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!