April 08 - Katy Perry visits Madagascar as ambassador for UNICEF. John Russell reports.
Like fellow celebrities Angelina Jolie and Madonna, Katy Perry is volunteering her time for humanitarian causes. The singer traveled to Madagascar last week as part of her role as a UNICEF ambassador. The trip was meant to bring attention to the situation of children in the tropical island country, one of the poorest in the world and still recovering from a political crisis that began in 2009. Perry visited a UNICEF-supported pre-school and a primary school built to enable children to go back to school. SOUNDBITE Katy Perry saying: "An education is such an incredible opportunity, most kids don't get the opportunity to be educated sometimes that's because of their families, or having to help out or having to make a living at a very young age. Or it's cultural or there isn't a school that's provided for them. So I think it's an incredible, wonderful, miracle of an opportunity to have a school here on top of this mountain and I think the fact that they walk 45 minutes at 6 o'clock in the morning, and it's 2013, is a testament to how appreciative they are about their education." Perry's trip also included visiting a child protection center and met with children and young mothers receiving support and counseling.