Shakira is a United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) ambassador who is on a three-day visit to Bangladesh. She has appealed to the world community to help rebuild schools in cyclone-devastated Bangladesh.
Cyclone Sidr struck Bangladesh on Nov. 15 with winds of 250 kph and a 5 metre sea surge that battered large parts of the coast. Nearly 3,500 people died and millions have been left homeless. The storm also destroyed crops and infrastructure worth more than $2 billion. It is the worst disaster to hit the impoverished South Asian country since 1991, when a storm killed about 140,000 people.
Shakira is one of those rare artists that has developed a reputation as a generous philanthropist. It's a shame the trampy personalities become the role models.