Gigi Hadid is currently taking part in her first humanitarian mission in her new role as a UNICEF ambassador. Taking a break from vacationing with her on-again flame Zayn Malik, the model is visiting Rohingya Muslim refugees in Bangladesh as part of a United Nations Children’s Fund initiative. During her humanitarian trip, the part-Palestinian model is spending some time with Muslim children in Cox’s Bazaar’s Jamtoli Refugee Camp, documenting the visit on her Instagram and Twitter. “Across all camps, 1.3 million people currently require humanitarian assistance, more than half of them are children,” she wrote on Instagram, alongside an image of herself clad in a headscarf, posing with three refugee kids.
She goes on to further elaborate that from January-July of this year, Unicef has enrolled 91,929 refugee children in emergency non-formal education, trained 2,762 teachers to support improved learning for refugee children, and provided 146,670 refugee and host community children with psychosocial activities and gender-based violence services. The Jamtoli Refugee Camp is currently home to approximately 45,000 Rohingya refugees who escaped Myanmar after the 2012 riots that resulted in the displacement of over 90,000 people.
Hadid first announced the news that she was joining the ranks of HM Queen Rania of Jordan, Serena Williams, Priyanka Chopra, and Katy Perry as a UNICEF International Ambassador back in June. “Very much looking forward to learning and working with UNICEF,” the 23-year-old told her 40 million followers, alongside a shot of her at the organization’s New York headquarters.
An advocate of human rights, the outspoken model often voices her support for Palestine, taking to social media to weigh in on the country’s ongoing conflict. Additionally, she’s attended the Women’s March and joined her younger sister Bella to protest America’s immigration ban, as well as supported educational organization Pencils of Promise as part of her collaboration with Stuart Weitzman.