Tommaso Chiabra, 32 yo, author of this diary, is an entrepreneur, investor and manager of numerous companies in the international arena. Since 2016 he works with UNICEF Italia as a pro bono consultant. In the these pages, he wants to share his first field trip with UNICEF in Sierra Leone.
Freetown-Rome, May 2018 – «Dear passengers, we regret to inform you that the flight has been cancelled due to a technical issue. We are sorry for the inconvenience and we are planning a new departure within 48 hours.
For the next two days, you will be accommodated in the hotel opposite the airport where we stopped off: the airport of Monrovia,Liberia.»
If I had ever been told that hearing this sentence would have not hastily set me off to look for a solution, however crazy, to go back “home” I would have never believed it. Ever.
But it was exactly what happened.
While listening to the call that Elisabetta, a member of UNICEF Italy, made to her (until then) unknown Liberian colleagues, I realized that, after all, those two days would have not been wasted. During that first late night phone call, a visit to some of our nearby projects was arranged.
And in that precise moment I understood that after my field trip in Sierra Leone with UNICEF I had really changed and what may have been a “great waste of time” to my older self was now a “beautiful important opportunity”.
Actually, several great opportunities.
First of all, the chance given me to visit many of the UNICEF projects, a unique possibility to witness and finally fully grasp the reality I had heard so many of my colleagues talk about for the past two years.
Because none of their words could ever properly describe the smiling liveliness of the children’s eyes I stared into, the sweet resilience showed by the numerous mothers we met, the steady determination of the UNICEF staff and the sincere gratitude with which their efforts are met by the entire community.
A gratitude that made me feel prouder and prouder to be part of the “blue cyan organization“. Or “blue cyan angels” as they have been called ever since they kept working in Sierra Leone during the 2014-2015 Ebola outbreak, no matter how increasingly dangerous it became.
UNICEF SUMMER GALA 2018
UNICEF Italia and LuisaViaRoma announce the first international UNICEF Charity Gala in Italy to be held in Porto Cervo, Sardinia, on August 10, 2018.
The Gala’s Chairs include Alessandra Ambrosio, Ray Liotta, Rita Ora, Miles Teller, Michelle Rodriguez, Emily Ratajkowski, Andrea Panconesi, Georgia Fowler, Martha Hunt, Nadine Leopold,Sara Sampaio, Shanina Shaik, Josephine Skriver, Keleigh Sperry, Jasmine Tookes and Tommaso Chiabra.
This event, to be attended by a diverse list of international philanthropists from the worlds of entertainment, fashion and industry, will include an incredible cocktail overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, a gala dinner, multiple music performances, and an auction of art, luxury items, and impossible-to-get experiences.
The funds raised through the event will support UNICEF’s work to provide care and protection to the world’s most vulnerable children.
Despite remarkable challenges around the world, UNICEF staffers fight every day for the rights of every child seeking safe shelter, nutrition, protection from disaster and conflicts, and equality.
Ricky Martin and Rita Ora will be among the performers at the event, and DJ Ruckus will be among the After Party DJs.