Indian cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar has embarked on a new journey, this time off the cricket pitch and onto the stage of global humanitarian efforts. As a UNICEF Ambassador, Tendulkar visited Sri Lanka, where he took a heartwarming step towards improving the lives of children.

During his visit, the cricket legend collaborated with Governor Navin Dissanayaka and UNICEF representatives to make an impactful visit to a preschool in the picturesque Sabaragamuwa Province. The purpose of this visit was to shine a light on the essential work being done by UNICEF in partnership with foreign and local authorities to enhance early childhood education and support for the children of Sri Lanka.

“Commend his dedicated time and profound compassion in championing this noble cause on behalf of the Sabaragamuwa Province,” expressed Navin Dissanayaka, the Governor of the Sabaragamuwa Province.

As the economic crises in Sri Lanka continues to impact communities across the country, pre-school mid-day meals continue to buffer children’s health and education. Facilitated by UNICEF Sri Lanka, with funding from UNICEF Australia and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation through UNICEF USA, this emergency response aims to provide the most vulnerable children in pre-schools across 8 districts with at least one cooked, nourishing meal per day.