Gigi Hadid is sharing a behind-the-scenes look at her work with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in Bangladesh.
Ahead of New York Fashion Week this September, the 23-year-old model revealed she is using her time off to partner with UNICEF and meet the women and children in Bangladesh benefiting from the charity organization’s programs.
Posting photos of her humanitarian trip to Instagram, Hadid disclosed that she visited the Jamtoli Refugee Camp in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, where she met with Rohingya Muslim refugee children.
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Jamtoli Refugee Camp, Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. Population: 45,470 (as of 21 Jun 2018). Across all the camps, 1.3 million people currently require humanitarian assistance, more than half of them are children. From January-July of 2018, UNICEF has enrolled 91,929 refugee children in emergency non-formal education, trained 2,762 teachers to support improved learning for refugee children, provided 146,670 refugee and host community children with psychosocial activities and/or Gender-Based Violence services, & have reached over 900 thousand people with oral cholera vaccines, primary healthcare services in UNICEF-supported facilities, and with the Penta 3 vaccine, protecting against life-threatening illnesses such as diphtheria and pertussis. Link in my bio to learn more 🇧🇩 @unicefusa @unicefbangladesh #CHILDRENUPROOTED
In another post, the model gave a closer look at one of the “Women/Girl Friendly” zones within the Jamtoli Camp.
“We spoke about their personal stories and hardships, what they enjoy and benefit from currently in the refugee camps, what they still need and what they hope for their futures,” Hadid wrote.
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Today at one of the ‘Women/Girl Friendly’ zones in the Jamtoli Camp: a safe place for women, young and old, to come learn basic education as well as personal hygiene, skills such as sewing, and also a place where they can share & connect with other women. We spoke about their personal stories & hardships, what they enjoy and benefit from currently in the refugee camps, what they still need, and what they hope for their futures. Their strength, bravery, and desire to learn and better their lives and the lives of their children is inspiring and encourages us / @unicefusa to continue to find new ways to support these amazing human beings during this crisis. @unicefbangladesh #childrenuprooted
The cause seems close to Hadid’s heart as the model’s father, Mohammad Hadid, came to the United States as a Muslim refugee.
In January, Hadid joined her younger sister, Bella Hadid, to protest U.S. President Donald Trump’s travel ban that targeted some Muslim-majority countries.
Meanwhile, fans have been loving Hadid’s trip to Bangladesh with UNICEF, revealing on Twitter how proud they are of the star.