Jolie and Pitt Donated $2 Million for Ethiopian Children
Superstar couple, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are making headlines with another generous act they did recently.
As announced by the nonprofit group Global Health Committee (GHC) on Monday, the pair through their foundation, the Jolie-Pitt Foundation, have donated two million dollars to help children affected by HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis in Ethiopia. GHC said in a statement, “The money will be used to create a center for AIDS and tuberculosis-affected children in the capital city of Addis Ababa, and to help establish a program to treat drug-resistant tuberculosis”.
The clinic will be named after the couple’s three-year-old adopted daughter Zahara, who is an Ethiopian born child. It will be modeled after a similar health center in Cambodia, also funded by Pitt and Jolie. The one in the Phnom Penh, Cambodia was called “The Maddox Chivan Children’s Center,” named after their oldest son, 7-year-old Maddox, who was adopted from Cambodia. It is also a result from their cooperation with GHC.
44-year-old Pitt said in a statement, “It is our hope when Zahara is older she will take responsibility of the clinic and continue its mission.” While Mama Jolie said, “Our goal is to transfer the success we have had in Cambodia to Ethiopia where people are needlessly dying of tuberculosis, a curable disease, and HIV/AIDS, a treatable disease”.
Since February 2006, the center has provided medical treatment, education and social services to children affected by HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis. “The Jolie-Pitt gift will allow us to deliver care and ease the great suffering caused by TB and AIDS”, said Anne Goldfeld, co-founder of GHC and Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School.
The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) who has Jolie as their goodwill ambassador estimates that almost a million children have been orphan by AIDS in Ethiopia. The country has the seventh-highest rate of tuberculosis disease in the world, an estimated 1.7 million people in the country are infected with HIV and 6,000 people infected with drug-resistant tuberculosis, according to the World Health Organization.
Of course, this is not the couple’s first philantropic act. Not so long ago, the proud parents of six children, once donated one million dollars to Iraq for the children who got affected by war. God bless their generous heart!
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