The President of Ukraine, Volodimir Zelenskyhas held a meeting with the goodwill ambassador of UNICEFbritish actor Orlando Bloomwho has promised to support the country in the reconstruction of infrastructures for children.
As reported by the Ukrainian president on his website on Monday, the protagonist of “The Lord of the Rings” will promote the arrival of “humanitarian aid and infrastructure reconstruction projects aimed at guaranteeing the interests of Ukrainian minors” as UNICEF ambassador. .
“Among the priorities are the development of the family care system for children deprived of parental care, the creation of infrastructures for early childhood development, as well as the empowerment of youth projects and entrepreneurs (‘startups’)”, added Zelensky.
In the meeting with the Ukrainian head of state, the protagonist of “Pirates of the Caribbean” emphasized that he was “Impressed by the courage and resistance of the Ukrainians that, despite the war, remain strong”.
Zelensky thanked the actor for his visit and his work at UNICEF, which he represents “an important message. It is of great importance for us – he stressed – that the world knows what is happening in Ukraine during the war”.
He also emphasized the importance of creating a safe environment for ukrainian childrenboth for those who are in the country and for those who were forced to leave it by the war.
The Ukrainian president also called on Bloom to lead his efforts to provide bomb shelters for Ukrainian schools.
“Of course, provide bomb shelters to schools is a huge challenge. During the war, material support for such initiatives is of particular importance to us,” he added.
The meeting with the British actor was attended by Zelensky, the head of the President’s Office, Andriy Yermak; the advisor and commissioner to the president for the Rights of the Child, Daria Herasymchukand the Ukrainian UNICEF team headed by the head of the Fund’s Mission in Ukraine, Murad Shahin.
During his trip to Ukraine, Orlando Bloom visited the cities of Kiev and Irpin, as well as the town of Demydiv, near Kiev, “where he saw the terrible consequences of the war that has been going on in our country for more than a year,” Zelensky specified.
Orlando Bloom explained, for his part, that he had visited one of the schools in Irpinalready equipped with a bomb shelter which he said is part of the “type of projects that are important to UNICEF”.
Meeting participants also discussed the return of Ukrainian children who were deported to Russia by the occupiers and, in this sense, Zelensky asked UNICEF to help the country to solve this problem.
Only 324 of the at least 16,200 children estimated to have been deported and detained by Russia have so far returned to Ukraine, while families, voluntary foundations and the state treat each case separately in the absence of a single mechanism for their repatriation, according to the humanitarian foundation “Save Ukraine”.
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