It was recently announced that Rooney Mara will fill the role of Lisbeth Salander in the upcoming American remake of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. The relatively unknown actress—seen in A Nightmare on Elm Street and Youth In Revolt—landed the coveted role after beating out a list of more established actresses.
Not only an actress, Mara is the founder of Faces of Kibera, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping the orphans in Kibera, Kenya where 1 out 3 children is orphaned and 1 out of 6 is HIV positive.
On the organization’s website, Mara writes, “For most of the children in Kibera, their futures will probibly [sic] not be much brighter than their present lives. Due to the large number of children that need help and the lack of resources at hand, these children are not given the full support they need. Having a safe place to live and learn will kindle a positive spirit within them. Using aid and education to assist and empower the children as they mature into adulthood, which may then inspire them to ease the pervasive suffering prevalent in their community.”
Faces of Kibera is currently working to build a community-based facility to provide care and services to the local orphans.