GAO VILLAGE, Mali, 23 October 2009 In the village of Gao, some 1200 km away from Malis capital city of Bamako, local children were given the special chance to speak to UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and Belgian astronaut Frank De Winne live from space.
UNICEF, together with Malis Regional Office for Health and Sanitation, organized a radio transmission with Mr. De Winne, who is currently commanding aboard the International Space Station (ISS).
Mr. De Winne was familiar with the village of Gao and the school the children he spoke to are from. He came to Mali before his mission in space to inquire about hygiene and access to water in the desert areas.
He saw the problems of access to clean water and he [met with] children in Gao. When he came back to Europe, he wanted to find a way to keep the link with them, said Regional Head of the Department of Health and Sanitation, Hamadoun Dicko.
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