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Christina Aguilera has impacted the lives of hundreds of children on her numerous relief trips, but her last trip impacted her personal life in a way she never expected. The singer/actress visited Ecuador, where her father is from, for the very first time last week, on a relief effort trip with the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), an organization that aims to eradicate hunger and poverty.

“This particular trips was sort of extra-special for me because it is my blood and heritage. My father was born in Ecuador and my grandfather was born in Quito, which is the city I stayed in.” Aguilera said in an interview with the Associated Press. 

Aguilera has faced some criticism in the past for not being "Latina enough" even after releasing "Mi Reflejo" ("My Reflection") — which won her two awards: a Billboard Latin Music Award and one Latin Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Album. And in 2011, she released "La Casa" ("The Home"). This trip also alludes to the peace we hope she has reached with the reportedly estranged relationship with her father Fausto Aguilera

Whatever the case, it's clear this trip means a lot to Aguilera and with that she will be releasing a public service announcement — using footage from her WFP humanitarian trip — as the global spokesperson for the Yum! Brands’ World Hunger Relief initiative to raise hunger awareness, it is expected to air sometime next month.

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Aguilera has worked with Yum! Brands since 2009, not only is it the parent company of Pizza Hut, Taco Bell and KFC, it is the world’s largest private sector hunger relief initiative. It’s eight-year-old World Hunger Relief initiative has raised more than $600 million in cash and food for the United Nations’ World Food Programme and other organizations.

During her trip, Aguilera met with local refugee families suffering from the effects of hunger and served lunch to hungry children at a school who might be receiving their only meal for the day through WFP’s school feeding program.

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“It felt that much better to me that I was in a place that I felt so connected to and was able to give back to,” Aguilera said. 

We applaud Aguilera for getting in touch with her roots, giving back to her country, and paving the way to a better, hunger-free, future.