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From Met Gala to Zimbabwe, Priyanka Chopra bonds with children over 'bindis'


The Baywatch star's recent pictures of her bonding with children on the UNICEF tour of South Africa are heartwarming.

Photo: @PriyankaChopra/Instagram

Shriram Iyengar

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

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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.'

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.. '

 

 

 

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. 🙏🏻 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.

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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.


 

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.