First they got to raise yet another coveted trophy. Football Club Barcelona captured the 2009 Champions League title with an exciting defeat of Manchester United. And now, the team is choosing to raise awareness, demonstrating their support for HIV victims in Swaziland.
Earlier this month a photo exhibit was unveiled at the UNICEF headquarters in New York called, Life and Hopes of Orphans and Vulnerable Children in Swaziland.’ It is a moving display of 28 photos that show UNICEF’s work with the young people living with HIV in Swaziland, taken by Catalan photographer Pep Bonet. The photos first debuted in 2007 where they were on display at FC Barcelona’s Camp Nou stadium.
“When I am seeing these pictures, I remember my personal experience in Swaziland,” said Barca President Joan Laporta. “It’s really nice to remember that we are contributing to help these kids. It touches our hearts.”
The FC Barcelona Foundation has been a UNICEF supporter since 2006, agreeing to donate €1.5 million (about $1.9 million) towards UNICEF’s programs annually. The alliance continues through 2011.
The team has a long history of philanthropic activity, and during the first year of the partnership with UNICEF, FC Barcelona’s supported programs benefiting children affected by HIV and AIDS in Swaziland. Swaziland has one of the highest rates of HIV infection in the world. Thousands of children have been orphaned by AIDS, and thousands more are in need of support, protection and treatment.
The photo exhibit will be on display at UNICEF House until the end of August.
How you can get in the game:
Head to the FC Barcelona Foundation website to make donations
See the virtual photo exhibit