As the orphan crisis in Haiti becomes more apparent, Angelina Jolie is in a hurry to help. She is now dedicating her support to SOS Children’s Villages, which is calling for all organizations to come together to make the right decisions for children without parental care.
As Brad Pitt is busy doing his part to help Haiti by appearing on the Hope for Haiti telethon at 8 p.m. tonight, Angelina is helping in her own way.
Angelina recently made a statement to the public expresses her support of SOS Children's Villages saying:
“We are all wondering how to help the people of Haiti and how to reach the most vulnerable. With 500 villages in 132 countries, SOS offers a family-based village model that provides for the holistic needs of a child — a caring parent, family, community, education and support.
SOS is the largest organization in the world that addresses the issue of children without parental care. SOS has been in Haiti for over three decades, now raising over 300 orphaned and abandoned children and caring for 4,000 more impoverished children and families to help prevent child abandonment.
That was before the earthquake. Now the needs for orphaned children are almost incalculable. SOS has been pulling resources together to provide temporary shelter for unaccompanied children, safe areas for mothers, and food, medicine, trauma counseling, and reunification programs for families and children.
SOS was there before the earthquake, and during it — but most importantly, SOS will be there for many years to come — to raise these children, in their communities until they are self sufficient adults.
As a long time supporter of SOS, I have visited many of these unique villages personally. I can vouch for their commitment and care for the children. As the Haiti situation unfolds, and we all focus in on ways to help these desperate children — I ask you to please learn more about and consider supporting SOS Children's Villages.”
"With over a half-century of experience, SOS is there before the tragedy, during the tragedy, and long after the cameras have gone home," Heather Paul, CEO of SOS Children's Villages said. "So is Angelina Jolie.”
SOS Children's Villages has been dedicated to the long-term care and prevention of orphaned and abandoned children for 60 years.
Each year SOS Children's Villages impacts the lives of over 1 million people.
For more information about SOS Children’s Villages, visit http://www.sos-usa.org.
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