Christina Aguilera may be busy mentoring contestants on “The Voice” these days, but just a few months ago, the singer jetted off to Rwanda and took a bit of time away from the spotlight.
This past June, Aguilera visited Kigali, Rwanda, on a hunger-relief mission on behalf of the World Food Programme and Yum! Brands, for which she is a global spokesperson. During her trip she saw firsthand the poverty that people face around the world.
The “Genie In A Bottle” babe opened up to People magazine about her recent trip: “This trip came at a time when I really needed to step away and connect with bigger issues in the world, [and] this trip really touched me in a way I never felt before. The people of Rwanda touched me in a way I cannot express or put into words. They are in a place that needs our help and I am so proud of the work that we are doing there.”
Rwanda is a beautiful country located in Central Africa, that is, sadly, still recovering from a brutal genocide that took place in 1994. During this horrific time, more than 800,000 people were murdered. Since then, life has continued to be a struggle for many people throughout Rwanda, as Aguilera witnessed firsthand when she met with refugees. She revealed: “As a mom, to know that there are kids that go to bed hungry is just not acceptable. Food is a human right in my mind and knowing that I can help means so much. In Rwanda, we visited a school. The kids walk approximately two miles to get there, not only to learn but for many this is their only meal of the day.”
Although the facts are quite gloomy, there is so much we can do to help the people of Rwanda. Several charities are doing fab-u-lous work there, and you can get on the right track by researching some of them. Did you know 31% of the people of Rwanda lack access to clean water? Head on over to Charity:Water to learn how you can get involved. Take action below!
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