT) both had stories that made my heart break over and over again.. these young kids are so brave to have accepted their HIV status and know that they can live a wholesome life instead of giving up..AFRICAID is an inspirational organization that provides specialist services to children to be safe. This incredible group of CATS( community adolescent treatment supporters) who themselves are young children and adults living with HIV.. support HIV positive kids and families with knowledge skills and how to deal with the stigma of living with HIV. #unicef and #AFRICAID have partnered to do so much good work. I'm so moved and privileged to have spent so much time with them and the care workers. ðÂÂÂÂÂÂðÂÂÂÂ» keep inspiring the world.. Ps. I didn't post a pic with the faces of the group since a lot of them wanted their identity concealed because of the stigma they may face.
It has been a busy 2017 for the actress who has a big film, Baywatch, awaiting release. However, despite her various commitments, the actress seems to be committed to her job as UNICEF ambassador.
I couldn't keep this inside me so bear with me for one final post. If I tried to explain what I'm feeling right now, at the end of what has been an incredible day, I know words will fail me. So I'll just let the photos speak for themselves and let those beautiful faces with all those emotions shining in their eyes speak to you as they did to me. They made me believe, with every fibre of my being today, that there is good still left in us all and if we make even a little effort, we can somehow start to heal this world we live in. Thank you @unicef and the amazing people of Harare.
Chopra is expected to attend the UNICEF charity gala in South Africa on 6 May, before returning to the United States in time for the release of Baywatch.