by Michael dEstries
Categories: Causes.

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The Devil Wears Prada star Anne Hathaway is ditching her designer duds and donning humanitarian garb for now. According to the NY Daily News Gatecrasher” column, “Anne Hathaway and her philanthropist beau, Raffaello Follieri, are off to Honduras, where they are helping to immunize every child under five against Hepatitis A.”

PR Newswire has confirmed that the announcement was made on June 22 in New York. The Follieri Foundation has “developed a Hepatitis A childhood immunization program that will eventually go to other countries. The Honduran program will provide two inoculations per child over a two-year period in villages throughout the country, totaling more than 380,000 vaccinations.” Last year, Hathaway and the Follieri Foundation began Hepatitis A innoculations in Nicaragua, and they hope to further expand the program throughout Latin America. Hepatitis A strikes younger children in this area of the world, due to poor sanitation.

There is a, um, snag, however, that came up simultaneously. Looks like Follieri, who has close ties to the Catholic Church, is being sued by an investor for misappropriation of corporate funds. Gossip blog IDontLikeYouInThatWay reports the spending included “private jets for himself and Hathaway, on a penthouse apartment in New York and at five-star hotels and restaurants.” While we don’t know to what extent Hathaway had knowledge of this information, she is a Board member of the Follieri Foundation. Yikes!

About Michael dEstries

Michael has been blogging since 2005 on issues such as sustainability, renewable energy, philanthropy, and healthy living. He regularly contributes to a slew of publications, as well as consulting with companies looking to make an impact using the web and social media. He lives in Ithaca, NY with his family on an apple farm.

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