Marco Borsato has been War Child’s goodwill ambassador for fifteen years. In 2013, he visited our projects in the DR Congo, and upon returning, participated in several renowned Dutch radio and TV programmes to generate attention for the situation of children in DR Congo. He also co-wrote an opinion article in the Dutch newspaper De Volkskrant.
Marco attended the VIP premiere of the War Child school musical ‘Voor kids gaat de zon op’, showing his support for the children participating and the War Child cause in the Netherlands. In 2013, he continued to support War Child’s mission with his great energy and input, and by leveraging his extensive network.
Jetske van den Elsen
Kids ambassador Jetske van den Elsen visited War Child’s Child Friendly Spaces for Syrian refugee children in Lebanon in 2013. Three short films made during her visit were broadcast in three different episodes of the ‘Zapplive’ programme, during which she also talked with Dutch children about the situation of Syrian children in Lebanon. The broadcasts resulted in huge visibility for our work in response to the Syrian conflict, and increased the interest of Dutch primary school age children in our work. Children in the Netherlands are an important part of War Child’s constituency, as they form the peer group to the children we work with in conflict-affected areas.
Since 2007, War Child kids ambassador Jip Maathuis (born 1997) has sold chocolate letters for Sinterklaas (December 5) to raise money for War Child. Through his foundation ‘Jips Goede Doelen’ he sold 36,955 chocolate letters in 2013, raising € 36,955 for War Child. For his outstanding efforts, Jip won the 2013 European Young Ambassador award from Lions International at the Europe Forum in Istanbul. Last year, Jip visited a number of War Child’s projects in Uganda where he met with Ugandan youth. Jip was inspired by the young people he met, who were also trying to start a business, just as he had done.
Laura van Kaam
Winner of The Voice Kids 2013, Laura van Kaam (1998) became a War Child kids ambassador in 2013. She first became interested in War Child as a primary school student, prompting her to give a presentation about War Child to her class. In 2013, she was War Child’s VIP at several of our school musical VIP-premieres. In her role as War Child kids ambassador, Laura performed at gala for the centenary of the Peace Palace in September and at the opening of the National School Breakfast in November, 2013.
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