How Enrique Iglesias is helping 'Yolanda' child survivors


Posted at Feb 14 2016 07:31 AM

Save the Children COO Carlos Carrazana presents Enrique Iglesias the special Valentine's Day cards from kindergartners in Save the Children's programs in Tacloban City, the Philippines. Photo: Handout

MANILA - Kindergarten students from Tacloban City sent handmade Valentine's Day cards to singer Enrique Iglesias to thank him for helping kids, like them, who live in areas affected by natural disasters, through his partnership with Save the Children.

The 40-year-old Iglesias, whose mother is from the Philippines, received the cards Friday while on tour in promotion of his 10th studio album, "Sex and Love."

"I am honored to receive these hopeful messages from children in the Philippines," said Iglesias, who was also one of the first celebrities to call out for support when super typhoon Yolanda devastated Tacloban back in 2013.

"My fans have embraced this project in more ways than I could have imagined, and their generosity is going to make a big difference for kids in crises," he added.

According to Save the Children, a non-profit organization, funds raised through Iglesias' #Hearts4Kids T-shirt campaign will go to their Children's Emergency Fund.

The special fund allows Save the Children "to pre-position lifesaving supplies before an emergency hits, respond immediately to a crisis, and do whatever it takes to protect the lives of children."

Students from a kindergarten class in Tacloban City, Philippines make personalized Valentine's Day cards for Enrique Iglesias. Photo: Handout

"Typhoon Yolanda took a tremendous toll on children. I would like to thank Enrique Iglesias for his support to the children of Yolanda and to vulnerable children around the world," said Save the Children Philippines country director Ned Olney.

"We know from experience that the faster we respond, the more children’s lives can be saved during disasters. That is why the Children in Emergencies fund is critical for our work. This allows Save the Children to prepare communities and help children better overcome the next storm," continued Olney.

To date, Iglesias' campaign has managed to raise $25,000 (roughly P1.1 million) for kids in crises.