David Beckham Visits Typhoon Haiyan Children

TACLOBAN, 13 February 2014 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador David Beckham journeyed to Tacloban in the Philippines  to meet children saved from the devastation of Typhoon Haiyan. Beckham saw UNICEF’s vital emergency work for children, including visiting a child-friendly space at one of Tacloban’s major evacuation points.

I was humbled to visit Tacloban and see how people are still so full of spirit despite the devastation they have suffered. Close to 6 million children are affected and many have lost loved ones,” said David Beckham.

As a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, seeing how children are being given a sense of normality amidst the rubble of their communities has been amazing. I want to show people around the world how their generous donations have had an enormous impact on children and their families and how thankful people here are for their kindness.


UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere.


Image Credit: Tacloban, Philippines, February 13 2014 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador David Beckham meets child survivors of Typhoon Haiyan at a UNICEF-supported child-friendly space at one of Tacloban’s major evacuation points. Beckham made Valentine’s Day cards with children at the tented space where children play games and can access psychosocial support away from their devastated communities.  Credit: UNICEF/ Per-Anders Pettersson

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