The importance of celebrities and social projects

I do not have as much knowledge as I’d wish regarding UNICEF, but what they say about themselves is that they are a humanitarian and development agency working globally for the rights of every child. They’re not the only organisation fighting for human rights, of course, but they’re the only one I know enough to write this.

The special thing about UNICEF is that they ask famous people to be ambasadors. That basically means that celebrities like Tom Hiddleston, Ewan McGregor, Selena Gomez, etc. go for a few days in underdeveloped countries and try to bring awareness to the rest of the world. You can read Tom’s diary from when he visited Guinea here.

Also, they participate in different campaigns, events, fund raisings and such. That’s important because they bring forward problems that would stay forever hidden by ignorance.

The discrepancies between the developed and undeveloped countries are huge. The people from the third world suffer from hunger, lots of them not knowing if they’ll survive another day. Also, they don’t have proper sanitation. Can you imagine not having clean water to drink? These are basic human needs, and they don’t have access to them.

We want evolved countries, economies and infrastructure, but according to globalissues.org, at least 80% of humanity lives on less than $10 a day. 

You know what our problem is? We don’t teach charity to the young. They do have a natural instict to help, but once they grow up they become ignorant of other people’s problems. Society inhibits their desire to contribute to a happier world. There is such a little amount of schools that actually teach children about the real problems. We grow up into teenagers with no basic knowledge of politics and social structures (which are important factors of development). We need to know how the world works so we’ll know how to fix it.

There’s such a big illusion about social mobility. We think we have equal opportunities, that even if we start small, we can still succed. Maybe that’s right in first world countries. But what about the others? Children come to life with no actual chances to improve their condition. They have no schools, no homes, no food. We have to help others create a favorable environment for social growth, then we can evolve on a global scale.

We live in the 21st century, we have access to more than we can imagine, but so many people are dying of hunger, or because of unproper medical care. What does this say about us?

Famous people that try to bring awareness to the wrongs of this world is a step forward. Apparently, that’s one of the few ways people will listen. If Orando Bloom is into charity, then it means it’s important. Well, charity was important way before that, but not many people were keen to listen. The good thing, though, is that celebrities that promote kindness and involvement are awesome and their impact is huge.

Us, the people who can afford devices to read or write content on the social media, we have to realise that not everybody is as fortunate as we are, and that we have the power to improve and help others. Kindness is what will save this world. So maybe you’ll start thinking on a bigger scale, and understand that you are not alone in this world. And that you can help making it a better place.

*picture and video by UNICEF

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