Singer Katy Perry reflects on her visit to Vietnam
Known worldwide for her bright costumes and theatrical performances, pop singer Katy Perry is showing a different side of her star-worthy persona on the other side of the world. Perry recently returned from a UNICEF trip to Vietnam where she reflects upon the economic disparities and the efforts to help combat some of the most severe issues of poverty.
For fans, American pop singer Katy Perry is most commonly associated with eccentric clothing, elaborate concerts and memorable lyrics, but her latest role took her far from the bright lights and admiring fans she is used to in the United States. Perry recently returned from a trip to Vietnam with UNICEF, where she recounts meeting children and families.
Perry shares her experiences and photographs in Refinery29.com, a fashion, style and beauty website. In it, she writes about the nearly 8,000-mile journey she took to the country’s south central coast. She spent four days in Rural Ninh Thuan Province, described as one of Vietnam’s most impoverished regions.
One of the specific instances that captured her attention was a visit to a rural health centre that helps monitor malnutrition in area children. She describes meeting a young mother and toddler who had recently started coming to the centre. The two and a half year old child weighed only 16.5 pounds when he first arrived, well below that of a healthy child his age. Within two months of seeing healthcare workers the child was gaining weight, jumping and playing.
The third day of her visit brought the singer to the Phuoc Chinh public preschool. A majority of the students belong to the same ethnic minority group. While many of the kids grow up in homes only speaking their local language, the preschool teaches the kids Vietnamese, which Perry remarks is a necessary skill in attending primary school. She hopes schools such as this will make a difference in the future.
That same day she also met with older kids at the Ngo Quyen Lower Secondary School, where the vast majority are also in an ethnic minority. While many of the kids came from families of farmers, she met kids who dream of becoming teachers and doctors. One little girl, who dreams of becoming a musician herself, is pictured with Perry singing a rendition of Perry’s hit “Firework”. The pop star credits UNICEF for investing in the kids and their futures.
Overall, Perry describes her experience as humbling yet she remains grateful she was able to meet the young children. She urges everyone to work together to eventually break the longstanding cycle of poverty by ensuring that all children have an equal opportunity in life from the very beginning.
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