MSC Cruises recently partnered with UNICEF to raise funds for malnourished children. The luxury cruise line, which is the largest privately owned cruise line in the world and a market leader in Europe and South America, collected more than $6.9 million to provide Ready-to-Use Therapeutic Food (RUTF) to hungry kids.
So far, upwards of 2 million sachets of RUTF have made their way to children in South Sudan, Ethiopia, Somalia and Malawi. MSC Cruises and UNICEF also dispatched 6 containers comprising more than 22,000 supplies, in effort to relieve suffering in Malawi.
“We are delighted to have reached this new contribution milestone, thanks to the generosity of our guests. As a family-run Company, we care deeply about the wellbeing of families around the world,” said Pierfrancesco Vago, executive chairman at MSC Cruises.
MSC Cruises has worked with UNICEF since 2009, together establishing global initiatives to bring assistance to starving children in countries affected by crisis and in developing nations. Monies came from MSC Cruises guests’, fleet wide, as the company encouraged travelers to donate to the effort.
“Through the funds raised onboard our ships, thanks to our ‘Get on Board for Children’ initiative, we are able to provide life-saving food to severely malnourished children around the world, where and when most needed.”
More than 41,500 kids received treatment in Malawi, 6,300 in Somalia, and 9,400 in both Ethiopia and South Sudan. These countries have seen multiple challenges including flooding, food shortages, prolonged droughts and stagnant economies.
The need for food is dire in these places, especially for young children. MSC Cruises and UNICEF’s long partnership has resulted in nearly 67,000 kids and their families getting the sustenance they need – all since just 2014.
To find out more about MSC Cruises philanthropic efforts, and to book a journey to support the cruise line, visit the MSC Cruises website.