These days it’s all about Africa! Between Ben Affleck’s trip to the congo, Natalie Portman’s visit to Rwanda or Don Cheadle’s Darfur documentary, Hollywood is pulling up their well-tailored sleeves and getting involved abroad! Teri Hatcher is the most recent member of Team Africa and presented a donation of $35,000 to the people of Kenya while on a two-week vacation in Nairobi.
While in Africa, Hatcher and her daughter spent some quality time with members of the community and visited local schoolchildren. Teri said: ”They loved my daughter. We talked about math. We joked. They would say, ‘What subjects do you like in school? What’s your hardest subject? What do you like? What do you do? What’s your favorite thing to do?’ We talked about sports.”
It’s estimated that more than half of the country’s 31.3 million people are poor, and 7.5 million of the poor live in extreme poverty. A trip to kenya.amref.org told me that $10 dollars a month can pay for a treated mosquito net that could save the life of a child under five, $150 dollars will rehabilitate one local village and reduce cases of water borne diseases, and that $300 dollars can send a specialist to a rural hospital for one week who perform 10-15 surgeries and treat many patients as well as train local staff. Wow!
To find out more about how you can get involved in Kenya, visit kenya.amref.org