In the aftermath of April’s unfortunate earthquake in Nepal that affected nearly 2 million children, Bulgari’s partnership with Save the Children has benefited more than 28,000 children in the area through a series of programs to protect children, who are the most vulnerable during crises, from harm.
Bulgari Global Ambassadors Adrien Brody, Italian actress Isabella Ferrari, Spanish model and actor Jon Kortajarena, and HSH Princess Lilly zu sayn Wittgenstein Berleburg visited the region earlier this week to witness these programs firsthand and learn about the continued recovery efforts in the region through the partnership of Bulgari and Save the Children.
Following the earthquake nearly six months ago, Bulgari CEO Jean-Christophe Babin donated half a million Euros to support the global humanitarian aid response, allowing Save the Children to enhance their relief and recovery efforts and meet the critical unique needs of children most affected.
“Since the beginning of its collaboration with Save the Children in 2009, Bulgari has raised over 30 million Euros, an amazing result which is unique in the luxury sector,” says Babin. “Best of all, thanks to our partnership, living conditions have been improved for 700,000 of the world’s most vulnerable children to date in 25 countries, including Nepal.”
The visit to the districts of Kavre and Sindupalchowk allowed the Global Ambassadors an opportunity to interact with children and their families in safe and temporary learning centers established by Save the Children, funded in part by Bulgari, where they are able to learn, play, socialize and return to a sense of normalcy and comfort. More than 5,000 schools in Nepal were destroyed, and many more were damaged, in the earthquake.
“The boys and girls I met in Nepal were gentle and kind and full of dignity. Save the Children provides a place for these young minds to flourish. Education affords the tools for self-reliance and I remain impressed by Bulgari’s commitment to helping these children,” said Oscar-winning actor Adrien Brody.
In response to the quake, Save the Children has been engaged in Nepal to reunite children with their families, prevent children from being exploited or lured into hazardous and illegal labor, establish child protection committees (CPCs) and work in sync with local government officials, teachers and other caregivers to keep children safe from abuse or violence in their communities and with their families.Save the Children has worked in Nepal since 1976, and has extensive health, education and child protection programs throughout the country.
“Nearly six months have passed since the devastating earthquake struck Nepal, but children are still in great need of support,” said Carolyn Miles, president and CEO of Save the Children. “We are grateful to our long-term partner Bulgari for their commitment to our work. Together, we are helping Nepalese children feel safe and secure, so they can be kids again.”