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Book Title: Totto-Chan's Children: A Goodwill Journey to the Children of the World|
The author of the book: Tetsuko Kuroyanagi
Format files: PDF
ISBN 13: 9784770025326
The size of the: 434 KB
Date of issue: November 1st 2000
Read full description of the books Totto-Chan's Children: A Goodwill Journey to the Children of the World:Every year all over the world some 13 million children die needlessly of malnutrition and preventable illnesses. Children are also among the hardest hit in armed conflicts -- over 20 million have suffered from wars in the last ten years. The same children, of course, live, play, and grow up and try to have some fun, too.Tetsuko Kuroyanagi is Japan's most beloved TV personality. She has also been a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador for over fifteen years. This book records the journeys she made in this important capacity to visit the world's most unfortunate children in fourteen countries from 1984 to 1996. Readers will be shocked by her description of a six-year-old, undernourished boy who could not think, speak, walk, or run. In Haiti she met a girl who sold herself for less than a dollar. "I'm so afraid I will get AIDS, but I have to eat tomorrow", she explained. No one will forget the Indian boy who wished her health and happiness as he lay dying of tetanus.
This book, however, is more than just a sad and sentimental report on the world's dying children. Kuroyanagi's undeniable and universal love for kids gives her a rare gift for seeing beyond their struggle for survival. Indeed, it is her familiar descriptions of children at play -- like all kids everywhere -- that bring home the fact that they all deserve something better and that we should be doing more to give them a better chance at life.
Anger, pity, despair, delight, hopelessness -- these are the emotions recorded in this moving and horribly accurate report on how natural and man-made atrocities have robbed millions of children of everything but their smiles.
Read information about the authorTetsuko Kuroyanagi is an internationally famous Japanese actress, a talk show host, a best-selling author of children book.
She founded the Totto Foundation, named for the eponymous and autobiographical protagonist of her book Totto-chan, The Little Girl at the Window. The Foundation professionally trains deaf actors, implementing Kuroyanagi's vision of bringing theater to the deaf.
In 1984, in recognition of her charitable works, Kuroyanagi was appointed to be a Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF, being the first person from Asia to hold this position. During the late 1980s and the 1990s, she visited many developing countries in Asia and Africa for charitable works and goodwill missions, helping children who had suffered from disasters and war as well as raising international awareness of the situations of children in poor countries. Kuroyanagi has raised more than $20 million for the UNICEF programmes that she has been involved in, through television fund-raising campaigns. She also used the royalties from her bestselling book, Totto-chan, to contribute to UNICEF.
In 1997, Kuroyanagi published the book Totto-chan's Children, which was based on her experience working for as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador from 1984 to 1996. Kuroyanagi is a director of the Japanese branch of the World Wildlife Fund.
Kuroyanagi has twice brought America's National Theater of the Deaf to Japan, acting with them in sign language.
For her involvement in media and television entertainment, Kuroyanagi won the Japanese Cultural Broadcasting Award, which is the highest television honour in Japan. Since then, she has been voted 14 times as Japan’s favourite television personality, for the show Tetsuko’s Room.
In 2000, Kuroyanagi became the first recipient of the Global Leadership for Children Award, which was established by UNICEF in the 10th anniversary of the 1990 World Summit for Children. In May 2003, Kuroyanagi received Order of the Sacred Treasure in recognition of her two decades of service for the world’s children.
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