Lionel Messi Donates Ks23 Million to UNICEF Kenya Project

Global football superstar and also Barcelona captain Lionel Messi has donated Kshs23 million to fund a Kenya project.

Messi granted the cash through his charitable organisation towards a United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) scheme in the country.

The funds will be used to build a water pump and supply food supplements.

The scheme will provide access to running water in homes and primary schools and will help 2,000 people.

According to the project’s design, the children will each get two litres of water during a school day, with new bathrooms being constructed in schools to improve hygiene.

At least 4,000 food supplements will be distributed in hunger-stricken areas.

Messi’s generous work is often targeted towards helping children, which is attributed to the difficulty the Barcelona star suffered as a child.

Since he was 11, he would undergo intravenous treatment every night for three years to assist strengthen his legs and counter the growth deficiency he had suffered.

It is for this reason that the footballer spends much of his time and money away from the pitch to help disadvantaged children.

In 2007, he set up the Lionel Messi Foundation, which has afterwards gone on to help medical research and fund medical centres throughout the world.


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