At 7 feet tall, the LA Laker’s Pau Gasol isn’ just a big man on the court; he’s also a humanitarian. He chose the iPad as the method to disseminate his message that, regardless of where they live, children deserve to eat plentiful and nutritious food.
Gasol recently narrated Give a Day HD, an interactive story book for children created by PlayTales children’s book app developer (formerly TouchyBooks). This educational book tells the story of two children, David and Kolobo, who share the common wish that their baby siblings will grow up strong and healthy. The funds raised from sales of the book app will support UNICEF child survival programs through Gasol’s own Pau’s Project, an initiative that supports education and nutrition programs in Africa.
“This story is about helping children overcome life’s greatest challenges, which is what UNICEF does every day in its work throughout the world,” said Gasol. “Together, we can help change the lives of so many children who need our support to survive and develop.”
Give A Day HD, which was written by Carmen Gil and illustrated by Emilio Villalba, is narrated by Gasol in English, Spanish, and Catalonian.
Parents who want to introduce UNICEF to their children won’t want to miss Give a Day HD. Download the story from the App Store for $1.99 with the knowledge that your small contribution will help kids like Kolobo, while also giving your own children a better appreciation for their own circumstances.
Our readers may remember a similar partnership between the book developer and UNICEF that benefitted young victims of the 2011 Japanese Earthquake. Such efforts are heartening reminders of the way that technology can be used to educate and to assist children around the world.