Bayan Yammout was born in Beirut, Lebanon during the civil war where she spent 17 years living in a war zone. Bayan witnessed first-hand what it means to be a child impacted by conflict – hiding in bomb shelters, searching for water and losing family members. She grew up seeing her parents helping others by distributing UNICEF emergency supplies in shelters, providing educational activities to children, transporting injured people to the hospital, and risking their lives to help others.
Bayan left Lebanon in 1997 and later moved to Canada with her husband. Bayan is now an elementary school teacher in Toronto and is fluent in four languages. She hopes to help others through UNICEF and wishes for children affected by conflict to know that they aren’t alone.
As an active Ambassador, Bayan promotes UNICEF’s work in education and child protection, especially during times of conflict.