リッキーマーティンはカッコイイ [2007年02月26日(Mon)]

世の中、いろんな天災が起きたりして、そういうときに、いわゆる有名なお金持ちの方たちが募金をしたりするわけですが。そのお金の出し方によって有名人の評判がかわる。
先日のタイ取材の時聞いた話なのですが、津波の時の有名人のお金の出し方で一番格好良かったのはリッキーマーティンだという事を言う人がいた。
理由は、多くの人が、赤十字などの国際機関にお金を出したのだが。その判断は間違ってはいないが。リッキーマーティンは、こういう目的でお金を使って欲しいと宣言して、関係機関にお金を出した。この姿勢がカッコイイというのだそうだ。
そう思った理由は、大きな組織にお金を出すと、すぐに現地に落ちてこなかったり、自分の思っているところにお金が届かなかったりするからだという。
逆に、カッコワルイのは、当時の首相であるタクシンさんで、他の国がお金を出そうとしているのに、タイは国内のお金でどうにかなるとか言って、海外からのお金を拒否したからだそうだ。まあ、タクシンさんにも一理あるにしても、南部には評判悪いから仕方ないかも。
そんな、リッキーマーティンだが、今度は、人身売買撲滅プロジェクトに着手したのだそうだ。
今までの、子どもの医療や教育についての取組に加えて、人身売買と奴隷を廃絶するために動くのだそうです。
内容は、どうも、中米地区を対象に人身売買被害者のための毎日24時間体制のコールセンターを設置するようです。

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R・マーティン、人身売買撲滅プロジェクトに着手
2007年02月21日

2月20日、歌手リッキー・マーティンさんが人身売買や奴隷などの撲滅を目指すプロジェクトを発表(2007年 ロイター/Juan Carlos Ulate)

[サンホセ(コスタリカ) 20日 ロイター] プエルトリコ出身の歌手リッキー・マーティンさんが20日、コスタリカの首都サンホセの大統領府で、人身売買や奴隷などの撲滅を目指すプロジェクトを発表した。

マーティンさんは、教育や医療面などで困難を強いられている世界中の子供たちをサポートする基金「Ricky Martin Foundation」で自ら会長を務めており、この基金を通じて今回のプロジェクトを運営する。

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February 20, 2007
Ricky Martin and President Oscar Arias launched Llama y Vive to combat human trafficking

Costa Rica – World renowned Puerto Rican pop singer Ricky Martin and Costa Rican President Oscar Arias Sánchez are today joining IOM, the Inter American Development Bank and UNICEF in San José for the launch of the counter trafficking information campaign “Llama y Vive” (Call and Live) and a telephone hotline.

The regional campaign and the telephone hotline, which will operate in all Central American countries, were designed to alert potential victims of trafficking, protect children and youth and provide information to the general public.

A message from Ricky Martin is at the centre of the campaign. Television and radio public service announcements and posters and will bring his message during the next six months to all Central Americans.

IOM and its partners expect that the new hotline and the massive media attention will translate into increased awareness on the perils of human trafficking. The hotline is operated by trained personnel 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Costa Rica is a country of origin, transit and destination for human trafficking. The majority of the victims are forced into sexual servitude. But media reports also confirm the existence of human trafficking for forced labour, as well as trafficking within the country’s borders. The country’s youth are the most vulnerable to human trafficking.

Today’s launch is part of the Global Agreement signed in May 2006 between IOM and the Ricky Martin Foundation.

In Costa Rica IOM will also work with el Patronato Nacional de la Infancia (PANI), la Línea 911 and the Fundación Ser y Crecer.

IOM has received the funding for this campaign from the US Department of State Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration (PRM).

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↓こちらは、リッキーマーティンのタイでの取組み。
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December 21 , 2006
Ricky Martin Foundation and Habitat for HumanitY Announce Completion of Partnership to Help Tsunami-Affected Families
Hundreds of Tsunami-Affected Families and their children have homes in Thailand thanks to the support of The Ricky Martin Foundation and Habitat for Humanity

BANGKOK (December 21, 2006) – As the second anniversary of the deadly Indian Ocean tsunami approaches, Habitat for Humanity International and the Ricky Martin Foundation announced the completion of their partnership to restore 224 new and rehabilitated houses for tsunami-affected families in Thailand.

Musician and philanthropist Ricky Martin visits a Habitat for Humanity build site in Thailand where his foundation helped to make 224 homes a reality in partnership with tsunami-affected families.

“Through the generosity of Ricky Martin and his foundation, we were able to leverage the funds to improve the lives of hundreds of families with good housing, upgraded water and sanitation and enhanced livelihood opportunities,” said Jonathan Reckford, CEO of Habitat for Humanity International.

As an advocate of children’s human rights, Ricky Martin visited Thailand in January 2005 to assess the needs of the youngest survivors who are extremely vulnerable to traffickers after natural catastrophes. “During my first trip to Thailand immediately following the Tsunami, I met with families that had literally lost everything, including family members who were primary care providers and their entire lives were changed from one moment to the next. The priority was to see that families, especially those with young children, were able to move out of tent camps, where they were in many cases in danger, and into good permanent housing”, recalls Martin.

Two months after The Ricky Martin Foundation visited the devastated zone, they signed a historical alliance with Habitat for Humanity to construct 224 homes for the tsunami-affected families. In July 2005, Martin returned to the coastal zone of Phang Nga to dedicate the completion of the first Habitat houses with their new owners. “The Ricky Martin Foundation puts the lives of children and families first; it is a pleasure to partner with them,” said Peter Gape, Habitat’s regional program manager for the Mekong countries. In that specific zone PhrueTiaou, Phang Nga province, a total of 60 houses were completed as part of a large relocation project serving families that were the hardest hit of the Thai tsunami-affected families.

“Working with Habitat for Humanity, we were able to move 60 families into brand new homes in a matter of months, and the effect that this had on their lives was again, life changing, but this time for the better. During my second trip to Thailand, I had the opportunity to hand the house keys to the first set of families. It was incredible… I saw that by working together, the Ricky Martin Foundation and Habitat for Humanity provided not only shelter, but more importantly hope, to some of the most vulnerable citizens, the children, and their families,” Martin concluded.

As more governmental, non-governmental organizations and the private sector joined the building effort, Habitat for Humanity International and the Ricky Martin Foundation focused on the poverty-stricken coastal community of Kho Sirey that was suffering from tsunami damage and loss of livelihood. “The fishing industry recovered slowly, so construction employment was a real boost to the community. Now there are new and improved houses and for the first time, non-polluting toilets. Kho Sirey is a model of improved housing and community services,” added Gape.
Habitat for Humanity has helped more than 700 tsunami-affected families in Thailand to construct improved housing. More than 6,000 families in India, Indonesia, Sri Lanka and Thailand have benefited from Habitat’s tsunami-recovery program.

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