Katy Perry Gives Back in Madagascar

By ANTOINETTE BUENO

April 08, 2013

Katy Perry recently visited Madagascar on behalf of UNICEF, where she witnessed the harsh realities of living in one of the poorest countries in the world due to a political crisis that began in 2009.

"In less than one week here in Madagascar, I went from crowded city slums to the most remote villages and my eyes were widely opened by the incredible need for a healthy life -- nutrition, sanitation, and protection against rape and abuse -- which UNICEF are stepping in to help provide," Perry said of the life-changing experience.

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During her visit, Perry visited a child protection center and met abused and abandoned children and young mothers receiving support and counseling in Antananarivo, the country's capital. She also visited a nutrition center, where she learned about UNICEF's efforts to tackle chronic malnutrition.

"I saw a nutritional center where women bring their children, mostly birth to five, and they check up on them -- their weight and measure their arms," she explains. "I guess it shows if they're eating properly and they teach them about nutrition."

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But the pop star's experience wasn't just one-sided -- she was also able to bring joy to school children by spending quality time with them. Check out the video to see her get engaged in an intense ping-pong battle and even line-dance with the locals!



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