The model shares her experiences visiting local families in Africa

By Megan Stein
Updated December 18, 2019 08:20 PM
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Source: Rosie Huntington-Whiteley/Instagram
Credit: Source: Rosie Huntington-Whiteley/Instagram

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley is traveling for a cause.

The model and actress recently visited Lesotho, a landlocked kingdom surrounded by South Africa, to see first-hand how the devastating food and water crises are affecting local families.

“Arriving into Maseru, the capital of Lesotho, it was impossible to miss the effects of the crippling drought,” Huntington-Whiteley writes in an account of her trip for British Vogue. “Seeing the reality for myself, I was left in no doubt just how bad the situation has become.”

Huntington-Whiteley, 29, joined forces with Unicef UK to visit with children and families suffering from water shortages, hunger, poverty, HIV and more.

“Every child and family I met had their own story of just how difficult life has become for them — children going to bed hungry, missing school or unable to afford to visit health clinics for potentially lifesaving treatment and vaccinations,” she wrote. “The scary thing is the situation is likely to only get worse.”

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Other stops included a local Sentebale youth center, a community nutrition club and the Unicef-supported Health Centre where Huntington-Whiteley learned more about the families’ day-to-day struggles, and was further inspired to contribute in any way possible.

“It is so important that we make sure these families are not forgotten at a time when they so desperately need our help,” Huntington-Whiteley said.