Shakira, a famous singer and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, and her partner, Gerard Piqué, a soccer player for FC Barcelona, are hosting an online baby shower to raise awareness and support for vulnerable babies. The event will take place on January 16, 2013, and friends and fans are invited to join in the celebration. In an undated photo provided by UNICEF, Shakira is pictured happily pregnant with Piqué.
During a baby shower, one can give gifts that are both inspiring and affordable. For example, a small amount of $5 can purchase a mosquito net that wards off malaria, one of the top causes of child mortality globally. Another option is to spend $10 on purchasing polio vaccines to protect 17 children from contracting this incurable viral infection. Additionally, a baby-weighing scale can be bought for US$37 to keep track of the baby’s growth during the critical first years of life.