After a successful career in film, Audrey Hepburn was in 1989 appointed a Goodwill Ambassador of UNICEF. For Hepburn, who had received food aid as a child at the end of WWII, UNICEF’s work was deeply personal.
During her career, she followed and visited projects in Africa, Asia, and Central and Central and South America. She will never be forgotten for her contributions to the welfare of children around the world, shining a light on desperate conditions in Somalia and elsewhere.
Hepburn’s impact, more than a result of her fame, was a product of her eloquence, her tirelessness sharing an important message, and the passion with which she articulated it. She spoke before the U.S. Congress and European Parliaments, and gave as many as 15 interviews a day relating to her work with UNICEF.
Her passion for the work she did was recognized with various awards, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor in the U.S. She has inspired—and continues to inspire—millions around the world, including here at the Foundation. Known for her outward style, she is admired, respected, and adored even more for the inner elegance that guided her life.
Following Hepburn’s example, SNF has provided several grants for UNICEF emergency relief efforts over the past decade.
Founded in 1946, The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) works internationally to save and improve children's lives by providing health care and immunizations, clean water and sanitation, nutrition, ed