by MPD
Categories: Causes, People
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Photo: prphotos.com

What do Maggie Gyllenhaal and husband Peter Sarsgaard have in common (besides two awkward “a’s” in their last name)? They both have a soft spot for children.

The couple recently teamed up with Espirit to open an SOS Children’s Village in Alibaug, India.

The project is one of many SOS Children’s Village franchises around the world, which are dedicated to providing family-based care for children who have lost their parents or can no longer live with them.

“Despite the dynamic economic advances India has enjoyed in recent times, it may be hard to accept that India has the largest population of street children in the world with at least 18 million children living or working on the streets of urban India,” said Gyllenhaal. “Protecting children’s rights is a universal responsibility that requires global commitment from us all. It’s a privilege for Peter and myself to join hands with Esprit and promote the remarkable work of SOS Children’s Villages.”

SOS Children’s Villages currently house 78 thousand children in 132 countries worldwide. The Gyllenhaal/Sarsgaard village will offer homes to an additional 140 children.

Check out the video of Maggie and Peter opening the new village below, and stop by Espirit.com/bigbang to learn more!